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Mukul Soman

I am a Kirkland based Wildlife/Nature Photographer and CGI Lighting Artist.

I strive to blend together elements of documentary and fine art photography to bring compelling and evocative images to life. A delicate sensitivity towards the emotions of light and a great love for the wilderness and all creatures that inhabit those places are the foundations of my journey in photography. While not out in the wilderness, I venture into the virtual worlds to create and light epic vistas and landscapes in the video game industry. With whatever time I have left, I build awareness about conservation and give talks about my photography work at various events locally to inspire change and foster conservation of wildlife.

I am always willing to share the knowledge that I have gained over many years of diving into photography, lighting and post processing workflows to any one interested. I have taught workshops at the Kirkland Arts Center and have given lectures at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco and University of Washington, Seattle. I am also a member of the University of Washington Continuum College Advisory board for their photography program. I am available for personal one-on-one mentorships.

Current Projects :

On the photography front, I am currently working on a book about the wildlife of Juanita Bay Park, Kirkland. This book is aimed to showcase the rich diversity of the animal life in the bay, which I hope will inspire the residents of this area to care for the local environment and its wildlife with utmost dedication.

On the digital art front, I am the Lead Lighting Artist at Amazon Game Studios, Seattle, where I lead and art direct my team of artists, to set the mood and tone for video game environments using my eye for photography, lighting and atmospherics, while also working with the technical art team to develop new lighting technology for the studio. We are currently working on “The Grand Tour Game”, an episodic car racing game based on the hit Prime Original series, “The Grand Tour”.



Awards & Accolades

Winner - Capture One Pro Photo Contest 2019
Winner - Photographic Society of America “Best of Show” 2019
Winner - Cotton Carrier Photo Contest 2019
Honorable Mention - Photographic Center Northwest 22nd Juried Exhibition 2019
Winner - Washington Trails Association Photo contest 2014, wildlife category
Won photo of the month twice at Epson Fotoflock
Shortlisted for Photo of the Year 2010, at Epson Fotoflock

Advisory Board Member - University of Washington Continuum College Photography Program
Published by National Geographic Society’s “Your Shot” segment
Published in The Huffington Post
Published in The Daily Mirror International
Published in "The Hindu" Daily, India
Published in Better Photography Magazine
Published in Snap Pixel magazine as photographer of the month, January 2010

Video Game Titles

The Grand Tour Game - Amazon Game Studios
Halo 4 - 343 Industries
Halo 5 - 343 Industries
Halo Forge - 343 Industries
Forza Motorsport 5 - Turn 10 Studios
Shadow of War - Monolith Productions