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Zak Noyle

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Full Name
Zakary Noyle

Known for
Surf Photography

Zak Noyle

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June 26, 1985 (age 38) (

Notable work
Wave of Change - Trash photo taken in IndonesiaPerfect DayAquatography Workshop

Surfer Magazine - 2011 Photo of the Year


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Zakary Noyle (June 26, 1985) is a professional surf and wave photographer living on the island of Oahu in Hawaii, best known for his large wave photographs.


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Early life

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Zak Noyle is a third generation professional photographer. His father, Ric Noyle is a prominent commercial photographer in Hawaii and his grandfather shot with the first 3D camera and was an aerial photographer during World War II. Growing up in the Hawaiian Islands, Noyle quickly developed a deep passion for the ocean. He became a state champion swimmer while attending Punahou School and was a contributing staff photographer for Transworld Surf Magazine, which has since gone out of business. Zak’s experience with surf and wave photography started when he began taking a disposable camera into the water at Sandy Beach to photograph his friends. “I just love being in the water with waves crashing over me, I figured I should try to capture this feeling and share it with people.”


In 2010, he became a staff photographer with Surfer Magazine, and became the magazine’s senior staff photographer when he was only 25 years old. His work has appeared in numerous magazines like ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated, National Geographic and advertisements for companies such as Billabong and Chanel. Noyle’s professional career has taken him around the world chasing swells in Indonesia, Tahiti, Hawaii, Japan, California, Australia and Hong Kong, and for clients like Lulu Lemon, Chanel, Iron Man Triathlon, Red Bull, surf competitions and more. Zak Noyle is well known for his fearlessness in the ocean, charging sometimes 10–20 foot waves, and his ability to consistently be in the water at the right place and at the right time. Professional surfer Jamie 0'Brien said of Noyle, “He pictures what he wants in his head and then he captures it on camera. It's a mind game, I think it's awesome.”


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In 2014, Noyle created a free educational workshop for aspiring surf and wave photographers called The Aquatography Workshops. This annual workshop covers all areas of underwater photography such as: how-to’s, best practices, camera maintenance, and includes a hands on demonstration for participants with industry experts. “It was a fun way for me to give back and to teach people,” Noyle says “I love helping others who are passionate about water photography and I will use any excuse I can to get in the water with my camera.”


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Selected Solo Exhibitions

Zak Noyle Photo of the Year Winner

  • 2015: Waikiki Parc Hotel, Waikiki, Hawaii
  • 2015: Greenroom Gallery, Haleiwa, HI
  • 2015: Greenroom Gallery, Waikiki, HI
  • Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 2015: “Greenroom Festival” - Japan, HI (
  • Published photos

  • Surfer Magazine cover (September 2010, September 2014, January 2015)
  • Awards and recognitions

  • Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles – 2010 international sports photographers
  • Surfer Magazine’s – 2011 Photo of the Year Award – Perfect Day
  • Red Bull Illume Award –2013 Best Sports Action Photo – Sunset Ride
  • References

    Zak Noyle Wikipedia

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