Christophe Launay

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“The setting, composition and content must work together to present something extraordinary. It sounds simple, but to achieve this you need an open mind, open eyes, great respect for your subject, a high level of fitness, dedication, intuition and luck. My job is to bring my passion and experience to capture the image you want.”

Now based in France, Launay was born in New Caledonia in the Pacific and grew up on the French island of Réunion. He trained in photography in Los Angeles and furthered his artistic experience in Paris where he worked with the influential modern art photographer-videographer, Mondino for 5 years at the critically acclaimed design agency, Janvier.

For twelve years, Launay resided in Australia where he split his time between freelance work as a photographer and racing on high-tech performance yachts – a combination that has equipped him well to take pictures in even the most challenging conditions – from a chase boat, helicopter or onboard. As a yachtsman, Launay has sailed thousands of miles – during classic boat regattas in the Mediterranean and transoceanic voyages by Superyacht to famous races such as the ill-fated ‘Sydney-Hobart’ in 1998.

Aside from yachting publications, Christophe frequently contributes images to the national and international press and has worked on several advertising campaigns for well-known global brands such as Rolex, Amstel and JP Morgan Assett Management. His photograph of a 49er racing towards the Sydney Opera House was selected as the official image to promote the 2000 Olympic Games, while his dedication to capturing the adrenalin and action of offshore racing, has led to several celebrated exhibitions in Sydney.

Christophe Launay is currently represented by the following agencies, which distribute his images to magazines and advertising agencies, locally and worldwide. DPPI Omni sport (Paris, France); KOS (London, UK), Aurora (New York, USA), Sealens (Kiel, Germany).

Christophe Launay is available for commissions on a daily rate. For quotes and bookings, please contact

words Lia Ditton