Steven Laxton is the 2012 Arnold Newman Prize recipient. known for his evocative photo essays and portraits.

Born in rural Australia, he moved to the city of Adelaide, and started shooting for local magazines and clients while he was still a teenager.

In 2008, Steven was named one of the15 Rising Stars of International photography by American Photo Magazine.

In 2009 Communication Arts recognized him as a "Fresh" artist, and his series on Holocaust survivors is featured in the book and project "Afterwards: Contemporary Photography Confronting the Past" curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer of the Musee de l’Elysee.

In 2012 he was awarded in the POYi (Picture of the Year International) Feature Story category for his project Circo El Salvador, featuring images of nomadic circus families in El Salvador. This series is also included in the prestigious PDN photo Annual for 2012.

Steven’s images were included in the American Photography 29 collection for 2013.

In 2013 a film he directed in Australia, has won several Art Directors awards including best direction and casting, the same film also won a Deadly award at a gala at the Sydney Opera House. 

Laxton's work appears in magazines and advertising campaigns internationally. 

Steven currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.