David Maurice Smith is a Canadian photographer/director currently based in Sydney, Australia. His work is informed by a previous career in social services in which he supported communities and individuals in crisis.

In 2016 David was awarded a grant from the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting for his work chronicling a suicide epidemic in the remote Canadian First Nations community of Attawapiskat, Ontario. His images have been recognized in the International Photography Awards, The American Photography Awards, The Amnesty International Media Awards and in 2016 he was awarded a Walkley Award for his photographic coverage of the European Refugee Crisis.

His work has been shown at PHOTOVILLE, The Dehli Photo Festival, Visa Pour l'Image-Perpignan International Festival of Photojournalism, Cortona On the Move, Angkor Photo Festival, Contact Photography Festival, PhotoIreland, PhotoJourn Festival and the Obscura Festival of Photography.

David has been a member of the Oculi Collective since 2012.


Partial Editorial Client List:

TIME, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, The Guardian, GEO, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Le Monde, Monocle, La Repubblica, SAVEUR, Nature, SBS Australia, The Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald. 



2019 Finalist: Australian Life Photographic Prize 

2018 Official Selection - Cortona On the Move Festival: Arena Video and Beyond - People of the Parting Rocks (Cortona, Italy)

2016 Recipient: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grant

2016 Winner: Walkley Awards for Excellence in Journalism: Feature/Photographic Essay: The Walkley Foundation

2016 Finalist: Amnesty International Media Awards: Photo Feature Category

2016 Finalist: Australian Freelance Journalist of the Year: The Walkley Foundation

2015 Finalist: Australian Life Photographic Prize 

2014 Official Selection - Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (Canada)

2014 Official Selection - Docudays International Human Rights Film Festival (Kyiv, Ukraine)

2014 Finalist - Head On Festival Multimedia Prize (Sydney, Australia)

2013 Finalist - Anthrophographia Award for Human Rights Story Telling: Multimedia category

2013 Official Selection - American Photography Motion Arts Awards

2013 Honorable Mention - International Photography Awards: Moving Images category

2013 Winner - $10,000 POOL Photographic Grant 

2013 Winner - Australian Emerging Documentary Photographer of the year

2013 Finalist - Head On Portrait Prize (Sydney, Australia)

2013 Winner - People’s Choice award, Walkley Foundation for Journalism Multimedia Category (Australia)

2012 Selected to join the Oculi Photographic Collective

2012 Runner-Up - Sun Studios Emerging Photographer Contest (Australia)

2012 Finalist - Planet Magazine Photography Contest: Portrait Category

2012 Honorable Mention - Planet Magazine Photography Contest: Travel Category

2011 Winner - LIFE Magazine Grant, Eddie Adams Workshop, NYC

2011 Semi-Finalist - Moran Photographic Prize (Australia)

2010 Semi-Finalist - Moran Photographic Prize (Australia)

2008 Finalist - Out of Bounds Photographic Prize, Whistler, Canada