Vanessa Winship

United Kingdom

Vanessa Winship is a photographer who works predominantly on long-term documentary projects, with a focus on portrait, landscape and reportage.

She has received several awards including Photographer of the Year at the Sony World Photography Awards in 2008. She was the first woman to win the prestigious Henri Cartier-Bresson (HCB) award in 2011. Her work is held in the permanent collections of institutions including Tate Britain, Nelson Atkins Museum, the Sir Elton John Collection and Fundacion Mapfre, and has been exhibited internationally including at the Barbican, London in 2018.

Winship is the author and subject of several monographs: Schwarzes Meer (Black Sea) (mareverlag, 2007), Sweet Nothings (Foto8 and Images En Manoeuvres, 2008), She Dances on Jackson (MACK and HCB, 2013), Seeing the Light of Day (B-Sides Box Sets and EDITIONS EDITIONS, 2020) and Snow (Deadbeat Club, 2022).

She was shortlisted for the 2023 Prix Pictet with Sweet Nothings: Schoolgirls of Eastern Anatolia.

World Press Photo Involvement:
2008 World Press Photo Contest winner
1998 World Press Photo Contest winner