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Krystle Wright is the Aussie woman who'll do anything for a photo. Anything.

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Krystle Wright hasn’t led a traditional sort of life. The 32-year-old born and raised Queenslander has built a reputation for being into the extreme: travelling where there’s no WiFi, hanging from cliff faces, wading through murky waters… and taking exquisite photos at the same time.

Which is why the Queensland-born adventure photographer has earned the reputation as a woman who pushes the boundaries of life and art – literally.

Growing up on the Sunshine Coast of Australia, Krystle says she knew from a young age that she was meant to live the life she’s living.

“I knew I had to be outside, I knew that’s the only way I could be happy,” she tells Mamamia. “I was always comfortable being out of my comfort zone.”

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Now, a self-described “international nomad”, Krystle travels to the ends of the earth for one thing: the chance to get that elusive, but perfect, shot. Of all things, it was a severe hang-gliding injury in Pakistan that helped her decide that adventure photography was her life’s calling.
“At the end of 2011, I was injured very badly, and then not long after, I was offered the chance to be a guide on a ship,” Krystle explains.

“It was to teach people how to take photos of wildlife in Antarctica, and I loved that idea. Being on the ship, it’s meant I’ve been a nomad ever since.”

 

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At the end of last year, Krystle was called home. She was asked to capture the spirit and warmth of spectacular Cairns and the Northern Territory in the latest campaign for the Great Northern Brewing Company.

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It was a chance to combine three of her great loves: a cold beer, Queensland, and photography. The 32-year-old was also enthusiastic about the opportunity to show that yes, women drink beer too.

“Seventy-eight percent of women agree that beer advertising tends to talk more to men than women,” Krystle says.

“I so wanted to talk about beer from a female perspective. “It was exciting to think I was bringing a message from one Queenslander to another.”

And so last December, Krystle travelled to Cairns and Darwin to photograph model, hiker and camping enthusiast Shayelle LaJoie, and others, in the breathtaking natural scenery of Tropical North Queensland and the Northern Territory.

One of the days of the shoot was the hottest day on record in Cairns (42.6 degrees). The shoot itself was gruelling: Krystle waded through leech-infested waters, and scaled her way up rocks, to capture the magic of the natural landscape.

For Krystle, it was absolutely worth it. Take a look at some of the incredible images she captured:

Spectacular NT through Krystle's lens. Source: Supplied.
Spectacular Cairns through Krystle's lens. Source: Supplied.
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Spectacular Cairns through Krystle's lens. Source: Supplied.

It's an experience Krystle says she'll never forget.

"It's not often you do a shoot and then jump into a waterfall," she says.

"The challenge as a storyteller is to make people relate. I wanted to talk to a female audience about something they don't often get to hear from women about, and something they aren't usually involved in, and I got to do that with this campaign."

It should come as no surprise that Krystle loves a crisp beer after pushing herself to the limits.

"It's the best way to end the day."

This content was brought to you with thanks by our brand partner, Great Northern Brewing Company.

For more information, and to see Krystle's full campaign, visit Great Northern Brewing Company on Facebook and Instagram.

Great Northern Brewing Co.

Great Northern Brewery was established in Cairns in 1927, brewing beer to suit the unique northern Australian climate. Great Northern Brewing Co continues this tradition by brewing longer to produce crisp and refreshing lagers that are perfect for the endless summer of the Great North.

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