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Top 5 Urban Exploration Photographers in Australia 2020

The urbex community is on the rise, worldwide, and nationally within Australia. Whilst it’s hard to calculate how big the community actually is, I wanted to start by shining light on some of Australia’s top urbex abandoned building photographers.

These lads and lassies have been undertaking the same work as I have over many, many years, and they deserve recognition. Following urban exploration as a passion and breaking barriers to photograph abandoned buildings is not an easy hobby to upkeep. As a group, we have collectively photographed some of the most dangerous and beautiful forgotten buildings in Australia and worldwide. Well done and keep up the great work.

Check out these great photographers and their websites below and if you are a beginner starting out in urban exploration photography, feel free to reach out to me for tips.

In no particular order of greatness (because you’re all equally as great as each other), here we go!

Enjoy 😊

Abandoned World Photography

Scott Mc Carten, Autopsy of Adelaide



Instagram Bio: Abandoned Adelaide, SA and beyond plus other passion projects. Hashtags are for psychopaths, sociopaths and the deeply insecure.

Scott McCarten is the Adelaide-based photographer behind Autopsy of Adelaide. His work focuses primarily on Adelaide and South Australia. Scott has photographed abandoned churches, theatres, tunnels, a Channel 9 Studio, a timber mill, and a WW2 Radar Station, amongst many others.

Shane Thoms, Violent Crumble



Instagram Bio: My books Haikyo: The Modern Ruins of Japan and Abandoned Australia available here:

Shane Thoms is an Australian photographer and photojournalist who studied at Monash University in Melbourne. He has explored and photographed the town of Prypiat, Chernobyl, many beautiful ruins of Japan which can be seen in his book: Haikyo: The Modern Ruins of Japan. And of course, he has covered lots of abandoned spaces in Australia.

Brett Patman, Lost Collective



Instagram Bio: Nature always finds a way 🌿

Brett Patman has photographed some amazing buildings such as Australian power stations, mental asylums, farmhouses, Japanese power plants and copper mines, and hotels. He has hopes to expand his urbex collection to include Brazil, Mexico, the post-Soviet states, the US, Europe.

Tim Frawley, Taken by Tim



Instagram Bio: Sydney based travel and lifestyle photographer. Lover of the outdoors and adventures.

Tim Frawley is a Sydney-based travel and lifestyle photographer. He has explored abandoned locations in Australia, Germany, Asia and Chernobyl. Some of the great photos he has published include abandoned orphanages, gasworks, a hospital where Hitler was once treated in, amusement parks, and quarries.

Abandoned Australia



Instagram Bio: Photos of anything old and abandoned from around Australia. Plus some historical places #abandonedaustralia.

The photographer of Abandoned Australia is also Sydney-based and has a large portfolio of abandoned building photography including Australia, Chernobyl, Beelitz and Spreepark. Popular posts on Abandoned Australia’s website include Mittagong Maltings, a high school, nursing home, cement factory, power station and a Dunlop Slazenger Factory.

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