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July 3rd, 2012

The Open – Chris Burkard

Californian surf photographer Chris Burkard has entered a host of photos into The Open photography competition, and could use your vote! To see Chris’ great photos and to vote for them, visit the link below or click on his photo submissions below… Good luck Chris!


Peter Mendia in Chile
Note: The photo above was the overall winner at the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2010 awards!

Nate Tyler takes flight into a fiery Central California sky.
Note: The photo above was nominated for Surfer Magazine’s 2011 Photo of the Year!

Flawless in both shape and color. It seems Ben Bourgeois is building a reputation for finding undiscovered waves

An undisclosed tropical spot revealed some of the clearest barrels I have seen.
Note: The photo above was nominated for Surfer Magazine’s 2011 Photo of the Year!

Big Sur, California

Nate Tyler silhouetted against the evening light as he illuminates the sky with fins free

…Sometimes patience is the key to a good shot

Keith Malloy navigates through the broken slabs of ice (in Iceland) in search of cold water waves

About Chris Burkard

I am 26 years old and live in the small town of Pismo Beach, California. I have served as a freelance photographer for various publications and a staff photographer for Surfer magazine and Surfline.com. My passion for photography came about when I picked up a camera at a goodwill auction six years ago. I have always aimed to document the lifestyle of the sport more than the action, also focusing on the pulled back perspective to give the viewer a feeling like they are in the moment. My inspiration comes from landscape photography and unique lighting situations. I have always tried to capture a landscape perspective in my action sports images to show the natural arenas in which the athletes find themselves. Unique lighting and silhouettes are my speciality. My goal is to capture my subject in the photo so that they aren’t dated by logos or any certain era. I like my images to remain timeless and hopefully be appreciated by someone at any age.