Narelle Autio grew up in Adelaide and graduated from the University of South Australia with a visual arts degree. Now based in Sydney, Narelle is a staff photographer at the Sydney Morning Herald. Previously she worked at the Adelaide Advertiser. She was the principal photographer for News Limited’s London bureau and freelanced in the USA.
In 2000, Narelle and Trent Parke published the book “The Seventh Wave,” which documented Australian beach culture below the waves. An exhibition of their work was also held that year at the Stills Gallery, Sydney. Narelle was also selected to exhibit her work in the Art at Work Project as part of the Sydney International Airport Enhancement Program and in the Leica/ccp documentary touring exhibition.
She won the Australian Walkley Journalism Award for feature photography in 2000, and in 2001 was selected by the Australian Art Collector Magazine as one of the 50 most collectable Australian artists.