Derek was born into a farming family near Putaruru in 1974. While studying veterinary science at Massey University, he discovered his two passions: photography and surfing. He began supplying images for New Zealand Surfing magazine and eventually took over the editorship.
After a stint working in Sydney, in 2008, he moved to Dunedin to raise his young family and to start his company Adventure Media Group Ltd. He continues to contribute to a range of leading magazines as well as his surf, lifestyle, and culture photo blog, Box of Light. He is married to Rachael and they have three children, Taya, Rewa and Keo.
Derek Morrison at DWRF 2021:
Gala Showcase – What Does the Future Hold?
Rivers, Riptides & Roads