Danielle Austen is an award-winning fine art photographer specializing in intimate portraits of the environment. She has been photographing for over 30 years, professionally for over 20 years.
Danielle received her BFA from Cornell University and worked as a graphic designer for seven years before attending the master’s program at the Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in photojournalism.
Working for newspapers and magazines, her editorial work has been published locally, regionally, and nationally, including “Life’s, The Year in Pictures.” Returning to her fine art roots, she has combined her skills and training and has participated in over four dozen national and international juried exhibits, five group shows, and four solo exhibits.
She has been selected in seven Artist-in-Residency programs across the United States. The Shenandoah National Park, Rocky Mountain NP, Great Smoky Mountains NP, twice at Acadia NP, Everglades NP, and was a Full Fellowship recipient at the Vermont Studio Center.
Danielle has won numerous awards both in her photojournalism and fine artwork, including last year’s Abstract winner in the Julia M Cameron International Awards. The past six years received honorable mentions in the International Photography Awards and the previous four years in the International Black & White Spider Awards. In 2013, she was a national winner of Canon’s “Project Imaginat10n” photo competition with Director Ron Howard. Celebrity director Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, chose her winning image to help inspire his short film, “Evermore,” which premiered in October 2013 in NYC.
In August 2014, she was the co-creator and curator of the “NJ350 Elements” exhibit. In celebration of New Jersey’s 350th anniversary, this unique juried photography exhibit was created to represent the environment within the environment. Images of New Jersey’s nature and wildlife created by New Jersey photographers were printed on 40”x60” water-resistant satin fabric and displayed outdoors around the Duke Farms Environmental Center in Hillsborough, NJ.
Danielle is a former instructor at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and now teaches online classes, workshops and presents on a variety of topics to photographic societies throughout the region.