Duncan McKenzie is a sailor, explorer, visual artist and writer. 

His work has been published in many national and international magazines such as Stern, Intelligent Life, The Financial Times, The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Guardian, Geographical, and in various books. Winning entries for awards include the John Kobal, Schweppes and Taylor Wessing Portrait Awards, the AOP Awards, the Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition. His work has been widely exhibited, including The National Portrait Gallery, The Photographer's Gallery, The Royal Festival Hall, and The Royal Photographic Society.

Duncan was born in England, graduated in social anthropology and ethnographic film at UCL and SOAS, followed by a diploma in documentary photography at UOW. His background in people and human socio-cultural themes led him to find his niche photographing portraits and human interest stories for a variety of editorial and commercial clients. 

In recent years he has focussed on humans’ existential relationship with the natural world. This interest combined with his passion for sailing led him to become a skipper, and engage in the two-year refit of Czarina Blue, a classic 38’ sailing ketch, in which he now travels the oceans and photographs, films and writes on themes of sailing, exploring, nature, connectedness and alternative living.







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2016  Eranda Studio, The Photographer's Gallery, London

2015  The Balcony, London Waterloo International

2011   Allen & Overy, London

2008  National Portrait Gallery, London

2007  ICA Winner's Gallery, Los Angeles

2005  National Portrait Gallery, London

2004  AOP Gallery, London

2002  National Portrait Gallery, London

2001   AOP Gallery, London Assistant's Awards, winner Life Single Image, London

1994   Royal Festival Hall, London

1991    Photographer's Gallery, London


2016  Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition, finalist

2015  Landscape Photographer of the Year Award

2011   Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition

2008  Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize

2007  International Color Awards, Nominee in People

2005  Schweppes Portait Award

2004  AOP Awards winner Life Single Image

2002 John Kobal Portrait Award

2001  AOP Assistant's Awards, winner Life Single Image

1994  South Bank Photo Exhibition

1991  Transitions


  • Vice Magazine

  • Sunday Times Magazine

  • Sunday Telegraph Magazine

  • Observer Magazine

  • Guardian Weekend Magazine

  • Financial Times Weekend

  • 1843 magazine / Intelligent Life / The Economist

  • Stern magazine

  • Neue Zurcher Zeitung

  • NZZ Am Sontag

  • XL Semanal

  • Sunday Times Travel Magazine

  • Independent Saturday Magazine

  • Independent on Sunday Review

  • Times of India

  • New Scientist

  • Geographical Magazine

  • Conde Nast Traveler

  • Art + Auction

  • Modern Painters

  • Architectural Record

  • Wanderlust

  • Timeout

  • Random House

  • Penguin Books

  • Hodder Headline

  • AA Publishing

  • Sony

  • Guinness

  • Easyjet

  • Landrover

  • Channel Four

  • Nicorette

  • St Mungo's