Photographers have trained their lenses on the colour and life of remote and rural Australia for the 2017 OUTBACK Calendar.

Story by Therese Hall

While some of the images are 100 percent nature, others reflect humankind’s footprints on the landscape. “The bush is a varied and beautiful place,” editor-in-chief Mark Muller says. “We work to reflect that. As well as the obvious natural beauty, these images show the beauty to be seen in our direct relationship with the land – through agriculture and infrastructure.”  Examples include a recently harvested paddock, near Narrabri in northern New South Wales, brought to life by the long shadows cast by hay bales (November). Another image shows a mob of red Brahman strung out in a long line across Mitchell grass in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria (May). Of the 12 images, some do impress with their natural qualities alone, such as a magnificent image of the escarpments of Wilpena Pound, in the Flinders Ranges. Across all of them, the vibrancy of the colours is the standout feature, from the dusty pink sky of a Snowy Mountains evening to the intense turquoise sea of the Kimberley coast.  

In the 2017 OUTBACK hardcover Diary, a full-page colour photograph illustrates every week of the year. It’s like taking a journey across the outback, looking out for the details in the landscape. 

All photos featured in this essay are included in the 2017 Calendar or Diary, available individually or as part of our popular Christmas pack. They make ideal gifts for family and friends who, like us, love the Australian outback.

This story excerpt is from Issue #109

Outback Magazine: Oct/Nov 2016