Nick Hannes


Nick Hannes is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Ranst, Belgium. His photography reflects on major contemporary themes such as migration, globalization, urbanization and crisis. Hannes is represented by Panos Pictures.

After obtaining a master’s degree in photography at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK) in Ghent in 1997, Hannes worked as a photojournalist for eight years, after which he decided to fully concentrate on self-initiated documentary projects. Since 2008, he has taught documentary photography at KASK/The School of Arts in Ghent, Belgium.

Hannes has published four books: Red Journey (Lannoo, 2009) which deals with the transitional phase in post-Soviet society; Mediterranean. The Continuity of Man (Hannibal, 2014) which focuses on various contemporary issues such as mass-tourism, migration and crisis in the Mediterranean region; Garden of Delight (André Frère, 2018) which showcases Dubai as the ultimate playground of globalization and capitalism, and raises questions about authenticity and sustainability; An Unexpected Lesson in Joy (2020), a visual diary of the photographer’s family life during the COVID pandemic. Garden of Delight was awarded the Magnum Photography Award (2017) and the Zeiss Photography Award (2018). 

His works have been exhibited at: FotoMuseum, Antwerp; Fotofestiwal, Lodz; Organ Vida, Zagreb; Photolux, Lucca; Encontros Da Imagem, Braga; Städtische Galerie, Iserlohn; Centro Andaluz de la Fotografia, Almeria; Triennial of Photography, Hamburg; Photomed, Beirut; Lianzhou Foto Festival, Lianzhou; among others. 

World Press Photo Involvement:
2023 World Press Photo Contest winner

Nick Hannes on Social Media:
Instagram: @nick.hannes

Nick Hannes

Portrait credit: Anja Peeters