Drew Hopper is a travel, documentary and editorial photographer, when he isn’t travelling he calls Australia home. Captivated by the diversity of cultures, people and environment, Drew ventures far and wide to capture pictures that define his experiences with the vision that they will impact and inspire an audience in a way individual to each viewer.
Drew’s curiosity for different ways of living have influenced the desire to travel to new and unfamiliar territories. With a talented eye he captures stunning images and works with humility, respect and a light footprint. Drew is a regular contributor to Australian Geographic, covering assignments throughout Australia. He also regularly contributes to Australian Photography magazine writing photo articles and judges monthly contests, and has work featured in numerous travel, photography and lifestyle magazines worldwide. In 2016, Drew spent 8 months travelling in India, on assignment to capture and create stunning images for an Affirmations publication to be released in early 2017. In 2015 he won the ANZANG (Nature Photographer of the Year) in the botanical category. Drew was also shortlisted again in ANZANG with his image ‘Mist Shower’.
As well as travelling and shooting, Drew is also the Editor-in-Chief for Travel Photographer Society magazine, a quarterly online publication focused on travel photography. In 2016, he was also part of the jury panel in the Travel Photographer Asia Awards and curated the exhibition in Kuala Lumpur’s prestigious White Box Gallery.
He offers his photographic services for assignments worldwide. Drew will work with his clients to deliver the highest quality photographs. For more information in relation to image licensing and assignments contact Drew.
– Bio by Lee Gentle
Capturing compelling images has always been my driving force. For me, photography has always been about the visual message that a photograph can portray, whether it’s simply an abstract composition or a strong narrative, a photograph is always a piece to a bigger and more in depth truth. Over the years I have found various pieces that fit together to create something hypnotic. Each photograph is an interpretation of my minds eye; whether staged or candid, there is an instinctual thought-process that I have developed over years of practice and patience.
My curiosity for exploration has fuelled my passion to continue my development for the craft of image making. It has allowed me to discover inner awareness and express my emotions and experiences on a whole other level. I find great satisfaction in capturing and sharing my discoveries with an audience, with the vision that my viewer can connect and take away something unique to the individual. In my mind it’s all about emphasising emotion for the essence of the subjects in front of my camera. Sometimes all the elements come together and reward me with a worthy image, other times I walk away empty handed, however I never believe I’ve failed. Everyday is a learning curve and if I don’t succeed, I know I will be better prepared for the following opportunity. I’m also a firm believer in quality over quantity, which is why I strive for excellence in my photography.
“Over the years I’ve learnt the importance of trusting my instincts as a photographer. When I photograph, I trust my instincts as much as possible. Like all great relationships there must be a level of trust. Without it there is no reward.” – Drew Hopper