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13.11.11 | Victoria in 6 MOIS-magazine

The picture story In the Name of Victoria is featured (runs over 32 pages) in the latest issue of the amazing photo magazine 6 MOIS. Take a look here.

21.10.11 | Von Trier in Der Spiegel

20.10.11 | Talk at the Royal Danish Theatre

This fall the Royal Danish Theatre will be performing a reinterpretation of The Good Person of Sezuan (also spelled Szechwah and Sichuan) by Bertolt Brecht. My work served as a inspiration in the making of the scenography, and in this regard the theatre invited me to make a public presentation and participate in a debate concerning visual art and visualizing of conflicts. More info here

12.09.11 | Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg

Following the tragic massacre in Norway on July 22nd, I photographed Oslo the island of Utøya where most people were killed. After the funeral of ‘Mother Utøya’ Monica Elisabeth Bøsei, a long time friend of the Jens Stoltenberg, I got the chance to meet the prime minister and take this picture.

12.09.11 | Covering election in Denmark

This week I’ll be super busy covering the election for the Danish parliament… Here’s a image of opposition leader, Helle Thorning Smith giving interviews.

30.08.11 | Going to Visa pour l’Image, Perpignan

Available for meetings… +45 30421798 / info@madsnissen.com

30.08.11 | End of workshop in Kathmandu

After editing the participants work for a whole week we all had a small presentation for friends of Photo Circle. Really amazing work… Now I’m back in Denmark for a short while, and in November 2011 the stories will be exhibited in Kathmandu and published in a book. Keep you posted…

24.08.11 | Back in Kathmandu teaching at master class

This week I’ll be back at photo.circle in Kathmandu, Nepal to conduct a workshop together with Søren Pagter, Head of the department of photojournalism from The Danish Media and Journalism School. The workshop is the final part of a master class for 12 Nepali photographers. The 12 photogrpahers have been working for two months with the theme evolution and now it’s time to edit their stories. The final result will be an exhibition and a book. Photo: Uma Bista

01.08.11 | New Website Launched

My website have been completely redesigned. Browse around and you’ll find plenty of new stuff: Picture stories, tear sheets, multimedia, news and much more… The website is designed by www.mending.dk

18.07.11 | Grant from Manuel Rivera-Ortiz

I’ve received a grant from The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography. The grant will help me complete a story on the internally displaced people in Colombia. Read much more here.

Jury member Mr. Jon Levy explains:

 “[for me] it came down to the way that the photography made me feel — which became so much a part of the judging process. Each project elicited a different type of emotional response especially when it came to the photographers’ vision of how they went about trying to tell their stories. With Mads,” he continues, “there was something deeply disturbing about his pictures that made them stand out. I felt that his approach had the necessary part to it on how to properly tell stories that do not hide behind the facade of ‘good picture.’ How he uses photography could only be judged by his deep- seated knowledge of the topic”

01.07.11 | Libya work in FOTO8

My work from the revolution in Libya is published over 14 pages in the latest issue of  FOTO8. The work was photographed during two trips this spring.

18.06.11 | Interview in the Guardian about photog. war

A group of photographers along with myself have been interview in a very interesting article about the risk of photographing war. You can find the article “The shot that nearly killed me” here.

14.06.11 | In Kathmandu teaching at masterclass

Pictures from the ongoing workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal. More about the workshop and the amazing photo.circle on this link.

“Participants will use photojournalism and documentary photography to discover, investigate and convey stories about places and people, that they believe the world should care about. These can be both big and small stories- as long as they are important to the person telling the story. By analyzing picture stories, looking at their structure, discussing the journalism behind them, participants will find out how visual language can be used to tell their specific stories.”

01.06.11 | Teaching masterclass in Nepal

During the summer 2011, I’ve been invited to teach at a 3 months workshop in photographic storytelling in Kathmandu for young docu-photo-talents of Nepal. The workshop is an initiative by a group called photo.circle who is trying hard, and with great success, to establish an environment for documentary photography in the Himalayan country. Check out more about the workshop and the inspiring photo.circle here.

01.06.11 | Px3: Gold Medal, Best Feature Story

My photo essay In the Name of Victoria has received a Gold Medal in the Feature Story category at the annual Px3 contest. Read more about Px3 here.

