Hello, my name is Luke Tscharke (pronounced like Sharkey) and I’m an Australian landscape and nature photographer. I am passionate about inspiring people to travel and see the beauty in the world around them. I originally trained as a Quality Assurance professional with a Bachelor of Science degree and have worked for some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies to ensure the quality and integrity of their products. I like to think that this same meticulous approach has been instilled in my photography, where I strive to create iconic natural landscape images from locations across Australia and other parts of the world.

The quality of my work has been recognised by awards in many photography competitions, publication in books, calendars, and magazines, and work with corporate clients, tourism organisations, and charities.

I am a regular contributor to Australian Geographic Magazine, where I’ve had two magazine covers, and my first feature story in the magazine was published in January 2018 on the remote Western Arthur Range in Tasmania. I also contribute images and articles to the Australian Photography magazine, and I’m an Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). I love helping and teaching others so I run photography workshops for many clients each year across Australia.

I have been fascinated by the natural environment ever since I was a child, and have been able to merge this interest with a love of bushwalking to be able to photograph some of Australia’s most stunning and wild natural environments. My favourite place to photograph is Tasmania, where I visited many times to explore and be immersed in the world heritage listed wilderness. In fact, I loved visiting Tasmania so much I decided to relocate there from Sydney in July 2017.

I have a large social media following across Instagram and Facebook, with over 100,000 followers across the platforms. I am available for social media influencing work, group workshops, private tuition sessions, and I offer fine art prints and image licensing. To learn more about my services please visit the Services page.

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PARTNERSHIPS
Sony Digital Imaging Advocate

Sony Australia: I am a Digital Imaging Advocate for Sony Australia. In 2004, when I was first getting into digital photograpy, I purchased a 5mp Sony DSC-V1. Down the track in 2014 when I began taking photography very seriously I began shooting on a Sony α7R, and since then have also shot with a Sony α7R II, α7S, α7 III and α7R III. I absolutely love photographing with Sony equipment. The smaller size and lower weight make them ideal for hiking and outdoor work without compromising on image quality. I am thrilled to partner with Sony Australia and offer workshops and events via the Sony Scene Website.

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NiSi Filters Australia: I am an Ambassador for NiSi Filters in Australia. You can contact me for advice or sales support regarding these filters. I currently use the 100mm NiSi V5 Pro Filter holder and circular polariser, with the 3-stop ND, 6-stop ND, 10-stop ND, 15-stop ND, and the 4-stop soft graduated ND and 3-stop medium graduated ND filters.

Sirui Tripod Ambassador

Sirui Australia: I am an Ambassador for Sirui Tripods in Australia. Sirui Tripod products can be viewed and purchased via my webstore. You can also contact me for advice or sales support regarding these tripods. I currently use the Sirui W-1204, W-2204, and R-4213X tripods.

Laowa Ambassador

Laowa Australia: I am an Ambassador for Laowa Australia (Venus Optics). Laowa produce incredibly interesting lenses, and are specialists at manufacturing designs that no-one else has thought of. I find my 12mm f/2.8 and 15mm f/2 Laowa lenses indispensable for my Astrophotography. I have been extremely impressed by the build quality and find them very fun lenses to use. I am very happy to have an association with Laowa, and you can contact me if you would like to know more about their lenses.

