About Simon Bayliss
Destination and experience-based photojournalism is a passion of Australian professional photographer Simon Bayliss, who specialises in capturing the experiences and adventures of touring; whether by conventional motor vehicle, 4WD, RV, motorbikes, trains, or planes.
Having travelled most of Australia, NZ, Europe, and Scandinavia, his passion comes from shared experiences.
Outback Australia is one of his favourite places, with the rivers and waterways of the Murray Darling basin of special interest; especially the Darling River.
Through extensive travel across the region, his passion for the rivers, towns, people and landscapes grew; a passion that is as deep-seated as the day he first ventured into the area.
His love of the bush is innate as Simon's formative years were spent in the Riverina just north of the Murray and it is where his passion for rural Australia begun and he recognises a strong connection to the land and rivers of the Outback.
Simon initially pursued a career in Agr-business, firstly working in the cotton industry for Barwon Cotton, then Collie Farm out new Moree, before moving back to his hometown of Melbourne to take up the position for Grower Services Manager with AWB (The Australian Wheat Board)
With his love for pastoral history and natural affinity to the outback waterways borne out of his time spent in the Riverina as a young teenager, Simon started to get noticed by certain Regional Tourism Authorities and through dogged determination, was commissioned in 2008 to photograph the Darling River and Outback NSW for Outback NSW Tourism and the Darling River Run Project. (The commission entailed not only photography, but content research for his construction of the Darling River Run website.
In 2009, the Darling River Run project won the 2009 Tourism NSW Gold award for Tourism Marketing in addition to collecting two awards at the Inland Tourism Awards (Tourism Marketing and New Tourism Development).
Simon’s passion for the outback continues with regular photographic trips through the outback that enables him to connect with the land and people that he loves, and provides the creative catalyst develop many websites for the travel and tourism stakeholders throughout the outback region.
Current photographic & website projects of Red Dust Studio include: