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Cathy Finch Photography

Toowoomba QLD

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Behind the lens

Cathy is a "dare to be different" contemporary photographer and travel journalist based in Toowoomba, Queensland.

Her work takes her around the world, capturing stories of people, places and nature.  Fuelled by a passion for reality and beauty in every situation, Cathy covers everything from news, sport, events, mining and port photography, to contemporary portraiture, school formals, studio, advertising, and travel.  Specialising in adventure, she is happiest in the wide open spaces working on anything daring, bold, or a little bit edgy.

As a photographer for one of the world's leading image libraries, Getty Images, (formerly Lonely Planet travel photographer), her work has been published in many newspaper, magazine and guide book publications from Camping to Luxury Travel and Adventure outlets, including the prestigious Australian Geographic magazine.   

Cathy also teaches photography in Toowoomba for Bluedog Pty Ltd and shoots news and feature stories in the area for the Courier Mail.  

 

Bio by Cathy

Raised on a small farm in country Queensland, I have long been seduced by the great outdoors although still baffled how a young, naïve, farmer’s daughter picks up such an insatiable desire to travel.

Inspired by an imposing picture of Machu Picchu on the hard cover of my school atlas, I set off (amid much family protest) with a daring ticket to ride. I wanted to see the world. Already equipped with a schoolgirl love of words and images, I traipsed through Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Greece, Africa, Israel and Egypt with a SLR film camera hung over my shoulder. When the check-list of countries and money finally dwindled I put myself to work within the stocks and shares heavies in London, the ski fields of the Austrian Tyrol and a job on a cruise ship bound for Alaska and Tahiti.

As a trainee wine sommelier, I quickly discovered that wine came out of a bottle, not a box, and with a shimmering silver taster cup dangling expertly around my neck, I pulled more tips than the Captain could ever imagine. The world was at my porthole.

After many years wandering, clear blue skies and the sound of magpies warbling called me home to join a private vessel filming a series of underwater documentaries, sold to the Discovery Channel. When the chasing of great white sharks, salt water crocodiles, whale sharks, tuna aggregations and the likes became second nature, I finally opted to put pen to paper professionally to complete a diploma in photojournalism, followed by a two year stint with the Canberra Times.

I proceeded to live in Karratha, one of Western Australia’s most remote and rugged posts, then Central Queensland, working on newspapers and freelancing my work around Australia. I was a weekly columnist and travel reporter with the Gladstone Observer and on-board as a photographer, shooting news, sport, travel and lifestyle.

Today my passion and inspiration for both foreign lands and my own home country, burns deeper than ever. I live to know more about my world and continue to dream of open spaces, where there are no paths, and go on each and every assignment striving to bring back, with vividness, the heart of every destination in words and honest images.  While in town I enjoy the excitement commercial projects bring, whether it's out on a mining site, playing on big machinery, or dealing with vivacious school children and the general public.  

I love my pillow menu and putting on the heels in five-star luxury. I enjoy fancy food shows and healthy retreats but I am at my happiest climbing mountains, skiing down them, diving reefs, droving cattle, four-wheel-driving, rafting, jumping off cliffs and sleeping in my swag under the stars.

It could be said I specialise in adventure and wildlife but put me on assignment and I will rise to any challenge. As a professional photographer, strong images bind together my words and articles.

Most importantly perhaps, I am a mum.  I have two beautiful girls who frighteningly seem to share my spirit of adventure and will take to the trail with me to report on any tale or exploit.

Life is precious.  Live it, Believe it, Record it.

Cathy
 
Getty Image Photographer
Tutor for Bluedog Pty Ltd
Courier Mail Photographer (on-call Toowoomba/Darling Downs)
Full writer member of the ASTW (Australian Society of Travel Writers)
Winner of 2009 ASTW Excellence in Journalism Award for ‘Best Image Taken in Australia’
Winner of 2010 ASTW Excellence in Journalism Award ‘Photographer of the Year'
Finalist 'Photographer of the Year' 2011,2012,2013