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AWARDS
  • 2019 David Malin Astrophotography Awards – Winner Photo Editor’s Choice
    2019 Sony Alpha Photography Awards – Judge (Astrophotography)
  • 2018 David Malin Astrophotography Awards – Overall Winner
    2018 David Malin Astrophotography Awards – Winner Nightscapes
    2018 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year – Shortlisted in Landscapes
  • 2017 Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year – Finalist in Nightscapes
    2017 David Malin Astrophotography Awards – Winner Photo Editor’s Choice
    2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year – Judge
  • 2016 Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) NSW Emerging Photographer of the Year
    2016 Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) APPA – 1x Silver Distinction, 2x Silver
    2016 Black and White Spider Awards – Professional Nature – Second Place
    2016 Capture Magazine Australia’s Top Emerging Photographer 2016 – Landscape Category winner
    2016 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year – 3 x finalist images in Landscape and Monochrome
    2016 Tasmanian Nature and Landscape Photography Award – Winner and Third place in ‘Wild Landscapes’ category
  • 2015 International Landscape Photographer of the Year – Winner of Photograph of the Year
    2015 Monochrome Awards – Monochrome Photographer of the Year – Grand Prize Winner
    2015 Monochrome Awards – Landscape, Professional – First Place
    2015 International Photographer of the Year – Winner of Fine Art: Landscapes category
    2015 Better Photography Awards – Classic Landscapes – Gold and category Winner
    2015 ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year – Landscape category – finalist
    2015 Focus Photography Awards – Photographer of the Year – First Place
    2015 Focus Photography Awards – Image of the Year – Second Place
    2015 Focus Photography Awards – First Place in Landscape and Creative categories
    2015 Epson International Pano Awards – Open nature – Gold (13th place)
    2015 International Photography Awards – Nature, Landscapes – Honourable Mention
  • 2014 Epson International Pano Awards – Amateur Built Environment – 13th and 38th
    2014 Epson International Pano Awards – Amateur Nature – Bronze
    2014 Focus Awards – Cityscape category – winner
    2014 Focus Awards – Black and White category – winner and runner up
    2014 Focus Awards – Photographer of the Year – 4th place
  • 2013 Fujifilm X Landscape Photographer of the Year 2013 – Finalist and 5th position
    2013 Photoblog Awards – Best Landscape Photography – winner
    2013 International Loupe Awards – Open Landscape – 20th overall
    2013 International Loupe Awards – Amateur Landscape – 11th overall
    2013 Focus Awards – Photographer of the Year – runner up
    2013 Focus Awards – Cityscape category – winner
PUBLICATIONS
  • Australian Geographic Magazine
    Australian Geographic: Jan-Feb 2018 Western Arthurs Feature Story
    Australian Geographic 2018 Landscape Calendar
    Australian Geographic: July-Aug 2016 – Photographing Aurora Australis tips box
    Australian Geographic: Mar-Apr 2016 – Big Picture Feature
    Australian Geographic: Sept-Oct 2015 – Photographing the Milky Way tips box
    Australian Geographic: July-Aug 2015 – ANZANG Shortlisted image
    Australian Geographic Adventures: Special Edition June 2015 – cover image
    Australian Geographic: May-June 2015 – cover image
  • Australia Post
    Great Walks of Australia Commemorative Medallion – inner cover
  • Australian Photography Magazine
    Australian Photography Magazine December 2017 – Magazine Cover
    Australian Photography Magazine April 2017 – Astrophotography feature
    Australian Photography Magazine December 2016 – Seascapes feature
    Australian Photography Magazine October 2016 – Bucket-list article
    Australian Photography Magazine September 2016 – Infrared article
    Australian Photography Magazine June 2016 – cover image
  • Better Photography Magazine
    Better Photography Magazine Issue 82 – cover image
  • Bureau of Meteorology
    Cover of 2018 Weather Calendar
  • Capture Magazine
    Capture Magazine: May-June 2016 – Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers 2016 feature
  • Landscope Magazine (Conservation and Land Management Western Australia)
    Landscope 2016 Calendar
    Landscope Volume 30 Number 2 – cover image
  • Pittwater Life Magazine
    Pittwater Life May 2016 – cover image
  • Practical Photography Magazine (UK)
    Practical Photography Magazine Sepetember 2016 – “Developing your landscape style” article
  • REEF Magazine (Hamilton Island Magazine)
    Reef Magazine Issue 14 – cover image
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EXHIBITIONS
  • Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year
    2018 – South Australian Museum: 1 exhibited image
    2018 – Australian Museum (Sydney): 1 exhibited image
    2016 – South Australian Museum: 3 exhibited images
    2016 – Australian Museum (Sydney): 3 exhibited images
    2015 – South Australian Museum: 1 exhibited image
  • Head on Photo Festival (Sydney)
    2016 – AIPP Award Winners Exhibition
    2015 – AddOn Photographic Exhibition

 

FAQ
What camera do you use?
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Landscape

Sony A7R Mark IV

Astro

Sony A7 Mark III

Infra-red

Sony A7R-IR (850nm)
What do you use to edit your photos?

I use Adobe Lightroom or Capture One Pro to edit my RAW files and then Adobe Photoshop to finish the images.

Why do you photograph in Infrared (IR)?

I love that infrared images provide a point of difference. I often say that IR allows me to capture scenes literally in a different light. With so many photographers out there it is often hard to be unique in the crowd. I find Infrared is a brilliant way of differentiating myself.

You can read more about my thoughts on Infrared photography on my Artist Profile on the LifePixel Blog.

Where did you convert your camera to IR?

Originally I sent my camera to LifePixel in the USA for conversion. My camera was converted using the standard 720nm filter. More recently I sent my camera to Kolari to be converted to 850nm deep black and white filter.

Can you speak or judge at my camera club?

Absolutely! Please get in contact with me via my Contact Form

How are your star images so clear?

I use the Sony A7III camera for photographing the stars. That camera is extremely sensitive to light and exposes the stars better than most cameras. To understand the process for capturing the stars please see my blog post about it.