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Born and raised in Lake Stevens, Washington along the Northern Cascade Mountains, he grew a profound appreciation for the natural world at a young age. He spent his childhood traveling and exploring the Pacific Northwest with his family as his love for mother nature grew.

In 2002 he began attending Northern Idaho College where he took his first photography class. It was at this time he meet two photography professors, Tim Christie and Phil Corlis, who forever changed his life. At the age of 19 and with the encouragement of his instructors, he realized his life passion, to capture the natural world using his unique eye for light and composition.

After college he moved to Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii where he met his best friend, fellow photographer, and future co-owner of the Lava Light Gallery, CJ Kale.

Nick Selway, deemed a "daredevil photographer" by his contemporaries, was one of the first people in history to photograph lava entering the ocean from the surf. To do this, Nick risked his life entering the near scalding surf and avoiding lava bombs feet from the lava's entry point into the ocean to capture some of the most unique photographs ever taken.

Nick's photography has been featured in National Geographic, CBS, New York Daily News, ABC News, UK Daily Mail, Photography Monthly, Surfer Magazine and many other articles worldwide. Nick has also won numerous awards including Grand Prize 2009 Outdoor Photographer Magazine World Wonders Contest, 2011 Power in Nature, Natures Best Magazine, Smithsonian Exhibition, Earth Shots shot of the Day, Cover of Natures Best Magazine 2011 and many other accolades throughout his photographic career.

To meet Nick simply stop by the gallery! He loves meeting his customers face to face and will gladly share with you his passion for photography and Hawaii.


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