Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Our Ambassador and US Associate Artisan of Imagery presents new work from Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. Many of the mountain regions around Lake Wanaka can only be accessed by plane or helicopter. These images capture the majestic sights of the glacial melt water, the lake, and Mt. Roy were shot for the Lake Wanaka NZ tourism group.

Chris recently presented a TED Talk about the joys and excitement of surfing in ice-cold water. Watch the inspiring video below. 

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    Chris Burkard

    Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

    Sony α7II Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS 1/200sec, f/4, ISO 100

    Glacier melt water carves its way through the valleys around Lake Wanaka.

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    Chris Burkard

    Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

    Sony α7II Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 Za Oss 125sec, f/4, ISO 100

    Many of the mountain regions around Lake Wanaka can only be accessed by plane or helicopter. Two hikers make their way towards a glacial river.

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    Chris Burkard

    Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

    Sony α7II Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS 640sec, f/4, ISO 100

    A typical New Zealand scene, sheep stand bellow snowy mountains in the Lake Wanaka region.

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    Chris Burkard

    Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

    Sony α7II Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 Za Oss 400sec, f/4.5, ISO 100

    A young man relaxes in a hammock overlooking Lake Wanaka.

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    Chris Burkard

    Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

    Sony α7II Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 Za Oss 200sec, f/4, ISO 160

    A man makes his way across a bridge on the hike through rainforest leading to the Rob Roy Glacier in the Lake Wanaka region.

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    Chris Burkard

    Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

    Sony α7II Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS 1250sec, f/4.5, ISO 100

    A break in the cloud reveals the power of glacier melt water carving the riverbeds that feed into Lake Wanaka.

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    Chris Burkard

    Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

    Sony α7II Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS 800sec, f/4, ISO 200

    Hikers traverse across a rocky ridgeline in the early morning above Lake Wanaka.

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    Chris Burkard

    Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

    Sony α7II Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 Za Oss 500sec, f/5, ISO 125

    A typical New Zealand hut shelters backpackers from the elements in the mountains of Wanaka.

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    Chris Burkard

    Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

    Sony α7II Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 Za Oss 800sec, f/5, ISO 125

    An emerald green lake sits above the valleys around Lake Wanaka.

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    Chris Burkard

    Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

    Sony α7II 320sec, f/4, ISO 100

    A man pauses on a rock to look at Lake Wanaka on the hike to Roy’s Peak.

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Chris Burkard

Chris Burkard

"Anything that is worth pursuing is going to require us to suffer, just a little bit."

Chris Burkard is a self-taught photographer and artist, based in Central Coast California, whose work is layered by surf, outdoor, lifestyle and travel subjects. Burkard’s images are punctuated by energized landscapes and moments of bliss, by adventure seeking and the lifestyle that ensues, by movement and intuitive light-working capabilities. With the ocean as his main muse, Burkard has consistently captured this subject in timeless and expansive photographic impressions, utilizing the tool of surfing to approach the ocean’s intricate personality and then extending out to include the human personalities that draw meaning from this source.

It’s not unusual to see Chris traveling to the ends of the earth to experience the rush of a wave – capturing it all on camera. In the below video, watch Chris present his TED Talk about the joys and excitement of surfing in ice-cold water.

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