b.1996 James Bugg is a documentary photographer based in Melbourne, Australia. Bugg is interested in visual storytelling revolving around the ideas of people, place and circumstance. Having completed a Bachelor of Photography at Photography Studies College Melbourne in 2017, Bugg has gone on to win The Moran Contemporary Photography Prize, becoming the youngest recipient in the prizes history, and be featured in publications such as The Guardian, Paper Journal, Capture Magazine and AINT-BAD.

Currently available for photo and video based assignments/commissions.  



2019 - Selected attendee, Charcoal Book Club Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review and Publishing Prize, Montana USA.

2018 - People’s Choice Award, Australian Photobook of the Year Award, The Pines.

2018 - Winner, Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize.

2018 - Winner, Graduate Award for Excellence in the Documentary Major Bachelor of Photography (PSC Melbourne)

2018 - Finalist, CLIP Award, Perth Centre for Photography.

2018  - CommendedAustralian Photobook of the Year Award, The Pines.

2018 - Nominated, MACK First Book Award, The Pines.

2017 - Winner, CCP Salon, Kayell Australia Best Portrait Award.

2017 - Commended, Exposure Photography Competition.

2017 - AIPP National Awards, Silver Medal, Landscape category. 

2017 - AIPP Victorian Awards, Silver Medal, Portrait Open Category.  


2018 - Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize, Juniper Hall, Sydney (AUS)

2018 - CLIP Award Exhinition, Perth Centre for Photography, Perth (AUS)

2017 - This Must Be The Place - PSC Grad Show, No Vacancy Galley, Melbourne (AUS)

2017 - HOLY MOLY an exhibition, Fifty-Five Bar & Gallery Melbourne. (AUS)

2016 - IPF Photo Prize, The Good Copy, Collingwood (AUS) 

2016 - PSC Second Year Photobook Show, Magic Johnston Gallery, Collingwood (AUS)

2016 - Obscura Festival Projection Night, Hin Bus Depot, Georgetown Penang (Malaysia) 

2015 - Top Arts - Start Up, Ian Potter Centre NGV (AUS) 


2018 -  The Pines, Added to the collection of The National Library of Australia, Canberra (AUS)


2018 - Project Manager/Content Producer, Tsuka Exhibition, CCP Melbourne (Forthcoming)

2016 - Gallery Space Volunteer, Obscura Festival, Georgetown Penang, Malaysia


2017 - Bachelor of Photography, Photography Studies College, Melbourne.


2019 - Charcoal Book Club, Chico Hot Springs Portfolio Review, Montana (USA)

2018 - Photobook workshop with Bryan Schutmaat, Melbourne (AUS)

2018 - Photobook workshop with Martin Parr, Melbourne (AUS)

2016 - Obscura Festival workshop with Sarker Protick, (Malaysia)


The Guardian Australia

Capture Magazine

The Pines on AINT-BAD

The Pines commendation in Australian Photobook of The Year Awards

The Pines on Paper Journal Mag

Tsuka Project - An exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Photography