Brent Stirton

Photojournalist, South Africa

Brent Stirton is the senior photographer for the assignment division of Getty Images, New York. He specializes in documentary work, and is known for his alternative approaches. He travels an average of nine months of the year on assignment, spending most of his time working for National Geographic magazine.

Stirton’s work is published by National Geographic magazine, National Geographic Adventure, National Geographic Traveler, The New York Times Magazine, the Sunday Times Magazine, Time magazine, Smithsonian magazine, Discovery Channel, Newsweek, L'Express, Le Monde 2, Figaro, Paris Match, GQ, Geo, Stern, CNN, and many other respected international titles and news organizations.

Stirton also photographs for the Global Fund, The Global Business Coalition against Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Human Rights Watch. He has been a longtime photographer for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), shooting campaigns on sustainability and the environment. He works for the Ford, Gates, and Clinton Foundations, as well as the Nike foundation and the World Economic Forum. He was appointed one of 200 Young Global Leaders in 2009, by the World Economic Forum and has illustrated key themes at Davos for the past five years. For the past seven years, Stirton has focused on water issues around the world.

Stirton has received awards from the Overseas Press Club, the Frontline Club, the Deadline Club, Days Japan Photographic Awards, multiple Pictures of the Year awards, the China International Photo Awards, the Lead Awards Germany, Graphis USA, American Photography, American Photo and the American Society of Publication Designers, as well as the London Association of Photographers. Stirton has received six awards from the Lucie Foundation, and five previous awards from the World Press Photo Foundation, and has also received awards from the United Nations for his work on the environment and in the field of HIV. Stirton won the 2008 Visa d’Or at the Visa Pour l’Image Festival in France, for magazine photography. He also won The Lucy Award for International Photographer of the Year for 2008. In 2009, he worked on the Documentary ‘The Gorilla Murders’, with National Geographic Television, which received an Emmy for best environmental documentary.

In 2009, Stirton received a gold award from the China International Photographic Awards, as well as awards from the National Press Photographers Association, Graphis and American Photography. His work was selected for the Communication Arts Photography Annual, and he was selected as one of Lurzer’s 200 top advertising photographers in the world. Stirton received the 2009 ASME national magazine publishers award for photojournalism, for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo, published in National Geographic magazine. In 2010 Stirton continued his work for National Geographic, working across the Sahara region. He is also involved in environmental crimes investigations for the magazine.


Brent Stirton

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Based in:
South Africa
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