Chris Burkard

United States

Chris Burkard Bio

Who is Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard is an American self-taught photographer and artist. Landscape and lifestyle photographer who first rose to fame for his stunning surf photos featured in publications like Surfline and Transworld Surf.

Early Life (Childhood)

After completing high school in 2004 at the age of 19, Burkard enrolled in classes at Cuesta Junior College. He became exposed to photography as an art form and the idea of composition quickly captured his attention.

Interesting Facts

He has worked with countless prestigious clients and earned more than 1.6 million posting his photos to Instagram. He has published several photo books of his work and, in 2015, released the children's story The Boy Who Spoke To The Earth.

Personal Life

He currently lives in Grover Beach with his wife Breanne, whom he married in 2007. They have two sons, Jeremiah and Forrest. He bought his first camera for $65 at a Goodwill auction.


PMDA Visionary Photographer Award 2016, Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown April 2013, The World Open of Photography 2nd Place Open Winner 2012, Look Between Photo Festival 2010, and Morro Bay Art Society Award 2005 are some of the awards Chris has won.