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Jonathan May's instinctual ability to take a concept and tell a fascinating visual story is both innovative and compelling. He loves to find interesting characters and unconventional locations, using colour and treatments to heighten the visual experience. His work visually engages us by drawing us in to share the experience of the subject.
Lurzers Archive magazine named Jonathan May one of the Top 200 International Advertising photographers for the past three consecutive years.
Jonathan has also been a finalist in Australia’s most prestigious photographic portrait prize HEAD ON for the past 5 consecutive years. Winning it with his portrait of "Stanford" in 2013, and "Lina" was the "peoples choice" winner in 2012.
Jonathan recently won a Bronze Lion at Cannes with his work on the Google Maps "Know before you go" campaign and also for the Sydney dog and cats home.
In 2009, Jonathan won the Sydney Morning Herald “shoot the chef” competition with his hilarious portrayal of celebrity chef Manu Fieldel on a unicycle, dressed as a circus performer.
“The Embrace” was selected as a finalist in the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, and was exhibited in The National Portrait Gallery in London in 2011.
Jonathan’s great love is the quirky, creative, concept-driven advertising that comes out of true collaboration with art directors.
Currently Jonathan has representation in Los Angeles, Sydney, and Moscow.
Google, Snickers, Sony, Commonweath Bank, Vodafone, MTV, Westfield, Telstra Bigpond, Beatdisc records, Optus, Bell Shakespere Company, Hoyts Cinemas, Lion Nathan, Coastalwatch, Salvation Army, Sydney Cats and Dogs Homes, Mini, Various other Music and Art clients