–  Documenting in Style  –
Photography sucker-punched me, reminding me of the first time I rode a surfboard across a wave.
My initial love of photography stems from a passion for surfing that began when I was 12. A self-taught photographer, I have now spent the better part of a decade documenting athletes doing what they love in and around the world’s premiere surfing locations. Always learning, testing the boundaries and developing my craft, this journey is well worth the gas bill.
Jim Culley is a teacher and photographer in the stunning Horowhenua, New Zealand. He is available to travel worldwide.
The Surfers Journal
White Horses Magazine
New Zealand Surfing Magazine
Aladdin Surf Magazine
Smorgasboarder Magazine
Slide Magazine
New Zealand Snowboarding Magazine
18 Seconds Magazine
Adventure Magazine
Kiwisurf Magazine

 “Jim has vaulted through the stages to become a well-published NZ photographer with a CV full of magazine spreads. His rise through the ranks has been impressively meteoric, reflective of his passion and drive”  Craig Levers (CPL)

“Jim brings enthusiasm and dedication to his photography-he excels in capturing the lifestyle and feel of any photo shoot whilst nabbing the highlights of the action as well. His work both in and out of the water is amongst some of the best in NZSteve Dickinson – Pacific Media Ltd – KSM – NZ Surfing Magazine – Adventure Magazine


Jim was the first New Zealand photographer to make the finals of the prestigious ‘Follow the Light’ international surf photography awards in 2013