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Luca Sage is a portrait, editorial and advertising photographer based in the UK, working internationally with both commercial clients and high end magazines.

His portraiture has won various international awards and been selected on four separate occasions for the National Portrait Gallery’s prestigious ‘Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize’. Luca has worked extensively in West Africa, often with his favoured 5×4 large format film camera. Initially wanting to be a professional footballer, Luca realised his future lay elsewhere when Chelsea F.C. let him go at the age of 16 but his love and passion for sport still remains strong.

He holds two degrees; a 1st class honours in Photography from Brighton University and a BSc. in Social Anthropology from the University of Wales, Swansea. Whilst still studying at University he was selected for the Schweppes Portrait Prize and was runner up in both the FujiFilm Student Awards and the Spectrum Student Awards. Since then Luca has gone on to shoot for various editorial magazines and advertising clients including Hackett, Honda, Sony and Vodafone.

Luca’s personal series are predominantly shot on an Ebony large format camera, which suits his ‘slow’ style of documentary portraiture. His portraits are often a contemplative observation, in opposition to the mass media representations of the developing World. Luca’s Social Anthropological background is integral to his subsequent photographic practice.

  • Finalist, New York Photo Awards, 2012
  • Hon. Mention, Foto8 Summershow, 2012
  • NYPH’12
  • Renaissance Prize, 2012
  • SlideLuck PotShow IV, 2012
  • American Photography 28, 2012
  • ONWARD ’12, judged by Todd Hido, 2012
  • Best in Show, Foto8 Summershow, 2011
  • Winner, KL Photo Awards, 2011
  • Winner, LPA Portraiture Awards, 2011
  • Winner, ‘Four Four Two’ World Photo Awards, 2011
  • New York Photo Awards, 2011
  • International Photography Competition, 2011
  • Salon Photography Prize, 2011
  • ONWARD ’11, 2011
  • AOP Open x 2 prints, 2011
  • 2nd place, DC Fotoweek International Awards, 2010
  • Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, 2010
  • Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, 2008
  • National Portrait Gallery, Photographic Portrait Prize, 2007
  • Nominated Nagoya University of Arts Student Award 2004
  • Runner Up, Fujifilm ‘Student Photographer of the Year’, 2004
  • Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize, 2003


BBC, BNP Paribas, British Library, Brussels Airlines, Chelsea F.C., Hackett, Honda, Lexus, McCann London, Michelin, Mini, Monocle, Sony, TBWA, Guardian on Saturday Magazine, Sunday Times Magazine, Telegraph Magazine, The Brooklyn Brothers, The Photographers Gallery,  UNICEF, Vodafone, Warner Bros, Water Aid, Winkreative, YouTube