Kate Ausburn
 

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 When I'm not at my laptop, I like to head out to national parks and get super stoked about how great the light is and how awesome mountains are.

When I'm not at my laptop, I like to head out to national parks and get super stoked about how great the light is and how awesome mountains are.

Hi, I'm Kate.

I'm a writer, photographer, and digital content producer.

I work with all sorts of organisations on digital strategy, content production, and search engine optimisation (SEO).

The work I do makes for a lot of time on the laptop... that's one of the reasons why, on weekends, I hike — whether exploring somewhere new or making the most of nearby National Parks, and that's what I share on this website.

 

Photographs published in:

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How I came to be doing this work

I've been building things online for over a decade, writing for as long as I can remember, and photography… I've been doing that for about five years, during which time my photos have appeared in national and international publications.

Welcome, you’ve got mail!

My introduction to online was very 1990s — my first website was on Expage, I created cartoon dolls in the Palace, I learned the art of internet oversharing and cliques on Livejournal, chatted with mates on ICQ (eh-oh!) and AIM, and sent my first email newsletter from easymail (before moving to AOL because ‘you’ve got mail’ was once more exciting than inbox zero).

Writing // blogging

I didn’t know how to get a job at a magazine or newspaper, so I made my own. During my teens and early twenties, I created a number of websites, including founding a lifestyle blog that covered topics including work, relationships, style, and politics. My blog opened the door to opportunities ranging from brand collaborations, to visiting New York City to cover international diplomatic negotiations at the United Nations.

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From Sydney to London, via New Zealand

While writing that blog, I spent a number of years living and working abroad, first in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island, and then in the London. When I returned to Sydney I went to university to study communications and journalism, ultimately earning a degree in media and cultural studies.

To the frontlines

During this time I moved away from writing about lifestyle topics, and turned my focus to politics and social movements, writing a weekly political opinion column for a newspaper, as well as a blog about environmental issues including mining and climate change. It was these projects that led me to pursue media and digital communications work with environmental nonprofits and advocacy organisations.

 Visiting Penny on her family's farm at Gurley.

Visiting Penny on her family's farm at Gurley.

Working with these organisations often meant travelling around NSW and beyond, with my camera and laptop, to meet and tell the stories of communities on the frontlines of environmental battles. You can read some of those stories here.

This work deepened my appreciation not only of people's resilience, but of the vitality of place, and protecting diverse natural landscapes.

 
 
 
 
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#WeekendVibes

A couple of weekends out of each month I'll pack my camera and head out — often for a day trip,  and sometimes for the entire weekend.

Living in Sydney means being spoiled for choice when it comes to nearby national parks — with Royal National a short way south, the Blue Mountains a couple of hours to the west, and a half dozen others not too far off either.

I share stories and photographs from my trips on my blog and over on Instagram.

Other stuff I'm into

Road-trips to the country, reading, writing, these guys, finding new places to photograph, cooking plant-based meals, and hiking.

Book, Film, & Podcast Recommendations

📖 Right now I'm reading No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin, as well as Sam Twyford-Moore's The Rapids.

🎧 Still loving The High Low podcast with Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes.

 

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