Portrait photo of Nick Pedersen, a VAST artist creating very high resolution fine art photos about environmental themes.

Nick Pedersen

Salt Lake City, Utah

Nick Pedersen is an award-winning photographer and digital artist based in Salt Lake City, UT. He holds a BFA degree in Photography, as well as an MFA degree in Digital Imaging from Pratt Institute in New York, where he graduated with distinction. As an Adobe Certified Expert, he is highly specialized in complex photomontage and illustration techniques, creating new worlds from his photographs. Many of his images have been recognized with awards from Digital Arts California, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, and recently he accepted the prestigious Guru Award at the Photoshop World Conference.

His digital artwork is primarily influenced by nature and environmentalism. Through his work, his main goal is to create elaborate, photorealistic images that carry a message of conservation and sustainability. He hopes to give viewers a space of contemplation by depicting beautifully idealized scenes of the natural world. He has traveled around the globe to photograph in a variety of countries including Central America, Southeast Asia, Western Africa, Europe, and across the US. Originally from Utah, he is now focusing on a wide-ranging series of projects envisioning the American West.

Nick has shown his artwork in galleries across the country and internationally, recently including the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Paradigm Gallery, and Arch Enemy Arts, as well as at events like Art Basel Miami and Rock the Vote. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as Vogue Magazine, Photoshop Creative, After Capture, Juxtapoz, Hi-Fructose, and the Huffington Post. In the past few years he also has completed Artist Residencies at the Banff Center in Canada, the Gullkistan Creative Residency in Iceland, and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art to work on his environmental projects. See more of his work at:

VAST photographer Nick Pedersen of the VAST artist collective


2022: AIGA 100 Show - Ingot Winner

2021: Mozaik Philanthropy - Future Art Award Grant

2021: Luerzer’s Archive - 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide

2020: Fine Art Photo Awards - First Place, Photomanipulation

2019: International Photography Awards - Third Place, Collage

2019: American Institute of Graphic Arts - 100 Show Finalist

2018: Pangea Seed - ARTivism Finalist

2017: Photoshop Guru Awards - Best of Show

2013: Digital Arts California - Stellar Art Award

2011: Adobe Design Achievement Awards - Photography Finalist

2011: Empty Kingdom - Top 100 Artists of 2011

2011: Pratt Institute - Outstanding Achievement in Academic Excellence

Solo Exhibitions

2021: “Slow Apocalypse”, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art - Salt Lake City, UT

2018: “Floating World”, Urban Arts Gallery - Salt Lake City, UT

2015: “Ultima - Book Release”, Copper Palate Press - Salt Lake City, UT

2013: “Sumeru”, The University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, PA

2012: “Pangea Ultima”, The Slingluff Gallery - Philadelphia, PA

2011: “Sumeru - MFA Thesis”, Pratt Institute - Brooklyn, NY

2010: “The Reclamation”, The Slingluff Gallery - Philadelphia, PA


2020: “Best 200 Digital Artists Worldwide”, Luerzer’s Archive

2019: “Issue XV”, Create! Magazine

2019: “End of the World”, Urbane Magazine

2018: “How to Buy Art for Any Space in Your Home”, Vogue Magazine

2018: “Issue XI”, Create! Magazine

2017: “What Lies Beneath” Cover, Photoshop User Magazine

2016: “Floating World”, Digiphoto Pro Magazine

2016: “Trending Feature”, Photoshop Creative Magazine

2015: “Sumeru”, Lightbox Magazine

2014: “Migration”, Saguru Magazine

2013: “The Power Issue”, Apiary Magazine

2012: “Post-Apocalyptic Battlegrounds”, Hi-Fructose Magazine

2012: “The Work of Nick Pedersen”, Juxtapoz Magazine

2012: “Ultima”, Obvious Magazine

2011: “Future Perfect”, Beautiful Decay Magazine

2011: “The Truth Seeker”, After Capture Magazine


2019: “The Future of Our Planet”, Create! Magazine Interview

2019: “Creativity for All”, Adobe - Commercial Feature

2018: “Artist Feature”, Philadelphia Commerce Square Media Wall

2016: “Articulate”, Interview with Jim Cotter – WHYY

2016: “Adobe Creative Jam - Philadelphia”, Live Design Event

2016: “Artist Spotlight”, Buzzworthy Feature

2016: “Floating World” Konbini Feature

2015: “Ultima Series”, Visual News Interview

2015: “Sumeru Process”, Adobe Inspiration Feature

2014: “Questioning Creativity”, 144D Interview

2012: “Post-Apocalyptic Worlds”, Visual News Feature

2012: “Sumeru Series”, Sweeping Zen Interview

2012: “Climbing Mt Sumeru”, Original Mind - Book Review

2012: “Sumeru Series”, Empty Kingdom Interview

2011: “Path to Enlightenment”, My Modern Metropolis Interview

2011: “Zen Master”, Empty Kingdom Feature