Mads Nissen was born in Denmark in 1979. He graduated with distinction in photojournalism from The Danish School of Journalism in 2007 and in 2009 attended the Joop Swart Masterclass. Soon after graduating, Nissen moved to Shanghai to document the human and social consequences of an historic economic rise. After working two years in China for such publications as Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel and Stern, he returned to his home country, where he is now based. Nissen now works for the Danish national newspaper Berlingske, while continuing work on long-term personal projects. He concentrates on contemporary issues and dilemmas, such as overpopulation, extreme poverty, human rights violations and humankind's often destructive relationship with nature. Nissen's work has formed part of exhibitions across Europe and in Bangladesh, and he has received numerous awards, including three POYi prizes, being Danish Photographer of the Year in 2010, as well as six other prizes over the years in the Danish Press Photo of the Year awards.