The rising Instagram stars you HAVE to follow
THEY'RE masters of the perfect filter, have thousands of followers and are fast becoming names for themselves on Instagram.
The one thing they have in common? These 12 rising Insta stars are all from Mackay.
1. Brooke Nash
Brooke was a finalist for Miss Universe as a 19-year-old back in 2011, and since then the former St Patrick's College student is keeping busy in Brisbane -- and on social media.
The model has more than 151,000 Instagram followers, in 2016 named as GQ's Instagram girl of the week.
She's posed for magazines like Galore, Cosmopolitan and Harper's Bazaar, appearing in ad campaigns including Bose and Beats by Dre.
The 26-year-old has recently become a face for a Sydney swimsuit label called 'Bond-eye', a one-size-fits-most piece for sizes 6 to 12.
2. Jed Collard
Jed describes himself as a "tradie, tour guide and photographer of landscapes".
Originally a Mirani boy, Jed travels for work, running his photography business 'FarOut Photography'.
"I love photographing the Mackay region to show people how much it has to offer, the hidden paradises in the surrounding areas, and to encourage people to try and visit these places while supporting local business," Jed told the Daily Mercury.
"Being able to portray a subject, scene or landscape the way I see it or in a way that shows others the value of the area to create greater respect for it, is why I'm interested in photography."
He says he's been fascinated with the art of photography since a young age, with his interest taking him on a 'astrophotography expedition' on the north west coast of Western Australia until mid-August.
"In the last couple of years I have started to perfect camera techniques to produce high quality work for display purposes in homes, offices and cafes," Jed said.
3. Jake Birch
A former Mackay lad, Jake is currently travelling through the United States, chronicling his travels via Instagram.
Nobody in Mackay ever seems to make it down to Harbour Beach anymore! Seriously one of the nicest beaches here! I love it here 🏝 . . . . . #liveauthentic #folkscenery #modernoutdoors #stayandwander #lf10k #theoutdoorfolk #weareexplorers #socality #mountainstones #liveoutdoors #getoutstayout #gramslayers #simplyadventure #moodygrams #lookslikefilm #wildernessculture #UnderFiveThousand #agameoftones #theimaged #createscenery #way2ill #igmood #killeverygram #createexplore #rsa_outdoors #visualtones #depthsofearth #thisisqueensland #outdoortones #meetmackayregion @underfivethousand @theimaged @edgygrams @depthsofearth @folkscenery @thevisualtones @thetravelfolk
His interests include hiking, wilderness and photography.
4. Jack Manzelmann
Jack is a former Mackay North High student, and has amassed quite a following on Instagram, with more than 27,300 followers.
5. Mark Fitz
The Mackay snapper featured in the top position in Tourism Queensland's '18 travel bloggers you need to follow in 2018'.
"Photographer-turned-blogger and Queensland local, Mark Fitz knows his tropical island paradises, having travelled up and down the east coast countless times. Capturing palm-fringed sunsets, ice-blue waters, and sand so white it gives HiSmile a run for its money, Mark has your never-ending island escapes on tap," Emily Robertson from TQ posted.
For Mark, there's nothing he enjoys more than putting Mackay on the map -- and with his 61,100 Instagram followers, the local landscape is being promoted to a huge audience.
"Instagram is a great way to spread awareness of destinations and it's an important tool in helping inspire people to visit a region," Mark said.
"With so many users on there, everyday new potential visitors are being exposed to places that they have never heard of before.
"Regions like Mackay can become a must visit destination simply because of its 'instagrammable' experiences that aren't available elsewhere such as the kangaroos and wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough."
Is it just me or does it look like Terry the Turtle is sticking his finger up at me?! 🐢🤣 Happy #TurtleTuesday, hope you're having a happier one than grumpy Terry! 🐢💦☀️😂 #ladyelliotisland @ladyelliotislandecoresort . . #olympusinspired #visitbundaberg #southerngreatbarrierreef #thisisqueensland #seeaustralia #aussienewstoday #lovethereef #citizensgbr #australiagram #beautifuldestinations #beautifulmatters #wonderful_places #takemetoaustralia #exploringaustralia #ourlonelyplanet #tv_aqua #ig_australia #watchthisinstagood #sandisk #whpwildthing #water_shots #openmyworld #escapesnaps #tlpicks #gramslayers #LiveIntrepid #PADI #beboundless
Mark's recent photo of a turtle at Lady Elliot Island went viral, as it appeared the turtle was giving our Mark 'the bird'.
"(The photo) was shared everywhere! It even scored a mention in newspapers in the UK, US and Mexico!" Mark said.
6. Luke Sartor
Luke is a Mackay boy, who posts a lot of arty shots around Mackay and beyond. Often in coffee shops he also likes beach scenes and other landscape shots.
Fellow Instagrammer Mark Fitz says Luke is a social media star to watch.
7. Hannah Wilson
Along with her adventurous Insta posts, Hannah's blog is where she writes about her "love of the ocean, adventure, travel and the occasional stroll down to the local pub".
"Why am I doing this you ask? In 2015 everything changed for me. My greatest role model, and also the man who made me giggle over a loaf of bread, my Dad, passed away. That day, that moment, made me realise how short this life, my life, is."
"I now live with the mindset of living each moment like my last, loving my family and friends more and more everyday and appreciating every sunrise and sunset."
8. Sarah Raines
"Welcome to my filtered life ... travel... fitness... outdoor adventure" says Sarah, a Mackay local who loves Instagramming the Mackay region with her group of friends.
9. Holly Webb
As Holly says on her Instagram, "I'm passionate about photography and how it can make a person feel".
"If I'm honest, I work way too much, but when I do have spare time, I spend it with my family and friends, camping and planning travel adventures to pretty places."
She has an amazing number of astrophotography shots on her Instagram, particularly around the Mackay region.
10. Fiona Hollingworth
Fiona is a Mackay resident, currently studying marketing at CQUniversity, and looking forward to some more local travel adventures now she's finished.
A lover of Instagram herself, her favourite local Instagrammers she says are "awesome" are Girltrekker, Cherrieflea, mackaybehindthelens, thehungrytravellers, hans.adventures, elpho_, stormybeachbelle, sarrahh1190 and Jake Birch.
A recent photo she took in a 'secret waterhole' off Cape Hillsborough went viral across Facebook and social media, sparking others to make the trek to the Insta-worthy waterhole for that perfect #nofilter shot.
11. Cherrie Hughes
Cherrie is a mum of two who runs her own business, Cherrie Hughes Social Media and Photography; teaching people to use social media to enhance their business.
"We mainly do it for small businesses that can't be in a position to have staff but they want to take advantage of free marketing, which is basically what social media is if it's done properly," she told the Daily Mercury.
"Mackay has cane, cows and mangoes - what more do you need? We've also got rainforest and 31 amazing beaches. Shoal Point is hands-down my favourite beach. It's friendly, you can go for a fish, and it's got barbecues. You can go out on a king tide to Green Island and see an amazing array of things."
12. Belinda McMahon
"Love travel, storms, beach, photography, flying, weather - yep that's me in a nutshell," Belinda says.
The Mackay-based snapper has a love for the roos on Cape Hillsborough -- so much so, one of her photos even ended up on a wall in the Mackay Airport, one of the first scenic shots greeting travellers as they touch down in the sugar city.
She's a lover of storms, hence the Insta name, and told the Mercury previously that she loves heading to Clermont, Dysart and Moranbah to snap the weather.
"I head to Nebo as a starting reference and I can travel up to 800km a day for that one shot," Belinda said.