(b. 1988, Newcastle, Australia) Sam Edmonds is a photographer, writer and expedition guide based in Sydney, Australia. Since 2013, Sam has worked across a spectrum of visual dissemination roles as a freelance photojournalist, a cinematographer, editorial features writer and digital asset manager.

As a constant across this practice has been an ongoing focus on the Antarctic. In the 2013/14 austral summer, Sam was commissioned as a camera operator to film a TV series examining conflicts over whaling in the Southern Ocean, spending a total of 94 straight days at sea in his first Southern Ocean campaign. The 2016/17 austral summer would see Sam re-join the M/Y Steve Irwin for another three months in the Antarctic - this time, as the vessel’s helicopter camera operator.

Since then, Sam’s focus on the Antarctic has expanded to cover the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and the Falkland Islands where he works as a natural history guide for Quark Expeditions.

After achieving a degree in photojournalism from the Queensland College of Art and during this time documenting various longitudes of the Antarctic, Sam’s work has been recognised by a vast array of publications and awards (see below). Most notably, he was named runner up in Australia's Top Emerging Photographers of 2015; in the same year was named on the Australian Centre for Photography’s Top 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow and in 2018, took home first place in the Australian Antarctic Photography Contest. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Australian Geographic, Canadian Geographic, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, et al.

As a writer, Sam is a regular contributor to a number of publications in Australia and abroad including Australian Photography Magazine, Capture Magazine and Photo Life Magazine.




2014   Jonas Bendiksen Magnum Workshop, Berlin, Germany
2013   Bachelor of Photography, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Australia
2013   Jodi Bieber World Press Masterclass, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Selected Group Exhibitions
2018   Changing Course, Singapore Royal Botanical Gardens
2013   It’s Not You, It’s Me, Graduating students exhibition, Queensland College of Art
2013   Bangladesh: Stories From a Young Nation, Griffith University, Nathan Campus
2013   Bangladesh: Stories From a Young Nation, Queensland College of Art
2013   Presented Work, Dhaka University of Liberal Arts, Bangladesh
2012   Hora Peruana, Queensland College of Art
2012   International Conservation Photography Awards, Winners’ exhibition, Washington Museum of Natural History, Seattle, USA
2009   Graduating Student Exhibition, Australian Centre for Photography

2018   Australian Antarctic Festival Photo Contest - First Place
2017   National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year - People's Choice Award, finalist
2016   Canadian Geographic Wildlife Photography Contest, Category Winner
2016   Smithsonian Photo Contest, Finalist
2015   Australian Center for Photography's Top 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow
2015   Australia's Top Emerging Photographers, Runner-up, Documentary/Photojournalism category
2015   ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year, Finalist
2014   Selected as a featured artist at Photoville Festival - "The Fence", Brooklyn Bridge Park, New York City
2013   Fremantle International Portrait Prize, shortlisted
2012   International Conservation Photography Awards, first place, student category
2011   Australian Geographic World Heritage Sites of Australia, finalist
2010   Institute of Maritime Archaeology Photography Contest, Overall Winner
2010   Institute of Maritime Archaeology Photography Contest, Category Winner

2016   Lush Charity Pot Vancouver, Canada, for the Sacred Headwaters Project

Featured Publications/Press
2019 Monster Children
2018 Aint Bad
2018   The Guardian Australia
2018   Greenpeace Australia
2018   Capture Magazine
2018   Far Features profile
2017   National Geographic Online
2016   National Geographic Online
2016   The Modern Day Explorer
2016   Four and Sons Online
2015   Capture Magazine
2014   Four and Sons Magazine
2014   Vocativ
2014   World Photography Organization
2014   Featureshoot
2014   One Green Planet
2014   Scroll.in
2013   The Argus: Issue 2, Griffith University
2013   Australian Geographic Online
2013   27 Eyes on Sylhet, Queensland College of Art
2013   Moura: Small Towns Project, Queensland College of Art
2010   Focus on Australia, Panasonic/Lumix Australia

Published News Outlets
The Australian, Australia
The Mirror, UK
The National Observer, Canada
International Monetary Fund, USA
The Greanville Post, USA
The Huffington Post, USA
The Daily Mail, UK
The Week, USA
Australian Geographic Online, Australia
The Courier Mail, Australia
Australian Surfing Life, Australia
University of Southern California news page, USA
The Fassifern Guardian, Australia
The Brisbane Valley Sun, Australia