American specialist adventure sports, travel, and landscape photographer Michael Clark is the latest addition to the stellar line-up of world-class photographers and industry specialists on the judging panel of Australasia's Top Emerging Photographers - the region's preeminent competition for aspiring, emerging, and early-career photographers.
Michael Clark is an internationally published adventure photographer specialising in adventure sports, travel, and landscape photography. He produces intense, raw images of athletes pushing their sports to the limit and has risked life and limb on numerous assignments to bring back stunning images of rock climbers, mountaineers, kayakers, mountain bikers, big-wave surfers, sky divers, and many other extreme sports athletes, often working in remote locations around the world. He uses unique angles, bold colors, strong graphics and cutting-edge, dramatic lighting techniques to capture fleeting moments of passion, gusto, flair, and bravado in the outdoors. Balancing extreme action with subtle details, striking portraits and wild landscapes, he creates images for the editorial, advertising, and stock markets worldwide.
As a former physicist, Clark has worked on both sides of the technical revolution – helping refine the technology and using it for his current profession. He has worked as a professional photographer since 1996, and has been featured in Digital Photo Pro, Outdoor Photographer, Nikon World Magazine, Digital Photographer, Rangefinder Magazine, New Mexico Magazine for his work with extreme sports. Digital Photo Pro proclaimed Clark a "Master of Adventure" Photography” in their 2011 Masters issue.
Clark contributes to National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, Outside, Men's Journal, Backpacker, Outdoor Photographer, Digital Photo Pro, Climbing, Alpinist, Rock and Ice, Bike Magazine, and The New York Times, among many others.
A sampling of Clark's advertising clients include Apple, Nike, Nikon, Fujifilm, Adobe, Red Bull, Microsoft, Nokia, Patagonia, New Balance, Propel/Gatorade, Pfizer, DuPont, 20th Century Fox, Black Diamond, Prana, Arc'teryx, Camelbak, La Sportiva, and Gregory Packs.