BIOGRAPHY 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.
AWARDS, GRANTS, MENTIONS AND WORKSHOPS 2019 -Reporters in the Field Grant, Robert Bosch Stiftung; 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
2018 -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
EDUCATION 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