Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling throughout the year to pursue the farthest expanses of Earth, Burkard works to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature, while promoting the preservation of wild places everywhere.
Layered by outdoor, travel, adventure, surf, and lifestyle subjects, Burkard is known for images that are punctuated by untamed, powerful landscapes. Through social media chris strives to share his vision of wild places with millions of people, and to inspire them to explore for themselves.
His visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, speak on the TED stage, design product lines, educate, and publish a growing collection of books. Along with his team, Burkard is based out of his production studio and art gallery in the Central Coast of California.
At the age of 32, Burkard has established himself as a global presence and influencer. He is happiest with his wife Breanne raising their two sons Jeremiah and Forrest in his hometown of Pismo Beach, California
Tribeca Film Festival, Unnur, Official Selection, 2020
Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown, Peoples Choice, 2018
Tribeca Film Festival, Under an Arctic Sky, Official Selection, 2017
Forbes, Top 10 Social Influencers, 2017
X Games Zoom Photo Contest, Gold Medalist, 2017
Trierenberg Super Circuit, Gold Medalist, 2017
PDN Photo Annual, Personal Projects Winner, 2017
Salt Surf Photo Contest, Land Category Winner, 2016
PMDA Visionary Photography Award, 2016
Red Bull Illume Category Finalist (Spirit), 2013
Red Bull Illume Award, 2010
Red Bull Illume Image Quest Overall, 2010
Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown Finalist, People's Choice Winner, 2013
The World Open of Photography, 2nd Place Open Winner, 2012
Look Between Photo Festival, 2010
Follow the Light Foundation Grant, 2006
Paul Nicklen Gallery - "Vanishing Worlds"
Gallery 169 - "Dispatches"
Ritz Carlton - "Sea Collection & Winter Waters"
Lux Art Institute
Apple, Toyota, Sony, The North Face, Patagonia, CitiBank, Microsoft, Volkswagen, American Airlines, Burton, Capitol Records, Olympus, BBC, Outside Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, ESPN, Maxim, GQ, Men’s Journal, Fuel TV, Surfer Magazine, Sunset Magazine, AirBnB, Travel Lodge
Belstaff, Billabong, Capitol Records, Channel Islands Surfboards, CitiBank, Constellation Wine, Destination BC, Destination Surf, Dragon, Disney, Duracell, Etnies, Excel, Fjallraven, Famous Wax, First Light, Fox, Honalua, Huckberry, Hurley, Katin, Land Rover, Mada, Microsoft, Mountain Hardwear, New Zealand Tourism, Mica Heli Skiing, Nixon, Ocean Minded, On A Mission, O'neill, Osiris Shoes, Pacifico, prAna, Proctor Surfboards, Quiksilver, REI, Revelstoke, Rip Curl, RVCA, Scoshce, Sector 9 Skateboards, Sony, Spy, Travel Alberta, Travel Montana, Travel Oregon, Visit Norway, Volcom, Yeti Coolers
Australian Surfing Life, Blue Magazine, Blue Edge Magazine, Deep Slide Magazine, Fuel TV, Freedman World, Glide Magazine, Huck Magazine, Japanese Surfing Life, Men’s Journal, Man of the World, Matador, Monster Children, Nordic Surfers, Outdoor X4, ON Fire Surf, Red Bulletin, Red Bull Editorial, Surfing Magazine, Surf News, Surf Europe Magazine, Surfer Magazine, Stab Magazine, The Surfer’s Journal, The Surfer’s Path, Tide Magazine, Transworld Surf, Wavelength Magazine, Waves Magazine
I have been asked before if I am an environmentalist.. And I guess I have never consider myself one. I think my goals with photography have always been to inspire people to create a world where the environment doesn't need protecting. Maybe that's highly unlikely, but if you spend enough time in nature you realize it's not just a good idea, but a calling you can't ignore.
Here are some initiatives I cant help but lend my voice towards.