Thor Elias Engelstad is a Norwegian born, Australia based photographer, known for his innovative and recognisable characteristic style combination of fashion and fine art photography.

Thor’s ability to shoot consistently at a level of excellence across a number of genres with a noteworthy and individual aesthetic has garnered him much success.  He provides a special edge in his photography that no other photographer can, causing new clients to exclaim that they are never going to need another photographer again. His impressive technological expertise allows him to deliver every client with a skilled, fast and effective service.


Some of his fashion and advertising clients include Pandora, Valley Eyewear, Robina Group, Volvo, Hewlett Packard, Samsung, Grab Denim, Billabong, Oscar Oscar, Mimosa, Universal Store, Huawei, Stockland, Brookfield Multiplex, Lisa Brown, Witchery, Boom Shankar, Gold Coast Tourism Corporation, MySpace, National Breast Cancer Foundation and Princess Luxury Yachts.

His work has been featured in publications such as a Cultural History of Fashion in the 20th century, Vulture Magazine, Carbon Copy, Harper's Bazaar, Fashion Journal, Frankie Magazine, Black Magazine, Fucking Young, Lino, Art World, Australian Art Review, Academy for Men, UCE Magazine, Cleo, Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, Shop Til You Drop, Oyster and French Photo.

He also has been the recipient of international prizes such as the International photography Awards, International Color Awards and The Centre for Fine Art Photography in the USA.


When not shooting for clients, Thor Elias travels the continents adding to his varied influences and inspirations,

balancing his personal photo media and visual experimentation's work.

Listed below are his Group Exhibitions, Publications and Awards.

Group exhibitions

2015 Windows to the Sacred, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Vic, Australia
2014 Windows to the Sacred, Devonport Gallery, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia.
2013 Windows to the Sacred, an exploration of the exoteric, National Trust S.H Ervin Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2013 The Story of the Creative, International Exhibition, See Me, NY, USA
2012/13 Vente De Photographies D’Art, Sakura Gallery, Paris, France
2012 Capturing Light | New Mediums in photography, part of the Queensland Festival of Photography, Byron Bay, Aus
2010/11 Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize 2010, State Library, Sydney, Australian touring exhibition
2010 New York Photo Festival, Human Kind Exhibition, The PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2010 Kodak Salon, Centre for Contemporary Photography (CCP), Melbourne, Australia
2010 Art Sydney 2010, Hall of Industries, Sydney, Australia
2009 30x40, A Snapshot of Contemporary Australian art in 2009, United Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2008 Hip Pop, Showcasing 4 hip and 4 pop artists, United Galleries, Sydney, Australia
2008 Tales from the Cold Ghost II, Tinygold, 19 Karen Gallery, Gold Coast, Australia
2008 Art in Mind, Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK
2008 Unwrapped 08, Australia’s Premier Showcase of Emerging Art, United Galleries, Perth, Australia
2008 A Hundred Nations, multicultural festival, Sandefjord, Norway
2008/09 Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize 2008, State Library, Sydney, Australian touring exhibition
2007 Unwrapped 07, Australia’s Premier Showcase of Emerging Art, United Galleries, Perth, Australia
2007 Projections 07, Federation square, Melbourne, Australia
2007 Projections 07, Saatchi gallery Sydney, Australia
2006 Juvenarte, Galleri Fimbul, Oslo, Norway
2006 On The Edge, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA
2006 Project 30, June Exhibition, New York, USA
2006 Queensland Open Photographer of the Year Awards, Brisbane, Australia
2006 Project 30, May Exhibition, New York, USA
2006 ACMP Trampoline 06 finalist, emerging photo media artist’s exhibition, Saatchi & Saatchi, Sydney, Aus
2006 ScanArt 06, Scandinavian art exhibition, Mary Place Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2005 Allure, Logan Art Gallery, exhibition with William Yang: Selected Photographs, Qld. Australia
2005 Thiess Art Prize finalists, Dell Gallery, South Bank, Brisbane, Australia
2005 Resolution, graduating photography exhibition, QCA White Box Gallery, Brisbane, Aus
2005 ScanArt, Scandinavian art exhibition (Juvenarte), Tap Gallery, Sydney, Aus
2004 Colourbox ‘This way up’ emerging artist’s exhibition, Queensland College of Art, Brisbane, Aus


