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 36, Burkard has established himself as a global presence and influence. He is happiest with his wife Breanne raising their two sons Jeremiah and Forrest in his hometown of Pismo Beach, California

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30th Annual NATJA Awards Competition, Gold, 2022

Tribeca Film Festival, Unnur, Official Selection, 2020

Mountain 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


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, Polar Pro

Belstaff, Billabong, Capitol Records, Channel Islands Surfboards, 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

Over the years I have worked to lend my voice towards protecting the environment. And I have slowly begun to incorporate this into my personal life.

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