Amelia Le Brun

Born in Germany, raised in Jamaica, Amelia is a landscape and lifestyle photographer. Currently based in Northumberland, in the UK. Her photography has taken her worldwide on assignments for various outdoor companies and Tourism Boards.

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Amelia Le Brun

Amelia has been involved in shoots for fashion, tourism, hotels and lifestyle in countries as varied as Canada, Iceland, Lord Howe Island, The Faroe Islands, Scotland and the US, as well as closer to home. She is always eager to work with companies who share her values. When travelling, she strives to visit both hidden gems and those locations more accessible and well known to the masses. She believes that people will always be able to relate to those individuals who are open and approachable, which will always be the way she lives and works.

woman kissing dog in front of lake

She is available to work on almost any project within the UK and abroad. Story telling is at the forefront of all work she creates, with a considerable amount of photos being shot on film, both for personal projects and client work.

woman standing infront of lake and mountains

Amelia has been featured in print in magazines such as; Condé Nast Traveller, Lonely Planet, Lodestars Anthology and others.

Website: amelialebrun.com                                                                                      Instagram: @amelialebrun

Antoine Auriol

Antoine Auriol was born in the East of France on 20th November 1984. A defining moment in his life came when his family moved to Brittany and he tasted the freedom of the sea for the first time.

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Antoine Auriol

At 15, his sporting life was turned upside down when he discovered a new sensation: windsurfing. This discipline corresponded to his temperament of creativity, freedom, combined with a love for speed, and being on the water. At the same time, Antoine discovered kitesurfing. The sport combines his previous disciplines: trampoline with it’s rotations in the air, artistic gymnastic for the power and the style, and windsurf for the knowledge of the wind and the sea. Since 2006, he is in the top 3 riders in the world, becoming World Champion KPWT 2010.

antoine auriol kitesurfer

Antoine lives in Cadix (Spain), close to the sea, where he can be found training every day. He plays the piano and composes music that you could hear in his videos. He likes also to photography the world and people who cross his path…

Today, he is more than just a kite surfer. Antoine is a digital creator working with many brands, always open minded and ready for new adventures.

Website: antoineauriol.com                                                                                      Instagram: @antoineauriol

Kim Collison

Kim Collison was born in Hertfordshire in 1980 and grew up exploring the local countryside and developed a passion for mountains through the Scout Association with trips to Snowdonia and Scotland. He developed the joy for running at school and his competitiveness from his father.

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Kim Collison

It was not until at the age of 27 years  when Kim settled in the Lake District where the joy of running and mountains combined into a long term passion for mountain running. With a desire to improve and challenge himself, Kim has gone on to represent GB & NI at World Trail Running Championships, won several ultra races in the UK, recently has set records for the most peaks climbed in 24 hours in the Lake District and for the Paddy Buckley round in Wales.

Main trail running in mountains

A large part of the joy Kim gets from running in the mountains is from the pure joy of being in nature and the awe inspiring moments witnessed which bring a big smile to his face.

man walking in mountains

This passion for nature drives him to think in a sustainable way and how to live more responsibly for nature.

Website: kimcollisonblog.com                                                                                      Instagram: @kimcollison

Ella Foote

Ella Foote is a swimming journalist, Contributing Editor at Outdoor Swimmer magazine, swim teacher, coach and year-round outdoor swimmer. An intrepid swim explorer, she is constantly seeking out new rivers, lakes, ponds, seas and pools to plunge into – one of her favourites spots being a local hidden medieval pond that she has to scramble through bushes to get to(!)

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Ella Foote

Ella mostly swims in the rivers around Surrey, Berkshire, Bucks and Oxfordshire. Ella writes for all sorts of national media, often about swimming or water quality and loves to chat. She has completed swims like an English Channel relay crossing, the Thames Marathon 14k and the Dart 10k, as well as smaller more joyful dips and dunks across the country.

Cold water swimmer Ella Foote

In 2018 she launched Dip Advisor. An intrepid swim explorer, she is constantly seeking out new rivers, lakes, ponds, seas and pools to plunge into. You can follow her and her swimming on Instagram.

Woman wearing pink sustainable sunglasses

For more inspiration and advice on getting into wild swimming Ella’s Instagram makes provides a good starting point to make those first steps.

