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Luke Tscharke (pronounced “Shar-key”) is a passionate Australian landscape photographer, based in Hobart, Tasmania. His 15-year journey in photography was founded in his profound appreciation for nature and a spirit for adventure, and led him to trade his corporate career as a quality assurance professional and a scientific background in biology for his true calling.
This transition matched his meticulous attention to detail and high standards with a desire to represent the wonder of the natural world through his lens, creating uncomplicated yet iconic compositions that form an intimate connection between the viewer and the landscapes he photographs.
Originally from the Barossa Valley, where his family history spans over seven generations, Luke’s love for Tasmania’s wild landscapes propelled him to swap city living in Melbourne and Sydney for the adventure of a lifetime. Trading his lab coat for a camera, he immersed himself in Tasmania’s breathtaking wilderness, persistently refining his craft with advanced Sony camera equipment and the latest processing software.
His distinctive portfolio showcases a thoughtful blend of nature, infra-red, aerial, and nightscape photography. Luke’s adventurous spirit guides him on bushwalks with his infra-red camera, capturing landscapes in transient light, and navigating the challenges of unpredictable weather to present rarely-seen nocturnal landscapes. A true night sky enthusiast, Luke is enthralled by the ephemeral beauty of Aurora Australis, devoting countless hours to chasing clear night skies to photograph these southern lights.
Recognised with the 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year and the 2018 David Malin Astrophotography Award, Luke’s expertise also extends to aerial cinematography as a certified drone operator from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). His contributions to the 2022 film “Franklin” demonstrate his aptitude in this field.
In addition to his individual accomplishments, Luke’s distinctive photographic style has also garnered attention from notable organisations, brands and charities. He’s proud to be a Sony Digital Imaging Advocate, a role that not only aligns with his passion for innovative technology but also allows him to represent a brand that played a significant role in shaping his personal photography journey and the industry more broadly. His reputation and expertise in the field have led him to become a regular contributor to Australian Geographic, where his enchanting images of Australia’s diverse landscapes not only contribute to the magazine’s mission of inspiring discovery and understanding of the country, but also resulted in two of his photos gracing the magazine’s covers.
Luke’s ultimate aim is to bring moments of beauty into people’s lives through his images, softly reminding us of our fleeting presence within these unspoiled landscapes, and reinforcing that, despite life’s turbulence, the world remains a place of incredible beauty. By sharing these awe-inspiring scenes, he hopes to encourage viewers to adopt a sense of stewardship, protecting and cherishing the extraordinary world we inhabit.
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