Ali George from Catseye Productions is a freelance photographer and videographer with a passion for the Port Douglas and Daintree region. Her love affair with the people and the place began in 1992 when she spent the university summer break washing dishes at a local restaurant and learning to dive from boarders at her share house.

“I came back every summer. Then I finished my degree – a BA majoring in Photo Journalism – and got a 9-5 job working in a Kodak lab in the Sydney CBD. I came up for two weeks in the mid-90s to visit friends and I just never went back. I was sick of commuting and over living in the city. So I became a diving instructor.”

Ali says she still loves the laid-back lifestyle, the “fabulous” sense of community and the beautiful environment. “I especially love having the opportunity, as a Show Me Your Paradise ambassador, to show people the beauty and the lifestyle that we enjoy up here,” she said.

In 2015 Ali won the Tourism Port Douglas and Daintree Show Me Your Paradise video category with a minute-long ‘Living in Port Douglas’ film of friends long-boarding up and down the streets and tubing on the river.

Ali has also just wrapped up a pop-up gallery and photo exhibition, Port: Trait – People of Port, which featured 18 ‘interesting and inspiring’ locals of the Douglas Shire, aged from six to 80 years.

“It’s been great to hear people say ‘you have really captured that person’ because I found I was pushing myself and learning new skills technically to get the absolute best out of the people I was photographing.

“I’ve also had quite a few tourists come through the exhibition and it’s fun when they recognise some of the subjects - ‘hey, that’s the lady from the Mossman market’ and ‘that’s Roy who did our walk at the gorge the other day’ and ‘that’s Michael the yoga guy’,” she said.

Ali is also a director of the Port Shorts Film Festival, which will be shown on a large LED screen in Rex Smeal Park over October 26 and 27.

“We will be showing some of the best short films from around the globe and will have some of Australia’s most accomplished film exponents attending. We have almost 100 entries already,” she said.

Four Mile Beach - Image by Alison George
Sunset sailing - Image by Alison George
Hammock heaven in Rex Smeal Park - Image by Alison George






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