Instagram: @ellachloeswims

Vedangi Kulkarni

Vedangi Kulkarni was born in India in 1998 and currently lives in the UK. She’s an adventure traveller, endurance athlete, public speaker, writer, expedition manager and a business owner. In 2018, she rode 29,000km around the world in 160 days, mostly solo and unsupported, at the age of 19/20, becoming the youngest woman to circumnavigate the globe on bike.

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Vedangi Kulkarni

Vedangi is always keen for an adventure, be it cold water swimming, long distance hiking or cycling, climbing, mountain biking or travelling through  remote places. Her happy place is anywhere outside, in the wild, and on the move.

Vedangi Kulkarni outdoors by the sea

She is the steward of New Forest Off Road Club, an ambassadors for Cycling UK and Ordnance Survey’s #12nightsoutin1year challenge and works with several other outdoor brands to work towards her mission: to make adventure accessible by providing practical knowledge and skills to help more people find comfort in the outdoors. Through her business The Adventure Shed, she runs a couple of digital products to help with that. Her most recent launch was Adventure Planning Blueprint- an all in one expedition/adventure planning document with all the necessary templates and guidelines to help you plan your dream adventure efficiently and safely.

Vedangi Kulkarni cycling and wearing Pala sunglasses

She’s currently writing a book about why humans need adventure. Her current adventure plans include a bike ride across Finland, Sweden and Norway; a winter ride in Alaska; several UK based e-bike adventures in an attempt to encourage more people to consider using e-bikes instead of cars for their short trips; Silk Road Mountain Race 2022; Atlas Mountain Race 2022; a long distance running adventure in Scottish Highlands and many others. She creates content for Instagram + Facebook, Youtube and her soon-to-be-launched Medium blog. When she’s not riding her bike or floating on her back in some body of water, you can find her reading non fiction books, mostly philosophical or reflective adventure stories.

Vedangi Kulkarni lying back in the sea

You can follow Vedangi’s adventures on www.vedangikulkarni.com or https://instagram.com/wheelsandwords/

Tom Batrouney

Tom is an entrepreneur and advocate working to stoke the love fire and bring people together. Living on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, Australia, he creates inspiring, simple stories to fill people with passion, promote the outdoors and make the world great for future generations. He’s a big believer in the power of positivity, that absolutely anyone is capable of absolutely anything and that the world’s biggest problems can, and should be solved by everyday people.

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Tom Batrouney

Tom Batrouney is a runner, surfer and outdoor enthusiast. His ultra running will be put to the ultimate test on 21st Jan 2022 when he embarks on Project: Run Forever, where he will be running for as long as his body will physically and mentally take him. The goal is to raise half a million dollars For Wild Places & Seabin Project, two great causes creating positive impact on the planet.

Seabin project bin collecting plastic

Tom is a Global Advocate for the Seabin Project for cleaner oceans and in the running world Tom calls himself an ‘eco-runner’ and wears and promotes good business.

Tom has a degree in photography from RMIT University and is the Co-Founder and marketer of sustainable retail concept BLAEK Store which is changing the retail landscape for good and empowering shoppers to be everyday activists.

Tom Batrouney running through Australian woods

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tbphotog/

Website https://tb-photog.com/

PROJECT: RUN FOREVER https://project-run-forever.raisely.com/

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Felicia is our ‘camera ninja’ when it comes to photography for the Pala website. Hailing from Sweden, but now based close to the Pala Brighton HQ. When she’s not exercising her skills of mind control to make models relax on shoots you’ll find her in a cafe enjoying a good cup of coffee, or at home baking cinnamon buns.

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Emma

Emma is our marketing guru. When Emma isn’t planning, strategizing and creating content, she can be found travelling the world exploring its wonders, or in more recent times – headphones on with a paintbrush in her hand creating an abstract masterpiece!

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Mary

Mary is the team leader of the Care4basket project in Bolgatanga, Ghana. When Mary is not organising and supporting the work across the communities, you will find her sowing sweet potatoes, ground nut, millet and looking after the animals on the farm.

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Izzy

Izzy is our Sales and Comms mastermind. When Izzy isn’t throwing herself down a mountain on a snowboard, she can normally be found rummaging through vintage shops or pounding the fields with her beloved puppy, Mac. She once mislaid a finger on a night out (eek!) – girl knows how to party!

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Justin

Justin is our ‘Film Alchemist’. When he’s not laying on the floor looking for the next shot he’s either exploring the finest bourbons and listening to obscure country music tracks from the 50s and 60s. Normally found planning his next trip abroad or fuelling the pineapple on pizza debate. Just so you know he’s firmly in the Hawaiian camp!