Matthew Abbott is a documentary photographer exploring the effect of external influences on communities, and their relationship with the land that defines them. Abbotts photographs have been exhibited extensively internationally and throughout Australia, including the Centre of Contemporary Photography, Perth Centre of Contemporary Photography, MAMA Gallery – and are held in numerous public and private collections including the National Library of Australia. Abbotts portraits have been selected for The National Portrait Prize in 2012, 2015 and 2016. In 2011 he completed a Masters of Studio Arts at Sydney College of the Arts. In 2013 His project ‘On country in Arnhem Land’ Australia won the Sydney Morning Herald Documentary Photographer Award. In 2016 Abbott won the judges commendation award at both the CLIPP landscape prize and IRIS portrait prize at the PCP. His editorial clients include The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Der Spiegel, Abbott also works regularly for global and national NGO's and non-profit organisations. Abbott is now focusing on long term personal art projects specialising in environmental portraiture, as he continues his series ‘The Land Where the Crow Flies Backwards’ documenting the impact of global warming and the decline of communities along the Murray Darling basin in Central-Eastern Australia. His latest project “When They Sing of Australia They Never Mention the Flies” following Australia’s Highway 1, is due to be completed in 2017. In August 2016, Abbott joined the Oculi collective, Australia’s leading cooperative of photographic artist. Instagram @mattabbottphoto email - email@example.com Matthew Abbott is a photojournalsit based in Sydney, Australia.