Richard Young is a full-time nature and landscape photographer based in Wanaka. He has guided groups of photographers in New Zealand since 2010 and founded New Zealand Photography Workshops in 2013. He has a passion for teaching photography, working to motivate and inspire people on his workshops.
Richard’s photography has been recognised in numerous international landscape photography competitions, including winning the ‘Best Landscape’ at the Banff Mountain Photography Competition in 2010. Over recent years he has changed his approach to landscape photography, focusing on the emotional and expressive engagement in the landscape he works to produce a more personal body of work.
His work has been widely exhibited across New Zealand, Canada, America and England in solo and group exhibitions along with in his own gallery space for seven years up until 2020. His passion for creating exquisite prints and his knowledge of fine-art printing has led him to become an ambassador for Epson Printers.
He has spent time exploring some of the country’s most remote and wild places, working to photograph his response to awe-inspiring and unspoilt landscape. His views on landscape photography have been published in books and magazines, including a monthly column for NZ Photographer Magazine.
“A photograph can let us see the landscape in a way we cannot with our own eyes. This moment—my expressive response to the landscape—has been frozen in time and will never be revealed the same again; this landscape will change, as will the light and elements that combine to create the emotion in the picture.”