01.06.11 | BoP: My work received three awards

My photo essay In the Name of Victoria has received a 2nd prize in the Best Published Picture Story category at the annual Best of Photojournalism 2011 (NPPA’s BoP) contest. Furthermore my story Risking Life, Giving Life about maternity health in Nepal received a Honorable Mention in the same category. The last award was another HM in Singles, Enterprise.  You can visit the Best of Photojournalism site here.

11.05.11 | Exhibition in Øksnehallen, Copenhagen

In June part (13 images) of my long term project ‘The Fallen’ will be exhibit in Øksnehallen as part of Copenhagen Photo festival. It’s a group exhibition called 5 x Personal Projects and consist of works from five young Danish documentary photographers. Here’s a bit about the work that  I am exhibiting (you can also find it on this website)

’The Fallen’

Over a period of two years, and in close collaboration with the relatives of fallen soldiers, photographer Mads Nissen has made collages from private pictures of fallen soldiers. The work gives an intimate and touching insight into the life of the person behind the military uniform. These collages are exhibited next to Mads Nissen’s own photograps taken in Denmark and Afghanistan.

01.05.11 | Joining Panos Pictures

Panos

I’m now represented by Panos Pictures (except in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy). Read more here

01.05.11 | Joining LAIF

I’m now represented by LAIF in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Read more here

01.05.11 | Joining Prospekt

I’m now represented by Prospekt in Italy. Read more here.

04.03.11 | Danish Picture of the Year: First prize Best Multimedia

I Victorias Navn from Mads Nissen on Vimeo.

My multimedia In the Name of Victoria has received the first prize as the Best Danish Multimedia at the annual Danish Picture of the Year (Årets Pressefoto). Visit the Danish Picture of the Year (Årets Pressefoto) here. You can find the multimedia in Danish and English on this website.

19.02.11 | Judging at ‘Informations Fotopris’

‘Informations Fotopris’ is a photo award giving to a student from the Danish School of Journalism once a year. The student is judged on his/ her photographic work produces during their 1 1/2 year internship at a newspaper. I’ve been both a student and a teacher at the school myself and without reveling too much, I must say that I was happily surprised by how much personal passion and interpretation that was present in much of the work…

10.02.11 | World Press Photo award: Daily Life picture story

I’m happy and proud to share with you that my picture story ‘In the Name of Victoria’ has received the 3rd. prize in the Daily Life picture story category at the annual World Press Photo. In the beginning of May, I’ll participate in the Award Days and ceremonies in Amsterdam.

16.01.11 | Nominated for Danish Photo of the Year

I’m glad to announce that I’ve been nominated for this years Danish Press Photo of the Year contest (Årets Pressefoto). It’s still unclear which of my stories or images will be rewarded, since the final result will not be revealed until March 4th.

11.01.11 | Young Men – a Danish-Arabic experiment

In the fall of 2010 I was invited to join a interesting project called ‘Young Men – a close up on a generation under pressure’ (Unge Mænd – Nærbilleder af en presset generation).

The project, or the experiment as it is called, is by initiative of The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute and the idea is to increase understanding between Denmark and the Arabic world. Three photographers from the Arabic world; Algeria, Egypt and Lebanon were invited to Denmark to do a story of their own choices. And virce-versa –  three Danish photographers each went to one of their countries to create a feature story. The project resulted in a book (in Danish and Arabic only) and exhibitions accross our countries. My story was from Lebanon and is called ‘Oasis Beirut’.

 

10.01.11 | os dias todos iguais, esses assassinos…

Check out Antero De Alda’s blog about documentary photography “os dias todos iguais, esses assassinos…” he wrote a bit about me too. Link to website

01.06.10 | Fever, Gold Fever at the Lumix photo festival

Work from my ongoing project AMAZONAS has once again been selected and will be exhibit at the ‘Lumix – Festival for young photojournalism’, which will take place in Hannover, Germany in June 2010. This year it’s ‘Fever, Gold Fever’ that will be exhibited.The story from South American biggest illegal goldmine is part of my personal long term project AMAZONAS. Take a look at the Lumix website here (there A LOT of great work….).