2016 International Spider Black and White Photography Award, Nominee in Fine Art, LA, USA.
2015 International Color Awards, Honourable Mention Fashion and Nominee in in Fine Art, LA, USA.
2014 International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup, Nominee in Fine Art, Fashion and Abstract, LA, USA.
2013 International Photography Awards, 8 Honourable mentions in fine art, nude, fashion & advertising, LA, USA
2013 Voted number 1 in art photography in Australia in ‘The Annual’, Capture Magazine, Aus
2012 Semi-Finalist Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize, Sydney, Australia
2011 International Color Awards, Photography Masters Cup, Nominee in Fine Art, London, UK.
2010 Finalist, New York Photo Festival, Human Kind Exhibition, The PowerHouse Arena, Brooklyn, New York, USA
2010 Finalist Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize, Sydney, Australia
2008 IPA, 5 Honourable mentions in Professional Categories fine art, fashion & advertising, LA, USA
2008 Finalist Moran Contemporary Photographic Art Prize, Sydney, Australia
2007 International Photography Awards, 3 Honourable mentions in Professional Categories, LA, USA
2007 Cover Art Challenge Award Winner, Queensland Arts Council, Brisbane, Australia
2007 Finalist ACMP Trampoline 07 Projections, Sydney, Australia

2006 International Photography Awards Honourable mention, Fine Art Professional, LA, USA
2006 International Photography Awards, Two Honourable Mentions, People/lifestyle, Prof., LA, USA

2006 Finalist On The Edge The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA
2006 Finalist Project 30 June exhibitions, New York, USA
2006 Finalist ACMP Trampoline 06 Projections, Sydney, Australia
2006 Premiere selection, PHOTO ‘Le
Plus Grand Concours Photo Du Monde’, Paris, France
2006 Finalist Project 30 May exhibitions and June exhibition, New York, USA

2005 Finalist Thiess Art Prize, Dell Gallery, Brisbane, Australia
2005 Capture Magazines
‘Exposed’ competition in March 2005, Australia
2005 The annual F-Stop Imaging Director’s Choice Award, Brisbane, Australia


2016 Laud Magazine, ‘BYESTORM’, Feb Issue, Int. distributed magazine
2016 Black Magazine, BlkonBlk #5, ‘On Battleship Hill’, Int. distributed magazine

2015 Xander Magazine, Byblos Hotel, Body Issue, LA, USA.
2015 Fashion Journal, The Wanderer, April Issue, Melbourne, Australia
2014 Black Magazine, BlkonBlk, ‘Technicolour Dream, New Zealand
2014 Black Magazine, BlkonBlk, ‘Jet Girl, Jet Boy’, New Zealand
2014 Featured work, Fashion Portfolio, Fashion Served, Behance, USA
2014 Fashion Faces Magazine, ‘Lone Wolf’, USA
2013 Featured work, Transience Series, Photography Served, Behance, USA
2013 Tantalum Mag, Editorial ‘Only Woman in The World’ + interview, June print issue, LA, USA.
2013 Photo of the Week, Vignette Magazine, London, UK
2013 UCE Mag, ‘The New beginning’, Armageddon Issue, USA
2012 Vulture Magazine, ‘Transience’, Issue 2, Int. distributed magazine, Singapore
2012 Papercut magazine, ‘Silent Spell’, June Issue, USA

2012 The Photo Paper, Journal of Photography, Color Collection | Professional Edition, Issue 4, London, UK
2012 Australian Photography, artist Profile revisited, March issue, Yaffa Publishing
2011 Carbon Copy, Client Magazine ‘A Star is Born’ + cover, Issue 7, London, UK
2011 Precinct Magazine, cover + editorial, Issue 2 Jan/March, GC, Australia

2011 Artist Profile, Featured work, Fox Meets Foxy, Australia
2010 Fantastics Magazine, ‘Viva BrisVegas’ , December Issue, NY,USA
2009 Academy for Men, Editorial, ‘Adam’, Melbourne, Australia.
2009 Cliché Magazine ‘Love is Treason’, February Issue, LA,USA
2009 Urban Mainstream Magazine, Spotlight Photographer, artist profile, February issue, California, USA
2008 Australian Art Review, feature in United Galleries article, The Rise of the New, p.42-44, issue 16
2008 Stateline ABC TV, Featuring the Art of Unwrapped08, Australia
2008 Utsnitt 08, featured in Awards opening presentation film, Oslo, Norway
2008 Lost at E Minor, fashion section, featuring Just a Moment, Please Series from Tokyo, e-magazine
2008 Name of the Week/Weekend Portrait, weekend magazine, Sandefjords Blad, Norway
2008 Capture, Australia’s Pro Photog. Mag, cover and interview, Doing it in Style, May/June Issue, Yaffa Publishing
2008 Australian Photography, artist Profile, May issue, Yaffa Publishing
2007 A Cultural History of 20th Century fashion: From Catwalk to Sidewalk, Berg Publishers, New York
2007 Ontour Directory 2007, cover and sections artwork, Queensland Arts Council, Australia
2007 LINO issue 16, featured artist, Australia and New Zealand
2007 Clay Mag, Between Places, GC, Australia
2006 Artists' ShowCase, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Colorado, USA
2006 Capture magazine, Shooting Stars, Sydney, Aus
2006 French PHOTO, Paris, France
2005 Capture Magazine, Sydney, Australia