Speaker line-up

This year's speaker line-up included photographers and filmmakers; best in their field. Specialising in everything from social engagement to photography business, long exposure to macro, they shared their expertise with visitors throughout the four days.

Chris Burkard


Photographer, filmmaker and Instagram legend, Chris Burkard, will take the stage to share for the first time some of the greatest lessons he has gained from behind the lens. From being thrown in a Russian jail cell, to swimming in near-freezing water, his stories are more than just pieces of advice for his fellow photographers, they create the wisdom that he says can only be learned the hard way. 

Chris has spent over a decade of his career travelling to some of the most remote parts of the globe, seeking out some of the last wild places. Showing some of his most breathtaking images, join Chris as he takes you from the remote Aleutian Islands to the frozen coast of northern Norway. 

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Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Travelling 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’s images are defined by energised landscapes and peak moments. They expose activities of adventure-seeking and the lifestyle that ensues, displaying dichotomies of movement and stillness, camaraderie and solitude, people and wildlife. 

Curious and driven from a young age, Burkard is self-taught. While practising the rigorous art of creating timeless photographic impressions and sharing his growing body of work across digital media, Burkard has accumulated an audience of over one million followers to become a globally recognized social influencer. With this, Burkard has gained expertise directing a variety of creative projects and consulting with clients on unique digital, social and print engagements. 

Burkard is often central in synthesising the creative projects he is involved in, across stakeholders. His holistic and visionary perspective has led him to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, appear as a TED speaker, develop speciality product lines, teach national and international photography workshops and publish a collection of books, including a children’s book. Burkard is based out of his full-scale production studio and art gallery near his hometown in Central Coast California.  

In career and art, Burkard is most content when he is joined by a select team, searching for wild, remote destinations and offbeat landscapes. In life, he is happiest when he returns home to his wife, Breanne, and their two sons. 

At the age of 30, Burkard has established himself as a global presence and influencer, accomplishing a prolific portfolio, connecting people from around the world and producing some of the most recognised creative work of our time. 



  • 19 Mar 2019
    13:15 - 14:30

    Chris Burkard: The hard way home: Lessons learned from a decade in cold water travel

  • 19 Mar 2019
    15:00 - 15:40

    Meet & Greet / Booksigning