Bio and Awards


Karen Lunney is a contemporary photographic artist working out of Brisbane and North Stradbroke Island, Queensland, Australia. Her work investigates states of transition,liminal space, a place of possibility, where one thing has ceased and another not yet started. The light of dawn and dusk, the ocean-land interface and the migration of animals all represent forms of liminality. The cultural transitions of peoples forced to westernise, not sure what culture to save into their new modernity and the climatic changes causing paroxysms around the globe both produce uncertainties for the future with consequences for many.

Awards, exhibitions and Publications.
Finalist in the 2015 Fine Art Photography Awards
Silver medalist 2015 PX3
AX3 Photographer of the Year 2014
Nominee (four photos) Colour Awards 2015
Finalist in the Lensculture Exposure Awards 2015
International Wildlife Photographer of the Year (IPA), 2014
International Nature Photographer of the year (IPA), 2014
A Lucie Awards Nominee (IPA), 2014
Fourth in the professional photojournalism category of the 2013 and fourth in the wildlife category of the 2014 International Loupe Awards.
Finalist in the 2014 Smithsonian Photographic competition,
Finalist in the 2014 and 2015 HIPA competition out of Dubai,
Finalist in the 2014 Natural History Museum Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards,
Nominee in the Black and White Spider Awards
Finalist in the 2014 Doug Moran Contemporary Photography Award.

Exhibitions include: The Doug Moran Contemporary Photography Travelling Exhibition. The Independent Art Fair, Los Angeles 2015. The 2015 Headon Photography Festival, Wedge Gallery, Sydney. Photo London 2015.

Published in National Geographic book "Getting Your Shot", 2015 and published in "Mono" - a book of black and white images published by 1x.com and in "Creating the Future" - a book created from the finalists of the HIPA, Dubai 2014. She will be featured in the 2014 IPA and 2015 PX3 and AX3 Annuals.

Her work has been featured in the The Annual (2014) of the Australian professional magazine Capture and in the January 2015 issue of Australian Photography + digital magazine. Her work has been featured in several news and on-line publications and many of her photojournalism images are available via the Solent News and Photo Agency and Offset.