01.06.10 | ‘AMAZONAS’ heading towards the end


In May and April I went back into the Amazon rainforest for yet another time. But this stay was different. Over huge distances I travelled back to many of the places were it all started for me; the forest near Puerto Ayacucho in Venezuela, and visiting old friends in Leticia, Colombia and Belen Bajo in Peru. It might turnout to be the last trip before the long term project is finished – the next couple of month of processing and editing will tell… I’ll keep you posted, but until then here’s an image from my stay with the Yanomami in south Venezuela.

29.05.10 | Summer workshop at Fatamorgana

Join my workshop at Fatamorgana! This summer I’ll be teaching a three days workshop at Fatamorgana – Danmarks Fotografiske Billedkunstskole. We will be concentrating on telling important stories in the personal language of the photographer. It’s in Danish and you can read much more here and visit Fatamorganas website here.

29.05.10 | In Colombia for MSF

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), also know as Doctors Without Borders, have assigned me to photograph two projects in Colombia.

First, I’m visiting is a maternity hospital in the city of Quibdo. For two years MSF have been running the hospital, training the staff, suppling new equipment and so on. Now it’s been handed back to the local government.

Second project is in the province of Arauca. For a long time Arauca have been a battle zone with regular fights between Government troops, guerilla groups such as FARC-EP and other armed groups of the civil war in Colombia. As a result it’s often very complicated to access and give medical attention to patients. In mobile clinics MSF visits vulnerable communities and also scan and treat for Chagas-disease (as seen on picture above).

24.05.10 | New story: Oumas Wedding – Child marriages in Niger


I’ve been waiting for this moment for some time…. Finally I can present to you the photo essay: Oumas Weddng – A Child is Getting Married. It’s a short story on a 14-year old girl from Niger who is being married. Niger has the world record of child marriages.

23.05.10 | Exhibition in Øksnehallen, Copenhagen


In May my photo essay ‘Fever, Gold Fever’ will be exhibit in Øksnehallen. It’s a very cool place located in central Copenhagen were it used to serve as a slaughterhouse. The exhibition that I’m a part of is called 5 x Personal Projects and consist of works from five young Danish documentary photographers. Posters and signed and numbered fine art prints are for sale.

23.05.10 | BoP: Best Environmental Picture Story

My photo essay ‘Fever, Gold Fever’ has received a 2nd prize in the Environmental Picture Story category at the annual Best of Photojournalism 2010 (BoP) contest. The photo essay is from South Americas largest illegal goldmine Eldorado do Juma located in the middle of the Brazilian rain forest. The essay was made during the Joop Swart Masterclass and is part of my long term project AMAZONAS. You can visit the Best of Photojournalism sitehere.

22.05.10 | UNICEF Photo of the Year

The picture story Ouma – A Child is Getting Married received an Award of Excellence at the annual UNICEF Photo of the Year. You can see the images here and read about the UNICEF award here.

07.03.10 | Danish Picture of the Year: PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR!


At the annual Danish Picture of the Year (Årets Pressefoto) I was selected as the best photographer of the year! Visit the Danish Picture of the Year (Årets Pressefoto) and take a look at my portfolio here

07.03.10 | Danish Picture of the Year: First prize Best Danish News Picture


My picture from the mass arrest of nearly 1000 protesters during the international climate summit COP15 in Copenhagen in December 2009 has received a first prize as the best Danish news picture at the annual Danish Picture of the Year (Årets Pressefoto). Visit the Danish Picture of the Year (Årets Pressefoto) here.

07.03.10 | Danish Picture of the Year: First prize Best Foreign News Picture Story


My picture story ‘The Fieldhospital’ has received a first prize as the best foreign news picture story at the annual Danish Picture of the Year (Årets Pressefoto). Visit the Danish Picture of the Year (Årets Pressefoto) and see the story here.

07.03.10 | Danish Picture of the Year: First prize Best Foreign Picture Story


My picture essay ‘Fever, Gold Fever’ has received a first prize as the best foreign picture story at the annual Danish Picture of the Year (Årets Pressefoto). The picture essay is from South Americas largest illegal goldmine Eldorado do Juma located in the middle of the Brazilian rain forest. The essay was made during the Joop Swart Masterclass and is part of my long term project AMAZONAS. See the essay here. Visit the Danish Picture of the Year (Årets Pressefoto) here.

