A bit of adventure and grit never did anyone any harm and for Camilla Stoddart it has essentially moulded her into the talented photographer she is today. Leaving behind St Martins College of Art, London where she obtained her Arts Honours Degree, and her homeland of Scotland, Camilla made a pilgrimage deep into the South Island of New Zealand and ended up in Wanaka. It is here that she has carved out an undeniable reputation as one of the country’s best outdoor adventure sports, travel and lifestyle photographers.
Popular for her relaxed, easy going smile and professional results, Camilla finds it easy to relate with publishers, art directors and advertising agencies. Her moody, magical images have revolutionised outdoor publications. She shoots adventure sports, travel and lifestyle images which have been widely published both in New Zealand and offshore: in books, magazines and newspapers and often complimented by her written words which correspond beautifully with her images.
Over time she has developed a strong, recognisable style that has set her apart from the rest. By capturing moments, captivating audiences and creating art, she has been published worldwide and gained recognition among her peers. Camilla now lives on a high country farm in the Wanaka Queenstown area and works all over New Zealand and the world, travelling to epic locations to get the shot.
By Julia Atkinson of Studio Home Online
Camilla was asked to appear in Whistler as a finalist for the PRO PHOTOGRAPHER SHOWDOWN 2012 at the Telus Ski and Snowboard festival. She was one of 5 photographers flown to Whistler for the event, and presented her 9min slide show to an audience of 1800.
Camilla’s photograph of BASE jumper Josie Symons made the finals of the prestigious RED BULL ILLUME IMAGE QUEST 2010- the biggest international photography competition that celebrates the world of adventure sports. Close to 23,000 images were submitted and only 50 made the finals. Camilla’s shot was selected as one of the final 50 and top 5 of its category. She was the only female finalist.
In July 2011 Camilla competed in the SCANDINAVIAN PHOTO CHALLENGE, in Are, Sweden. She was up against 4 of the world’s most renowned mountain bike photographers and was given 5 days to shoot and edit a slide show of work using the mountain bike resort of Are as a location. She beat all the male competitors and came out victorious. Her award winning slide show can be seen on the videos page.