I became interested in social, political and economic issues in the developing world after travelling extensively for a number of years. Then I enrolled at the Danish School of Journalism from where I graduated in 2006.
Dividing my time between long-term documentary film projects and commercial work, I am regularly commissioned by magazines and newspapers including TIME, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Independent and GEO, as well as humanitarian organisations and cultural institutions such as the Danish Refugee Council and UNHCR.
In my intrepid quest to visually explore a wide range of issues and events I have travelled to dozens of countries including Mongolia, Burma, Algeria, Gaza, Haiti, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, South Sudan, DR Congo and Kenya.
I am always looking for smaller stories that are representative of larger issues, because I believe that it is easier for humans to reflect on a more personal level.
I love to explore and have a passion for mountains, so in the last 15 years I have been on 8 mountaineering expeditions to places like Alaska, Karakoram, Tibet, Tien Shan, The Andes and Caucasus. You can see images and films on highcamp.dk (in Danish only).
I am married to journalist and writer Nilo Zand, and together we have Lilli Noor and Leo.
Photograph by Daniel Hjorth
Det Kongelige Teater
Ministeriet for børn, ligestilling, integration og sociale forhold
Novo Nordisk Fonden
Center mod Menneskehandel
The Independent Magazine
Sunday Times Magazine
2014 Winner in ‘PDN Photo Annual’
2013 2nd Prize in the Danish Picture of the Year, ‘Interactive Multimedia of the Year’
2012 1st Prize in the Danish Picture of the Year, ‘Documentary of The Year’
2011 Danish Adventure Film Festival, ‘Danish Film of The Year’
2011 Shortlisted in Prix Pictet ‘GROWTH’
2011 2nd Prize in the Danish Picture of the Year, ‘Best multimedia 2010/2011’
2011 Bronze Prize in China International Press Photo 2011, ‘News Picture Story’
2010 Shortlisted in Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2010
2010 2nd Prize in the Danish Picture of the Year, Audio Slideshow 2009/2010
2010 Shortlisted for the Henri Nannen Preis 2010 in Germany, ‘Foto-Reportage’
2010 Second Place in the 67th Pictures Of The Year International, ‘General News Story’
2010 Shortlisted in Anthropographia Awards 2010
2009 Honorable Mention in UNICEF Photo of the Year 2009
2009 1st Place in International Photography Awards 2009, ‘Editorial : War/Conflict’
2009 3x Honorable Mentions in Prix de la Photographie, 1x Generel News and 2x War News
2009 Shortlisted in New York Photo Awards 2009
2009 Silver Prize in China International Press Photo 2008, ‘Art, Culture And Entertainment News – Singles’
2009 Honorable Mention in China International Press Photo 2008, ‘Economy, Science and Technology – Stories’
2009 3rd Place in Best Of Photojournalism 2009, ‘Environmental Picture Story’
2009 2nd Prize in the Danish Picture of the Year, ‘Best News Picture 2008/2009’
2008 Honorable Mention in UNICEF Photo of the Year 2008
2008 Gold Prize in China International Press Photo 2007, ‘Economy, Science and Technology – Stories’
2008 3rd Place in Best Of Photojournalism 2008, ‘Best Published Picture Story’
2008 Honorable Mention in Best Of Photojournalism 2008, ‘Best Published Picture Story’
2008 Third Place in the 65th Pictures Of The Year International, ‘Feature Picture Story’
2006 Scanpix Award, ‘Best Final BA-Project’
2006 Gold Prize in China International Press Photo 2005, ‘Sports News – Stories’
2006 1st Prize in the Danish Picture of the Year, ‘Best Sport Feature 2005/2006’
2005 1st Prize in International Documentary Photo Awards Korea 2005
2005 Kravling Photo Feature of the Year