Writers & Photographers

Writer & Photographer Friends

Our Planet Travel is lucky to have a group of talented and professional writers and photographers who help me spread the good word about sustainable travel and living. Here are some regular contributors and friends who help me out. Please check out their websites and blogs. And look out for their next stories on the Blog.

Marie Barbieri_squareMARIE BARBIERI
Marie is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer living in Adelaide, with features in many leading travel and health magazines. Marie enjoys assisting with and promoting nature conservation, and is an avid bushwalker and cyclist. Blog: www.mariebarbieri.weebly.com/blog



Dana Benner bio image DANA BENNER
Dana Benner has been writing about all aspects of the outdoors for over 33 years with his work appearing in both regional and national publications in the U.S. He holds a M.Ed. in Heritage Studies and teaches Sociology, History and Political Science at the university level. Dana also has a particular interest in Native American culture and history. Dana is based in the USA and is a regular guest writer for Our Planet Travel.


Katie_Bennett_squareKATIE BENNETT
Professional photographer Katie takes photos with a difference. Her unique skills are in producing emotionally connected imagery. Katie was a finalist in the 2013 National Photographic Portrait Prize. Katie has done an extensive series of eco photos for Our Planet Travel, in a joint project titled “Life on the Green Road”. Katie has just returned from an extended family campervan journey around Australia and has now re-established her photography business based at Mt Nebo, near Brisbane: www.embellysh.com.au

Lina_Cronin_squareLINA CRONIN
As a journalist with an international tourism management degree, Lina has worked and volunteered in many countries; including for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in Spain. She now offers her skills to Our Planet Travel on a regular basis – which we are very grateful for. Lina currently works for Ecotourism Australia. 



Bruce_Nepal_squareBRUCE FOREMAN
Trained in Australia as an environmental scientist, Bruce was seduced by a chance to tour lead through China and Tibet. Fifteen years later he still lives in Asia, photographing and researching travel destinations, promoting environmental education through cultural immersion, and writing for travel magazines. His photo essays are always stunning, with a real eye for unique images. He also operates a travel business Bikeaways, offering guided cycling tours in China and Japan: www.bikeaways.com


Kristi Foster

Trained as a conservation biologist (previously geologist), Kristi has worked across four continents to promote projects that benefit people and nature. From the National Autonomous University in Mexico, to the World Agroforestry Centre in Kenya, Fauna & Flora International in the UK, Ecotourism Australia and Crees Foundation in the Peruvian Amazon, Kristi’s passion for sustainability has inspired her to communicate tourism as a tool for conservation and development. With travel to 23 countries and counting, she is always discovering new adventures that benefit people and planet.

Tony_Karacsonyi_squareTONY KARACSONYI
Tony Karacsonyi is an award-winning wildlife photographer and travel writer, living on the NSW South Coast. He has a passion for wildlife, the sea, photography and all living things. Tony has travelled extensively in search of wild places, including Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Ecuador, Antarctica, India, Komodo Islands, Tonga, Philippines, Spice Islands, even Aldabra Atoll. Tony aims to keep travelling and photographing nature. In doing so, bring attention to the world’s diminishing wildlife and wild places.


Danielle_Lancaster_squareDANIELLE LANCASTER
Danielle is a photojournalist based at Mt Tamborine, just outside Brisbane. She is a winner of several photography awards, with her most recent being the ‘Best Travel Book Writer’ at the 2014 Travel Journalism Awards held in Fiji. Danielle loves nature and the outdoors, and particularly loves photographing the Australian outback. Danielle is also the judge of our photo competitions and owns Bluedog Photography: www.blue-dog.com.au



Linda McCormick is a freelance journalist and travel writer living in Melbourne. Originally from Northern Ireland, Linda’s obsession with travel started at a young age when she set off in search of a warmer place to call home. While travelling she became more aware of the negative impacts of globetrotting and the importance of sustainable and responsible travel. She now travels with a different attitude and shares her passion for the natural world and eco travel in her writing. Linda’s work is published in a number of leading magazines, papers and websites, and on her own travel blog: www.verdemode.com


Kara Murphy_squareKARA MURPHY
Kara Murphy is a Brisbane-based travel photojournalist specialising in underwater and nature-based adventures. She hugs saltwater whenever possible, snorkelling alongside sea turtles, throwing the ball to her dog, or paddleboarding, and she believes picking up plastic bags from the seaside brings good karma. View her underwater photography or purchase sea turtle-themed phone cases by visiting: www.karamurphyimages.com


Kim holds a dual degree in Journalism and Arts, and a Honours degree. She’s recently completed a Masters in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University; and is currently working in Jordan. She has travelled to 24 countries (and counting…); however her favourite eco destination is Cuba – due to its untouched landscapes and seascapes. Her other passions are international politics and bush walking. Kim has written many stories for Our Planet Travel, and continues to enjoy her travels – lucky girl!


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