Noriko Hayashi


Noriko Hayashi is a Japanese photographer based in Tokyo. Noriko began taking pictures for a small local newspaper “The Point” in The Gambia, West Africa, when she was till an university student in International Relations and Conflict studies. Working in a small place like Gambia, which is rarely the focus of international news but is full of interesting stories taught her the value of detailing the overlooked realities of every stand of society.

This work has been recognized with awards including 1st prize of NPPA Best of photojournalism in Contemporary issue stories 2014, the Visa d’Or feature award at the Visa Pour I’image 2013 in France, the 1st prize of DAYS JAPAN international Photojournalism award in 2012 and 3rd prize in 2013, the 1st prize of Natori Yonosuke Commemorative Photography Award by Japan Professional Photographers Society.

Her documentary work was also finalist for the Alexia Foundation Professional Award 2013 and Amnesty Media Awards 2014. Her works have been published internationally in publications such as The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Der Spiegel, National Geographic Japan, Marie Claire UK, DAYS JAPAN and Newsweek.com.

Noriko is represented by Panos Pictures.

Noriko Hayashi