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Photographer Mads Nissen (1979)
Based in Copenhagen, Denmark
Member of Panos Pictures
Represented by Prospekt in Italy and LAIF in Germany

Bio:
2014- :            Staff photographer at the Danish national newspaper Politiken
2014:              Jury member of Årets Bild – Swedish Press Photo of the Year
2013+16:       Teaching – Masterclass in storytelling in Saint Petersburg, Russia w. DMJX / Nordic Council
2013:              Jury member of Årets Pressefoto – Danish Press Photo of the Year
2011:              Teaching – Masterclass in storytelling in Kathmandu, Nepal w. DMJX
2010- :            Guest teacher at Fatamorgana – Danish School of Art Photography
2009-2014:   Staff photographer at the Danish national newspaper Berlingske
2009:              Participant at the 16th World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass
2009- :            Guest teacher at The Danish School of Media and Journalism, Photojournalism
2007-09:         Based in Shanghai, China covering the social, economical and political development
2008:              Participant at the first Nordic Masterclass for young talents
2007:              Graduated with distinction from The Danish School of Media and Journalism, Photojournalism
2006:              Began personal long term project ‘AMAZONAS’ (book published in 2013)
2006:              Participated in the World Press Photo/ ASEF seminar for young photographers in Manila, The Philippines
2001:              Finished the three-year education ‘Den Frie Ungdomsuddannelse’
2000-01:         Worked on personal photographic projects in South America and Ghana
1998-99:         Studied spanish and did voluntary work in Venezuela
1979:              Born in Hobro, Denmark

Awards (selection):
2015:               World Press Photo, Picture of the Year
2015:               World Press Photo, Contemporary Issues, Single, First Prize
2015:               POY: Feature Story, Third Prize
2015:               Best of Photojournalism, Photographer of the Year (large markets), Third Prize
2015:               Best of Photojournalism, Int. News Picture Story, First Prize
2015:               Best of Photojournalism, Int. News, Second Prize
2015:               Best of Photojournalism, Portrait and Personality, First Prize
2015:               Best of Photojournalism, Contemporary Issues Story, HM
2014:               LUMIX, Freelens Award, HM
2014:               POY: Issue Reporting Picture Story, Third Prize
2014:               PDN 2014, Documentary/ photojournalism
2014:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign News Picture story, First Prize
2012:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Photographer of the Year
2012:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Picture of the Year, First Prize
2012:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Portrait, First Prize
2012:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign News Picture story, First Prize
2012:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign Picture Story, First Prize
2012:               POY: Best news picture story, Second Prize
2012:               The PGB Photo Award, General News Picture of the Year, First Prize
2012:               The PGB Photo Award, Portrait Picture of The Year, First Prize
2011:               World Press Photo, Daily Life Picture Story, Third Prize
2011:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Multimedia, First Prize
2010:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Photographer of the Year
2010:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign Picture Story, First Prize
2010:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign News Picture story, First Prize
2010:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, News Picture of the Year, First Prize
2010:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Foreign Picture Story, First Prize
2010:               POY: Photographer of the Year, Second Prize
2010:               POY: Issue Reporting Picture Story, Third Prize
2010:               Best of Photojournalism, Environmental Picture Story, Second Prize
2007:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Picture of the Year
2007:               Danish Press Photo of the Year, Best Feature Picture Story, Second Prize
2007:               POY: Issue Reporting Picture Story, Award Of Excellence
2007:               Winner of the Scanpix-award; Best bachelor project at the Danish School of Journalism

Exhibitions (selection):
2015:                Arbejdermuseet, Copenhagen, Denmark
2014:                Freelens Gallery, AMAZONAS, Hamburg, Germany
2014:                Freelens Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
2014:               The Rencontre d’Arles, France
2014:                Phototek, Esbjerg, Denmark
2013:                Festival dela Fotografia Etica, Lodi, Italy
2012:                NORDOX, Shanghai, China
2012:                Ashes and Gold, Museum Schloss Moyland, Germany
2012,13,14:     Visa pour l’image, Perpignan, France
2010,11,12,13,14: Personal Projects, Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark
2009:                Noorderlicht Photography Festival, The Netherlands
2009:                Chobi Mela V, Dhaka, Bangladesh
2008,10,12,14: Lumix Photo Festival, Hannover, Germany

Books:
AMAZONAS                       -Gyldendal, 2013, ISBN: 978-87-02-13610-4 (DK) 978-87-00-79096-4 (UK)
De Faldne (The Fallen)    -Berlingske Media Forlag/ People’s Press, 2010, ISBN: 9788799410101

Grants:
Grosserer L.F. Foghts Fond, Konsul George Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorck’s Fond, Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography, Palle Fogtdal Fonden, Timbuktu-legatet

Clients (selection):
Time Magazine, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Stern, Geo, Sunday Times Magazine, Guardian, CNN, D-magazine (Italy), l’Espresso magazine,  Foto8, 6-Mois, Politiken, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), Human Rights Watch

Selection of interviews with Mads Nissen:
DR2 Clement Direkte (Danish live show – no subtitles)
Panos Social on the making of AMAZONAS
DR P1. Radio interview on AMAZONAS (Danish only)
Interview on the Guardian on war photography
World Press Photo, interview on 2015-WPP winning image
Lecture at WestLicht Photography Gallery, Vienna, Austria
Documentary on the WPP-opening in Saint Petersburg w. Mads Nissen and Jon & Alex
LensCulture on the 2015-winning image
World Press Photo, official acceptance speech at the WPP Award days