BIO

Luke Shadbolt is a photographic artist and creative director from Sydney, Australia.

A consuming passion for the ocean gave him the privilege of spending his formative years travelling between remote natural areas and densely populated environments, affording him an empathetic insight into the interconnectedness of the world we inhabit.

His sculptural, abstract photography examines the duality of nature, of language, and sense of place with a specific focus on the oceans. Exploring the exchange, cycle and balance of power fundamental to the functioning of our planet, Shadbolt aims to renew an awareness and appreciation of the environment.

Shadbolt currently spreads his time between his fine art practice and commercial photography/creative direction, with an emphasis on underwater photography, action sports, travel, lifestyle and fashion.

He is represented by Michael Reid Gallery (Sydney / Berlin)

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2018

WALL POWER: Australian Contemporary Photography. 
London (Photo London) & Paris (Paris Photo).

Acquiesce The Front, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

2017

WALL POWER: Australian Contemporary Photography.
Cologne and Berlin for Australia Now

Acquiesce The Front, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Photo London, Michael Reid Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2016

Maelstrom, Michael Reid Gallery, Sydney

AWARDS

2017
Nikon / Surfing Australia Surf Photo Of The Year - 1st Prize
2016

Red Bull Illume Category Winner - Energy

Nikon / Surfing Australia Surf Photo Of The Year - 2nd Prize

Prix De La Photographie (PX3) Nature / Water (Maelstrom) - 1st Prize
Prix De La Photographie (PX3) Nature / Water (Salutation) - 2nd Prize
Prix De La Photographie (PX3) Advertising / Book Cover (Salutation) - 2nd Prize
Prix De La Photographie (PX3) Fine Art / Landscape (Maelstrom) - Honourable Mention
International Photography Awards (IPA) Nature: Other (Maelstrom) - Honourable Mention
International Photography Awards (IPA) Special: Other (Maelstrom) - Honourable Mention
International Photography Awards (IPA) Sports: Water Sports (Teahupoo Rainbow) - Honourable Mention
International Photography Awards (IPA) Sports: Extreme Sports (Teahupoo Rainbow) - Honourable Mention
International Photography Awards (IPA) Sports: Water Sports (End Of The Road) - Honourable Mention
International Photography Awards (IPA) Sports: Extreme Sports (End Of The Road) - Honourable Mention

2015

International Photography Awards (IPA) Sports: Editorial - 3rd Prize

2014

Nikon / Surfing Australia Surf Photo Of The Year - 1st Prize

Riptide Bodyboarding Magazine - Photographer Of The Year (public vote)

Le Boogie Bodyboarding Magazine - Photographer Of The Year (peer review)

International Photography Awards (IPA) Nature: Aerial - Honourable Mention

PRESS

Time Magazine
Monster Children
Blisss Magazine
Hi Fructose
Surfing World 
Traveller
Surfstitch
Red Bull
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