Sanne Derks is a Dutch freelance photojournalist and anthropologist, mainly focused on social documentary projects in Latin America. She is a member of Women Photograph. Her work is published in international media such as The Guardian, El País, Deutsche Welle and Al Jazeera. Currently she is working on a long-term project on Cuba's hidden water crisis, funded by the Dutch Fund for Special Journalist Projects and Fonds Anna Cornelis for documentary photographers.

She is holding a Master in the Psychology of Culture and Religion (2003) and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies (2009). Her dissertation focused on the ways women dealt with poverty, domestic violence and ethnic exclusion at a Bolivian pilgrimage shrine. After her PhD she moved towards a more visual way of storytelling and made the documentary 'Mary in Times of Crisis' featuring the protagonists of her dissertation, while simultaneously working as a lecturer in Applied Psychology. In 2015-2016 she did a postgraduate in Photojournalism at the UAB in Barcelona and started as a freelance international storyteller, mixing anthropological themes and methods with photography.


-EAW National Geographic Award; einner
-Museum Hilversum, the Netherlands; exhibition 'Volunteers, the hidden heroes of the pandemic'
-Jury member Visa d'Or Daily Press Award at Visa Pour l'Image, Perpignan, France
-Eddie Adams Workshop XXXIII; selected participant
-Visa pour l'Image 2020, Perpignan, France; exhibition Manifesto del Agua
-Museum Hilversum & Stichting de Zilveren Camera Covid-19 grant; winner

-New York Times Portfolio Reviews; selected participant
-Reporters in the Field Grant, Robert Bosch Stiftung; winner
-Zilveren Camera, third prize, category international documentary; winner


-6x6 Global Talent Program, World Press Photo Foundation; nominee
-Masterclass Visual Storytelling 2019-2020, Lens Culture; selected participant
-Anna Cornelis Fund 2019; winner
-ISSP Latvia workshop Storytelling by Tanya Habjouqa; selected participant
-Talent Development Grant, Dutch Province of Gelderland; winner
-Dutch Fund for Special Journalist Projects; winner

-Women Photograph; selected member
-Coups des Coeur Prix de ANI, Visa Pour l’Image; France, finalist
-20 Fotografos Workshop, Concepción, Bolivia; selected participant
-Masterclass Dutch Freelance Journalists, COP; selected participant
-Grant by Goethe Institute Germany for story on Alternative Housing; winner
-Matchingsfonds De Coöperatie for project gender and climate change Bolivia, winner
-Stichting Marjan Rens Fund, for project gender and climate change Bolivia; winner

Before 2018
-Radboud University, grant for reportage on evictions in Rio de Janeiro(2016); winner
-Albarracin seminair Photojournalism grant 2016; finalist

-Summer School Documentary Photography by Magnum (2015), UK; selected participant
-Summer Institute on Sexuality, Culture and Society, University Amsterdam (2014); participant
-Directing Documentary at the EICTV, Cuba (2014); selected participant
-Funding for documentary in Bolivia by NWO, NCDO, Mensen met een Missie (2011-2012)
-Frye Stipendium Radboud University, Prize for female social scientists (2007); winner

2015-2016    Postgraduate Photojournalism, Universidad Autónoma Barcelona, Spain
2004-2009    Ph.D. Cultural Anthropology & Gender Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen
1998-2003    M.A. Psychology of Culture and Religion, Radboud University Nijmegen

Sanne Derks

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