Photographer: Chris Odom - Yacht Racing Image

Chris Odom


United States




Chris Odom discovered photography at the tender age of twelve during his first overnight backpacking trip in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range of New Mexico and knew that a life of photography was for him.

Since that revelation he studied Anthropology and Spanish at Florida State University, did anthropological field research in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, guided river rafting trips on the southeast’s most challenging rivers, led surfing and nature excursions in Costa Rica and Panama, taught teenagers how to sail in the Florida Keys and the British and US Virgin Islands, cruised the Bahamas on a 36 foot sailboat, captained an 86 foot yacht, ran a community sailing program south of Boston, survived a helicopter crash while on assignment, and managed to keep a camera at his side the entire time.

His work has appeared in numerous publications such as Financial Time’s How To Spend It, ESPN the Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Sail, Sailing, Sailing World, and The New York Times. His client list includes Rolex USA, Sperry Top-Sider, and Capital One. Odom served as the US Paralympic sailing team photographer at the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens, Greece and in 2013 Odom was selected as one of ASMP’s Best of 2013 for his project Quantum Key West Race Week Live. You can read about the project and interview at

Outside of photography, Chris is an avid waterman, into BMW motorcycles and a fan of indie music.