Nenad Saljic, born 1961 in Croatia, is a photographic artist. After obtaining a PhD in Economics and spending 18 years in the world of business, he decided to dedicate himself to his art projects.

Trained as a mountaineer and caver in his youth, Saljic is inspired by his love of nature’s most ancient textures, forms and shapes. His black-and-white photography is a testament to his ability to capture nature’s essence, whether it’s award-winning portraits of the Matterhorn, or the awe-inspiring depths of the Dalmatian caves, revealing earth’s geological history.

His current projects include three artist books: Matterhorn: Portrait of a Mountain, Petrified, which will showcase his explorations of the Dalmatian caves, and Birth of a Ship, a photographic journal recording the reproduction of a traditional wooden boat.

His work has received numerous major awards, it is exhibited internationally and is also included in various international collections. The Matterhorn project brought him the 2012 and 2010 National Geographic Award and he was named Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year at the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards, among others. Recognised for his aesthetic, Saljic’s Matterhorn photograph was the choice of Louis Vuitton Men’s Fall/Winter 2013/14 Collection.

Saljic currently lives and works in Split, Croatia.


  • Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
  • Foto8 Gallery, London
  • Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester-Boston, USA
  • The Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, USA
  • Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Private collections: USA, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong, UK, Croatia


  • NENAD ŠALJIĆ.MATTERHORN: Portrait of a Myth \ Der Mythos im Porträt, GALERIE RIGASSI, Bern, Switzerland, June 25 – August 8, 2015
  • NENAD ŠALJIĆ.MATTERHORN: Portrait of a Myth \ Der Mythos im Porträt, CERVO, Zermatt, Switzerland, July 10 – October 10, 2015
  • Sieben Künstler – ein Berg \ Seven Artists – One Mountain, KUNSTRÄUME Zermatt, Switzerland, July 10 – November 30, 2015
  • 2015 International Juried Exhibition, Center for Photographic Art, Carmel, CA, USA, January 10 – February 28, 2015
  • 36th Zagreb Salon – International Exhibition of Photography, Mimara Museum, Zagreb, Croatia, November 11-29, 2014
  • 2014 New York Photo Festival – The PhotoWorld Exhibition, The POWERHOUSE Arena, New York City, September 26 – November 10, 2014
  • 2014 Aperture Foundation Summer Open, New York City, July 17 – August 14, 2014
  • Sony World Photography Awards 2013, European Month of Photography, House of Art, Bratislava, Slovakia, November 5 – December 1, 2013
  • PHOTODAYS@MUO, Museum of Arts and Crafts, Zagreb, Croatia, September 3 – 29, 2013
  • Nenad Saljic, Solo Exhibition, Photo Gallery Split, Croatia, June 27 – July 15, 2013.
  • 2013 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition, Somerset House, London, April 26 – May 12, 2013.
  • Nenad Saljic, Solo Exhibition, Saxony Australia: The Galeries (Sydney), World Square (Sydney), Chatswood Chase (Chatswood), Doncaster, Chadstone, QV (Melbourne), February – May, 2013
  • Sylvia White Gallery – 2013 Collector’s Choice, Ventura, CA, USA, January 2 – February 2, 2013
  • The Grand Prix de la Découverte, NoFound Photo Fair – in conjunction with Paris Photo and Paris Mois de la Photo, Paris, November 16–19, 2012
  • 34th Zagreb Salon – International Exhibition of Photography, Mimara Museum, Zagreb, Croatia, November 6-24, 2012
  • The Art of Photography Show 2012, San Diego Art Institute, USA, September 29 – November 11, 2012
  • Sky and Sea, The Natural Wine Company, New York, February–May, 2012
  • Secrets and Mysteries, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct., Vermont, USA, July 5 – 29, 2012
  • Foto8 Summershow 2012, Foto8 Gallery, London, July 6 – August 18, 2012
  • Houston Center for Photography, 30th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, USA, July 13 – Aug 26, 2012
  • Griffin Museum of Photography, 18th Juried Exhibition, Winchester-Boston, USA, July 19 – Sept 2, 2012
  • Worldwide Photography Biennial Exhibition, The Borges Cultural Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012
  • pdn + PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo, World in Focus Gallery, New York, 2011
  • AOP – Association of Photographers Open Exhibition, The Dray Walk Gallery, London, 2011

AWARDS (Selection)

  • PDN Photo Annual, New York, 2015: Winner
  • Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), 2014: Gold Award Winner
  • Sony World Photography Awards, London, 2013: Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year
  • IPA/Lucie Awards, Los Angeles, USA, 2013: First Prize Winner – Book “Birth of a Ship”: Fine Art Professional Category and Self Published Professional Category
  • PDN Photo Annual, New York, 2013: Winner – Personal Category
  • Photodays Rovinj, Croatia, 2013: First Prize Winner – Publications Category – Photobook “Birth of a Ship”
  • 2012 National Geographic Photo Contest: First Prize Winner – Places Category
  • Houston Center for Photography: 2013 Fellowships, Houston, USA, 2012: Fellowship Honorable Mention Recipient (Juror W.M. Hunt)
  • World in Focus, PDN Magazine, New York, 2012: Grand Prize Winner
  • 30th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition, Houston Center for Photography, USA, 2012: Juror’s Commendation / Beth Block Foundation Award (Juror Anne Tucker)
  • New York Photo Festival, 2012: Invitational Winner for forthcoming Photobook “Birth of a Ship”
  • B&W Magazine Portfolio Contest, USA, 2011: Spotlight Award
  • 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest: Honorable Mention Winner – Nature Category