Chris Burkard is an accomplished explorer, photographer, creative director, speaker, and author. Traveling 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 is known for images that are punctuated by untamed, energized landscapes and peak moments of adventure. He has accumulated an audience of over one million followers to become a globally recognized social influencer.
Burkard is often central in synthesizing the creative projects he is involved in, across stakeholders. His holistic and visionary perspective has earned him opportunities to work on global, prominent campaigns with Fortune 500 clients, appear as a TED speaker, develop specialty product lines, teach national and international photography workshops and publish a collection of books, including a children’s book. Along with his team, Burkard is based out of his full-scale production studio and art gallery near his hometown in Central Coast California.
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 recognized creative work of our time.
The Hard Way Home:
Lessons learned from a decade in cold water travel.
Chris Burkard will take the stage to share for the first time some of his greatest lessons he has gained from behind the lens.. from being thrown in a Russian jail cell to swimming in near freezing water these stories will be more than just pieces of advice for his fellow photographers, but wisdom that he says can only be learned the Hard Way. Chris has spent over a decade of his career traveling to some of the most remote parts of the globe seeking out some of the last wild places and this slideshow will take you there. From the remote Aleutian Islands to the frozen coast of northern Norway and back again this has been a presentation a lifetime in the making.