Veterans Instameet #34



Get your asses out of bed and come and join us for a sunrise shoot on the southern end of the Gold Coast for one last sneaky Veterans Instameet for 2022. 

This Veterans Instameet will be held on Friday 23rd December 2022.

We will be meeting in the carpark at Snapper Rocks at 0430 (QLD time) or 0530 (NSW time) from there we'll venture around and see what we can capture. 

There is no formality of this one, no need to register for the event, just give me a heads up via Facebook or Insagram and feel free to bring friends along. 

Once we feel we're done, we'll go grab brekkie together.

I'd love to see more Gold Coast based veterans, the families and supporters out together.

Any questions let me know!

Mathew Bell - 0409 241 419

 Who is the Veterans Instameet?
We are a veterans photography group called the Veterans Instameet. Initially set up in 2014 by myself, Mathew Bell and a ex-engineer, Warrick Eady. We had both just come back from service in Afghanistan and found common ground through photography. After discharge we both felt completely disconnected from the defence community and found there was no photography outlets or groups veteran based.  We felt that having this shared interest, we could get other like minded veterans together with photography as the basis and have fun and keep the connections to members post discharge. We soon expanded the group to include families of defence members and then the emergency services. We we
lcomed Andrew Judson on as one of the event coordinators, with his 10 years in defence, a background in personal training and budding outdoorsman.

We have since run 33 events in and around Sydney, Canberra and the Gold Coast.

We are comprised of former ADF members, current serving members, children of veterans, the emergency services, SES and a number of non serving civilians who support us and what we've been through.

As most of the events are outdoors, there is always a physical element. Most events require a walk from the carpark to the area of interest or a more 
strenuous trek. The majority of events are mobile, meaning we're constantly on the move while shooting. The important aspect to us is the psychological well being that comes from a day. The aim is for everyone to have fun and make connections to other people with shared backgrounds. Photography is in the background most of the time, we have the aim for everyone to chat, laugh and shoot photos. 

Each event carries risk and by registering and attending the event, each participant agrees to take responsibility for their own safety. Safety is everyone's responsibility and if in doubt, or if anyone feels unsafe it is the individual’s responsibility to sit out the event or highlight it to the other members.  Each participant assumes all risk associated with any activity whilst with the Veterans Instameet. Each participant assumes full responsibility for themselves, their choices, their actions and their equipment. 

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