Hugh Brown - One of Australia's most inspiring speakers from living on the edge as a photographer

Hugh Brown - One of Australia's most inspiring speakers from living on the edge as a photographer

Australian photographer Hugh Brown Lives Life On The Edge.

His work capturing globally-significant images in some of the most remote regions of the world has seen him dance with danger time and again. 

From dining with arms dealers in northern Pakistan to negotiating with the mafia for access to locations in parts of India, working and living on the side of an active volcano, being hit by lightning, photographing the world’s highest altitude miners on ropes at nearly 5000 metres, and escaping the jaws of a saltwater crocodile, Hugh has repeatedly risked his life for his art, and the chance to leave a meaningful legacy.

A keen interest in wilderness survival has also seen him push through extreme physical and mental exhaustion in various voyages through Western Australia’s remote Kimberley region in the height of summer – journeys he embarks upon without food, water, or sleeping comforts. And often, alone.

Along the way, he’s fine-tuned the art of making the seemingly impossible possible and is passionate about helping others to do the same.

He has self published four books; two each on Western Australia’s breathtaking Kimberley and Pilbara regions, and created three more for clients.


RISKY BUSINESS: Restless in the corporate world, a decade ago Hugh Brown turned professional photographer. Starting out ‘chasing the light’ like other snappers, his journey quickly became focused on capturing historically important images; people, places and things that may soon be forever lost. It’s a captivating journey that’s seen him repeatedly risk his life in global danger zones; not for the adrenaline rush but for the life lessons learned along the way and the chance to make a meaningful contribution.

REALISING EXTREME DREAMS: We all have extreme dreams – things we want to do that make our heart race and our heads spin just thinking about them. Finding a way to achieve high-risk dreams – such as capturing images from atop the world’s most deadly mountain – is what Hugh Brown does best and he lives his life with the belief that there’s no such thing as an insurmountable problem. Letting go of irrational fears is critical. Preparation is paramount. Goal setting is crucial. Recognising that nothing in life worth having is risk free is essential.


“Seeing the passion behind Hugh’s photographic work is inspirational. At a talk he gave at Karratha Library, he was asked many questions by the admiring audience. When he shares those moments of the stories behind the images I am taken to a different place.” - Susan Standen, ABC Radio, Western Australia

“We had the pleasure of having Hugh present for us at one of our major product launches last year. Hugh is a confident easy speaker who is able to share his knowledge in both an interesting and informative way. His no nonsense approach is engaging and relaxed, and he instantly makes his audience feel included in the journey. I look forward to working with Hugh on future endeavours.” - Sheryl Mauger, Canon Australia 

“Hugh Brown. Focused. Driven. Unique. Incredible photographer. Interesting speaker. Unmeasurable story teller.” - Diane Bartlett, HEALTH profession

“Hugh Brown is always a welcomed presenter to our community. He provides a light hearted entertaining yet very informative session leaving people wanting more and enthused by his passion.” - Lynne Craigie President Shire of East Pilbara