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Joshua Holko


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Born in Melbourne, Australia, I am a full-time professional Nature and Wildlife photographer. A passionate photographer, teacher, and adventurer I run workshops and expeditions for other photographers and travellers to some of the world's wildest and remotest regions.

Specialising in the Polar and sub-Polar regions of the globe, my work celebrates the extreme latitudes of the Polar environment. An ambassador for the Polar Regions I gave up the corporate world to pursue my true passion for photography. You are welcome to join me on a photographic trip of a lifetime to some of the most magical destinations on this planet.


Living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, I studied with distinction at the Australian Photography Studies College and the Australian College of Journalism. I am a fully accredited AIPP Double Master of Photography and was a member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers (AIPP) until it closed its doors in late 2021. In 2011 I was selected to appear in the AIPP 'Look for the Logo' television campaign highlighting some of Australia's best photographers. In 2011, I was also appointed as Australia's first and only Moab Master Photographer and Printer by Moab and Legion Paper in the USA. In early 2012, I was honored to be appointed as a member of the esteemed Coloratti by X-Rite and was subsequently interviewed for Nik Radio in late 2012. Early in 2013, I was honored as the 2012 Outdoor Photographer of the Year in the 'Spirit of Adventure category for my photograph of Mountain Climbers in Antarctica. In 2013, 2014, and again in 2015, I was elected to the Victorian Council of the Australian Institute of Professional Photographers. In 2014 I also won the Australian AIPP Canon Professional ScienceEnvironment and Nature Photographer of the Year and Victorian Epson Professional Photographer of the Year grand prize along with overall State category wins in Science, Environment and Nature, Creative Photographer of the Year, and Highest Scoring Print of the Year. In 2015 I was honored as the Global Arctic Photographer of the Year with five medals across multiple categories.

In 2017 and 2018 I was named the Victorian Epson Professional Documentary Photographer of the Year as well as being a finalist in the Science, Wildlife, and Wild Places category. I was also highly honored in Nature's Best Photography in the Nature in Motion category for Ghosts of the Arctic and was a finalist in Travel Photographer of the Year. In 2019 I was named the Victorian Epson Nature Photographer of the Year and was a finalist in the APPA National Australian Professional Photography Awards in the Nature Category. In 2020 I joined the AIPP Board as a Director of the Institute and served for 18 months until closed in late 2021. In 2021 I won the Silver medal for Australia in the World Photographic Cup in the Nature category and was the overall winner in the Natural World category in the AIPP Silver Lining Awards.

My photography has taken me on extensive travels throughout Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, North and South America, Canada, China, Europe, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Greenland, Mongolia, the Arctic, and Antarctica. I also pursue an active interest in mountain biking and wilderness trekking.

In Australia, I am officially represented by Philip Kulpa and the Source Photographica Gallery. International representation includes the Aspen Gallery in Aspen USA. My work has also been exhibited at international shows and expos across the USA and Europe including Photokina in Germany and PhotoPlus in New York.

My photography has also been exhibited at Montsalvat Art Gallery, purchased by City Councils, as well as private collectors around the world. My photography has won both Gold with Distinction and Silver with Distinction awards at the prestigious Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPA) as well as winning other internationally acclaimed awards such as the World Extreme Environment People's Choice Award. My work has also been published in numerous magazines and journals, including B&W + Color, National Geographic, Canadian Geographic, F11 Magazine, The Australian Photography, and Gallery Compendium, Wild, Australian Photography, Better Photography, Better Pictures, Wildlife Photographic, and the Silvershotz Journal.

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