He is currently a staff photographer for Surfer magazine. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including Surfline.com and Water magazine.
Burkard has been recognized as the first annual Follow the Light award winner, and named 2010 Red Bull Illume Image quest overall, and Illumination winner. He and friend/coauthor Eric Soderquist, created the book The California Surf Project (Chronicle Books, 2009). He continues to travel the world seeking the most remote, rugged, and untouched destinations out there.