Zena holloway

Underwater Photography Festival Ambassador - United Kingdom

- Awards-Winning Photographer

Zena Holloway has photographed Olympians, sports personalities, singers and songwriters as well as newborn babies, indigenous peoples and creatures of all shapes and sizes; both marine and terrestrial. Born in Bahrain and raised between London and pretty much everywhere else in the world, she went on her first dive in England as a teenager. Charmed by the magic of the underwater world, she began experimenting with a camera and decided to chart her own course in an ultra-niche profession. Nobody showed her the ropes; she taught herself.

Her most recent projects, such as Seawomen and Cry Me a River, look at the deep emotional connection people have to oceans, lakes and waterways. Her images reflect darker emotions as well as feelings of happiness and calm that being near and around water can inspire. Zena lives on the outskirts of London with her husband and three young children in a converted Ministry of Defence underground torpedo-testing centre. When she’s not underwater taking pictures, she can often be found cycling with the kids to school through Bushy Park or outside feeding their Chalk Hill Blue hens.

Awards & Nominations include:
ND Awards (2017), Fine Art Photo Awards (2017), Communication Arts (2012, 2010, 2004), PDN, Cannes (2013), Applied Arts (2010, 2009, 2008, 2006), AoP (2009, 2008, 2006, 2002, 1999), IPA (2012, 2006), Nikon international (2003) and RPS (1999).

Editorial and Published Works include:
National Geographic, Dazed&Confused, Paris Match, How to Spend it, Harpers Bazaar, GQ, Vanity Fair, The Observer, 125, Stylist, Quintessentially Magazine,  JFW, Twill, Vision, Neon, Schon, Cent magazine and The Sunday Times. The Waterbabies (published 2008)

Clients include:
B&H (Leo Burnett, Mexico), Built with Chocolate Milk (Campbell Ewald NY), English National Opera, The Royal Ballet, Pepsi, Speedo, Radox (Grey), Camay (Leo Burnett, Hong Kong), Nike, Herbal Essences (Leo Burnett, London), Umbro, Olay (Saatchi & Saatchi NY), Jacuzzi (Y&R San Fran), Greenpeace (Saatchi & Saatchi, London), Shangri-La (O&M, HongKong), Sony (TBWA), EMI, GlaxoSmithKline (Ogilvy), Epson (Burkitt DDB) and the BBC.

Selected Shows and Exhibitions:
2018 Museum of Moscow – Immersion, Russia*
2018 UpOn Walls – Fluid, Sweden *
2018 UpOn Walls – Vättern, Sweden 
2018 Cheonan Arts Center Museum of Art, Korea *
2018 Yongin Art Center, Korea, waterbabes *
2018 508 Kings Road Gallery, London Seawomen
2018 Art Palm Beach, Florida Seawomen
2017 Scope Art Show, Miami Seawomen
2017 Bridgeman Gallery
2016 Musée de la Porte Doreé, Paris Swansong
2016 MBC, Daegu, South Korea *
2016 Cinema Center, Busan, South Korea *
2015 Changwon Cultural Foundation, South Korea *
2015 Hyundai Art Center, Ulsan, South Korea *
2015 Seoul Art Center, South Korea *
2014 Saatchi Gallery, London Swansong
2014 Calken Gallery, London *
2013 Elle Décor’s show house, Miami, Scattered *
2012 London Art Fair, Swansong
2012 Affordable Art Fair, London, Swansong
2012 Bo.Lee Gallery, UK, Swansong *
2011 Tatar Gallery, Canada, Swansong
2011 Schouwburg, Netherlands, Swansong *
2010 The Hospital, London UK, Swansong
2009 Cosa Gallery, London UK, Swansong

*denotes solo

If you want to know more, you can find a feature interview with Zena in Image in Progress 1