Jocelyn Watts (also known as Jocey or Mimoo) is a travel writer and photographer dedicated to sharing life’s adventures online.
Her background in media, business, government and volunteer organisations has given her a broad base from which to approach a wide variety of topics.
From 1996 to 2017, Jocelyn worked as a photojournalist, news reporter, features writer, sub-editor and page designer with various newspapers and magazines, both on staff and freelance.
While taking a ‘break’ from media between January 2011 and June 2014, Jocelyn owned and operated a professional wedding, portrait and commercial photography business.
She originally operated under the business name Ashley Smith Photography, which later changed to ASP Photography and Media.
Jocelyn’s commercial images appeared in a wide variety of products and publications from postcards and flyers to books and billboards.
Contracting organisations, businesses and event organisers included Fraser Coast Regional Council, University of Queensland, University of Sunshine Coast, University of Southern Queensland, Queensland Government, Queensland Best of Brass Championships, Maryborough Music Conference, various real estate agents and many private companies.
In media, Jocelyn’s stories and photos were published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle, Maryborough Herald and Hervey Bay’s Observer and Independent newspapers as well as the national magazine Aussie Post. Stand-alone photos were published in Australia’s Driveline, Take 5, Super Food Ideas, Insight and Refinisher magazines.
Her media releases for private health and government organisations resulted in traditional and online media publishing articles throughout Australia, in Japan and the United States of America.
In 2006, Jocelyn won the Queensland regional and bi-weekly newspapers category of the Older People Speak Out (OPSO) Awards that recognised media figures for their positive portrayal of older people.
Her photos won international accolades in the Professional Abstract and Professional Fine Art categories of the 8th and 9th Annual Black & White Spider Awards. Jocelyn was also honoured in the 1999 Queensland Country Press Association Awards with Sports Photo of the Year.
In 2000, Jocelyn’s written submission won her the community competition to name Maryborough’s new riverside Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre.
Her early years in the Girl Guide and Scouting movements inspired the name Brolga. While camping near her hometown of Barcaldine, she watched brolgas dancing at Lara Wetlands and years later re-told the Aboriginal Dreamtime legend of Brolga to Cub Scouts.
In 2005, another of Jocelyn’s written submissions secured Maryborough the first Guinness World Record for the most people on a pub crawl.
Her business memberships have included Hervey Bay’s Business Network International (BNI) and the Hervey Bay and Maryborough chambers of commerce.
Jocelyn has dedicated many years of her life to volunteer organisations including the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, Maryborough Aussie Master Swimming and Friends of the Brolga Theatre.
She also served as Cub Scout and Girl Guide leader, known as Akela or Leena (an Aboriginal name meaning Possum), in Rockhampton, Chinchilla and Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast.
As a teenager, Jocelyn won the Charity Princess title in the Barcaldine’s Artesian Festival Queen Competition raising $1200 in a town of 1200 people.
She also earned the Duke of Edinburgh Award, which included qualifying as a first-year fireman and trekking through thick gidyea scrub and over desolate plains in Outback Queensland using just a map and compass for directions.
Jocelyn was selected as one of only 10 Queensland Ranger Guides to attend a national camp on Tasmania’s Maria Island; Rotary Club of Barcaldine also chose her to attend a Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) seminar in Yeppoon.
Her love of the stage and theatre had its beginnings in the Girl Guide and Scouting movements when she regularly appeared on stage in Barcaldine’s Trek Cart Revue, a mini version of the Brisbane Gang Show.
Now semi-retired, Jocelyn is usually chilling out with family and friends or jaunting about the countryside, sharing life’s adventures online. As time permits, she helps her favourite charities with photography services.