Selfies, fails and #cloudporn – the Instameet Awards

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In case you’ve been hiding under your beach towel or you were marooned on a tropical island, you probably already know that @Queensland hosted a mammoth Instagram party on October 4, 2014. But you might not yet know exactly how mammoth it was.

On the day…

  • Over 6,000 images were hash-tagged #thisisqueensland
  • by 1,085 instagrammers
  • at 88 locations around the state

We’ve spent hours (yes, hours!) looking at all the awesomeness and there were so many great shots, so we thought it would be fun to hand out some awards. *Note: Your award is being included in this mega cool post. And bragging rights, of course!

 Best Selfies

Noosa North Shore Selfie Photo

Noosa North Shore selfie – Photo @67split

Hervey Bay Sunrise Selfie Photo

Hervey Bay sunrise selfie – Photo @enzosonthebeach

Blackall Shaddow Selfie Photo

Blackall shaddow selfie – Photo @parfittamy

Best Animal Selfies

Nemo Selfie Photo

Nemo selfie – Photo @lindsays27

Australia Zoo Kangaroo Group Selfie

Australia Zoo kangaroo group selfie – Photo @adoryyy

Rusty the Llama Photo

Maleny Botanic Gardens Rusty the llama selfie – Photo @chelseahadley_

Australia Zoo tiger selfie photo

Australia Zoo tiger selfie – Photo @staceyfac3y

Childers Koala Selfie Photo

Childers koala selfie – Photo @remi.moreau.oz

Gavin the Photo-bombing Parrot Fish Selfie

Gavin the photo-bombing parrot fish selfie – Photo @kate_duffy

Best Use of the Queensland Instameet Frame

Bundaberg Kangaroo Photo

Kangaroo… you’ve been framed – Photo @ajpics

Great Barrier Reef Frame Photo

Underwater frametastic – Photo – @ashkaras

Southbank Instameet behind the scenes Photo

Teamwork frame – Photo @franklyjames

Green Island Photo

Tropical paradise frame fun – Photo @maximecoquard_

Bundaberg Frame with Dog

Framin’ it puppy dog style – Photo @petrina_mc

Best Behind the Scenes Shots

Behind the Scenes at GOMA Photo

GOMA behind the scenes – Photo @jessicahull1

@jennheitz behind the scenes

@Queensland HQ behind the scenes – Photo @jennheitz

Ocean View Winery Behind the Scenes Photo

Ocean View Winery behind the scenes – Photo @lizs_b

Best Fails

Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat Fail Photo

Port Douglas Wildlife Habitat fail – Photo @rosiewok

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Fail Photo

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary fail – Photo @probioskin

