JACK ATLEY, is one of Australia’s most awarded professional photographers.
Shooting professionally since the age of 18, his career is virtually unparalleled.
In 2011, Jack took out the ‘First Place overall’ in the Open Professional section of The Moran Portraiture Prize for an image he shot on world rare disease day.
He is also an overall winner of The Australian Press Photographer of the Year Award – the highest individual award possible for press photographers in Australia – achieved after covering a news assignment in Cambodia which saw him have a gun placed to his head by a rogue soldier.
The soldier was talked down by a local taxi driver. Of the situation he has said: ‘You have the choice to go into dangerous situations to take pictures or not – but then you also have to wake up and live with yourself for not doing so. Taking a risk can be the difference between fulfillment and wondering what might have been. I’d much rather have a crack at something and find out’.
In 2011 he was appointed directly by The Sydney Opera House Trust to be the Official Photographer to The Sydney Opera House redevelopment program and to document the largest ever architectural changes to the site since it was first built. The initial 3 year construction project is on going.
He has also achieved multiple category 1st placings in Australia’s National Press Photography Awards across: Portraits, Sport, News and Human Interest categories.
In 2010, his work was chosen as a Top 10 Finalist in The Sony World Photography Awards, judged from some 37,617 entries.
In 2013, his work was listed as a Finalist in global Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards, judged from some 48,000 entries in London, UK. Wikipedia notes this award as being ‘one of the most prestigious photography competitions in the world’. A global exhibition tours to millions.
His portrait subjects have included US President George W Bush, HRH Queen Elizabeth, Pope Benedict XVI, Vladamir Putin, multiple Australian Prime Ministers, Roger Federer, Tiger Woods, Michael Schumacher, Steve Waugh, Richard Branson, Sting and The Rolling Stones …to name a few.
He is regularly called upon by both The Australian Prime Minister’s Office and the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to do Official Portraits of Heads of State or international dignitaries when they visit Australia.
His work has been seen around the world and in such publications as Vogue Entertaining + Travel, BMW Magazine, The New York Times in New York and The Sunday Times in London and exhibited inside The State Library of NSW and The Sydney Opera House.
With over 27 years professional experience working at the highest end of international media, shooting for global photo agencies (Getty, AP, reuters, Bloomberg) – his early professional years saw him cover events such as The Olympic Games, working as a photographer on the world’s Formula 1 circuit – based from London – 4 years as Official photographer to the Australian Cricket Team – and assignments including spending the last week of his political career with Australian Prime Minister John Howard, before he was removed from office…
Following the early years of hard news, fast action and travelling the globe, Jack now lives in Australia and shoots directly for clients and companies of distinction.