28.02.10 | POYi: Photographer of the Year!!!

I’ve been selected as the second best ‘Photographer of the Year’ at POYi (Picture of the Year International). Photographers from all over the world participated with portfolios existing of approximately 40 images taken during the year 2009. See my portfolio here

28.02.10 | POYi: 3rd prize/ Issue Reporting Picture Story

My picture essay ‘Fever, Gold Fever’ has received a third prize in POYi – Picture of the Year International!! The picture essay is from South Americas largest illegal goldmine Eldorado do Juma located in the middle of the Brazilian rain forest. The essay was made during the Joop Swart Masterclass and is part of my long term project AMAZONAS.

24.01.10 | Nominated for Danish PoY 2009/2010

I’m glad to announce that I’ve been nominated for this years Danish Press Photo of the Year contest (Årets Pressefoto). It’s still unclear which of my stories or images will be rewarded, since the final result will not be revealed until March 5th. I’ve contributed with three stories, a multimedia and a few single images from the year 2009; One story is on the Field Hospital in Afghanistan that I visited in October, another story, or picture essay, is the Fragment of Afghanistan. And last, but not least, is Fever, Gold Fever – a picture essay which is a part of my personal long term project ‘AMAZONAS’. Part of this story can be seen at the Joop Swart Masterclass website. In 2007 my image on overpopulation in the Philippines won the first prize of the contest.

28.12.09 | COP15: ‘Yeeha’ and ‘Bla bla’

In December my hometown Copenhagen, Denmark hosted the international UN climate summit COP15. I mainly covered the variety of protests that took place in the streets. But I also had an exclusive opportunity to witness the last sleepy meeting of the delegates on the night between December 18 and 19, 2009. On this night the agreement was finally turned down…

11.11.09 | Joop Swart Masterclass project online


VISIT THE ONLINE GALLERY AT WORLD PRESS PHOTO HERE

19.08.09 | Exhibition and book release


‘Sort of Safe’ – Photo essays on Nordic Welfare.
“Fifteen young Nordic photographers present us with diverse and sharp view on the welfare state. Their essays should inspire us to rethink our notion of welfare and democracy.”
Exhibitions in most Nordic countries during this summer and fall. Currently (-until 16.10) exhibit at Store Strandstræde 18, Copenhagen (near Nyhavn)

21.05.09 | New Story: Fragments of Afghanistan

“I found the whole experience to be somehow surreal and felt myself surrounded by fear. (…) This photo essay tries to reflect that ambiance…” 

The photo essay Fragments from Afghanistan was recently published in the Danish newspaper Berlingske. (July 19th. 2009, 6 pages)

21.05.09 | Selected for the Joop Swart Masterclass

I’m happy to announce that among 179 candidates I’ve been selected as one of 12 participants for the 16th Joop Swart Masterclass, which will be held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in November 2009. During the next months I’ll be shooting a photo essay for this year’s theme ‘Touch’. Read more here….

21.05.09 | Nominated: NY Photo Award 2009

“Considering the number of rounds that the Jury has already been through, being nominated is truly an award in and of itself.  We are very proud of this year’s Nominees.  It is clear that they represent the Future of Contemporary Photography, and we wish them continued success.”
Read more here…

21.05.09 | Publicity in The Daily Star

The national Bangladeshi newspaper The Daily Star wrote an article on my ‘Tibetan Unrest’ story when it was exhibited at The Chobi Mela V international festival of photography. The Daily Star is the largest circulating English daily newspaper in Bangladesh.  Read the article here

25.03.09 | On assignment in Helmand, Afghanistan


Until April 2nd I’ll be in Helmand, Afghanistan on assignment for Berlingske Tidende. Among other things we’ll be focusing on the rebuilding of the war torn country. I’ll try to keep you posted with images…

09.03.09 | Prize to Sichuan earthquake story

Last Friday my picture story from the Sichuan earthquake in China received a second prize in the ‘Best Foreign News Picture Story’ category (Bedste Udlandsreportage) at the Danish Press Photo of the Year contest (Årets Pressefoto).