@brooklyns_photographs Surfers QLD fail

Surfers Paradise QLD? fail – Photo @brooklyns_photographs

Maleny Parrot Photo

Maleny Botanic Gardens parrot-got-your-nose-fail – Photo @femberton

Best Handstands & Jump Shots

Sunrise Handstand Photo

Sunrise handstand – Photo @__my___

Kangaroo Point Group Photo

Kangaroo Point group jump shot – Photo @whytebate

Sand Jump Photo

Sand dune jump shot – Photo @jewelszee

Skydive Jumpshot Photo

14,000 feet jump shot – Photo @deegregoree

Port Douglas Jump Shot Photo

Flying into the water jump shot – Photo @kate_duffy

TNQ jump shot photo

White sand jump shot – Photo @nickienq

 Best #Cloudporn

kilcoy farmstay cloudporn photo

Kilcoy Farmstay cloudporn – Photo @6rucep

Manly Cloudporn Photo

Manly cloudporn – Photo @wrongthong

Cape Tribulation Cloudporn Photo

Cape Tribulation cloudporn – Photo @capetribpaddletrek

Sunshine Coast Cloudporn Photo

Sunshine Coast cloudporn – Photo @coolnanna

townsville castle hill clouds photo

Castle Hill, Townsville cloudporn – Photo @benja_sin

Mackay Cloudporn Photo

Mackay cloudporn – Photo @danielbattley

Best Sand Shots

Cape Hillsborough Photo

Cape Hillsborough QLD – Photo @seankoekemoer

Mackay Footprints

Footprints in Mackay – Photo @gixerchick

gold coast sand writing photo

Gold Coast sand writing love – Photo @tezza72

Noosa Beach Photo

Noosa Beach heart – Photo @myoceanbliss

@insta_graham23 gladstone sand dunes

Sand dunes – Photo @insta_graham23

 Best Underwater Shots

Great Barrier Reef Underwater Photo

Great Barrier Reef – Photo @adventuremumma

Green Island Turtle Photo

Green Island turtle – Photo @maximecoquard

Great Barrier Reef Coral Photo

Coral near Daydream Island – Photo @johnnygaskell

Lady Elliott Island Coral Photo

Lady Elliot Island – Photo @jasoncharleshill

daydream underwater selfie photo

Diving near Daydream Island – Photo @johnnygaskell

 Best Waterfall Shots

Lamington National Park waterfall Photo

Lamington National Park waterfall – Photo @jakeclulee

Scenic Rim Waterfall Photo

Scenic Rim waterfall – Photo @kimz___

Capricorn Botanic Gardens Photo

Capricorn Botanic Gardens waterfall – Photo @nathanwhiteimages

 Best Animal Shots

Maleny Botanic Gardens Parrot Photo

Parrot invasion – Photo @suejade

maleny cow kiss photo

Maleny Botanic Gardens cow kiss- Photo @xo_leishielou

pig super closeup at @tommerupfarmstay in scenic rim photo

Nosy pig close up – Photo @debsmyles

mackay kangaroo silouette photo

Kangaroo on fire – Photo @kattte_

Maleny Botanic Gardens - Rusty the Llama Photo

Rusty the happy Llama – Photo @visitsunshinecoast

@nicolemountneyphotography koala david fleay

Koala – Photo @nicolemountneyphotography

  Best Use of Colour

Gold Coast Surfing Photo

Golden Gold Coast surfing sunrise – @armandacarolphotography

Tropical North Queensland Sunrise Photo

Tropical North Queensland soft pastels sunrise – Photo @elisaparkranger

Toowoomba Queens Park in bloom Photo

Queens Park in red – Photo @theneal_

 Best Black and White

GOMA Black and White Photo

GOMA in black and white – Photo @angussink

Currumbin Emu Photo

Currumbin Sanctuary emu in black and white – Photo @mothernatured

Mackay in Black and White Photo

Mackay in black and white – Photo @kattte_

 Best Feet Shots

Outback Feet Photo

Outback feet – Photo @laurenepbath

Green Island Ray and feet  Photo

Green Island ray and feet – Photo @islandjems

Lockyer Valley Photo

Lockyer Valley road feet – Photo @rikerama

Skyrail Glass Floor Photo

Skyrail Cairns glass floor feet – Photo @sea_godess

Best Action Shots

Cairns Jetboat Action Photo

Cairns Jetboat action on Bad Fishy – Photo @cairnsjetboat_badfishy

Parrot in Flight Photo

Parrot in landing mode action – Photo @suejade

Bowen Horse Race Action Photo

Bowen horse race action – Photo @chelsea_ha

Spiny Stick Insect Action Photo

Spiny stick insect hiyah action – Photo @chriznobs

Kewarra Beach Photo

Kewarra Beach wave jump action – Photo @gregorsnell

Youngest Instagrammers

Sunshine Coast Young Instagrammer Photo

Young grammer on the Sunshine Coast – Photo @creativebellaphotography

GOMA Young Instagrammer Photo

Young grammer at GOMA – Photo @powerofthedragon

Young Logan Instagrammer Photo

Young Logan grammer – Photo @donna2962

Best Silhouettes

Outback Sunrise Sillhouette Photo

Outback cowboy sunrise silhouette – Photo @cassw79

@cherrieflea mackay sunrise runner

Mackay running sunrise silhouette – Photo @cherrieflea

@mekel77 redlands Queensland charm

Silhouette showing off Queensland charm – Photo @mekel77

Surfers Paradise Sign Photo

Surfers Paradise sign sunrise silhouette – Photo @benashmole

winton windmill sunrise photo

Winton windmill sunrise silhouette – Photo @piggystingray

kangaroo point sunset silhouette photo

Jacarandas against a city skyline silhouette – Photo @ohmiso_

Stradbroke Sunrise Silhouette Photo

Flags on Stradbroke Island silhouette – Photo @discover_stradbroke

What do you think?  Do you have any favourites from the @Queensland Instameet? We’d love to know!