Robin Hammond

Robin Hammond - World Press Photo 2017




© Robin Hammond / NOOR



We are pleased to announce that NOOR photographer Robin Hammond has been awarded 2nd prize in the People category of World Press Photo 2017 for his portrait of 41 year old Hellen Alfred from Juba in South Sudan.

"I am delighted to receive this award. For six years I’ve been working to highlight the challenges faced by people living with mental health problems. People like the South Sudanese woman in this picture, Hellen. No other health issue impacts more people, yet is so neglected. Stigma eliminates conversation, and the very existence of people living with mental health problems. It is my hope that the thousands around the world who will now see her face will ask - who is this woman? What is her story? That is the moment mental health stops being about an abstract and ignored issue and starts being about individuals who deserve to be seen, and need to be heard."


Robin Hammond



Hellen's portrait is part of Robin Hammond's In my world, a project which seeks to humanize a neglected and abstract issue by allowing people living with mental health problems to be seen and heard and, as a result, have mental health become the global health priority it deserves to be.




NOOR's Managing Director Clement Saccomani on the WPP award:


"Congratulations to Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici for the World Press Photo of the Year and also to all winners of 2017 World Press Photo Contest!


NOOR Photographer Robin Hammond won second prize on People - Singles category for his beautiful portrait of 41 year old Hellen Alfred from Juba in South Sudan. Robin Hammond and his NOOR’s colleagues are confronting the dominant narrative using visual storytelling with integrity and passion.  As a group, they exist to inspire empathy and action. Congratulations Robin!"






To document the mental health impact of conflicts and disasters in sub-Saharan Africa, photographer and human rights campaigner Robin Hammond travelled to eleven countries. He spent time with the displaced in refugee camps, former child soldiers in slums and saw the impact of corruption on facilities for the mentally ill. The resulting work went on to become the book: ‘Condemned: mental health in African countries in crisis,’ and was published in magazines globally. The work has been exhibited on every continent, and went on to win some of photojournalism’s most prestigious awards.

Robin spent five years working on his mental health project. In the course of that work he came to recognize that a lack of space for the voices of people living with mental health problems is a major impediment to a world where mental health is recognized as a global health priority. In addition, stigma and silence form twin barriers in the path towards a society where people living with mental health problems can be seen, and valued, as equal members of the communities in which they live.

With In my world, Hammond and his not for profit organization, Witness Change, are working to contribute towards breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health and to the amplification of these marginalized voices.

Robin is working with a group of partners including Handicap International, other not for profit organizations, and a major educational institution to share stories of people living with mental health problems and document the situations in which they must live.

In my world, will be live from June 2017.

participants for nikon-noor manchester workshop

©Tanya Habjouqa / NOOR

We are excited to announce the 15 participants selected for the Nikon-NOOR Academy Workshop, which will take place in Manchester between 30 March and 2 April 2017. We would like sincerely thank all the people who sent forward their applications and congratulate the photographers who will participate in the workshop with  Tanya HabjouqaRobin Hammond & Sebastian Liste 


Ana Cross

Adib Chowdhury

Carlotta Cardana

David Shaw

Ekaterina Anchevskaya

Giorgia Tobiolo

Jacob King

José Luis Fajardo

Mathieu Willcocks

Matteo Congregalli

Maurizio Martorana

Sandra Franco

Shaista Chishty

Tory Ho

Valeria Luongo


We are excited to meet & work together in Manchester!


participants for nikon-noor paris workshop

©Pep Bonet / NOOR


We are pleased to announce the 15 participants selected for the Nikon-NOOR Academy Workshop, which will take place in Paris between 20 to 23 March 2017. We would like sincerely thank all the people who sent forward their applications and congratulate the photographers who will participate in the workshop with Pep BonetRobin Hammond & Benedicte Kurzen.


Anna Filipova
Antonin Weber

Camilo Leon-Quijano

Charlotte Gonzalez

Chloe Sharrock

Estelle Car

Etienne  Maury

Fabrice Caterini
Hugo Aymar

Kasia Strek

Lucie Mach

Mathias Benguigui

Maude Girard

Maxime Matthys

Yulia Grigoryants


We are excited to meet & work together in Paris!

noor-nikon academy upcoming workshops


NOOR Foundation and Nikon are excited to announce our 2017 educational program - the NOOR-Nikon Academy. Early this spring, the NOOR-Nikon Academy will launch with a series of free-of-charge workshops for young, aspiring documentary photographers taking place in The Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.


During each of the four-day trainings, 15 participants, together with three NOOR member photographers will share experiences, work on portfolios, improve editing skills and learn how to develop visual stories.

Participants can get the most out of the experience when they come to the workshop with a body of work they are currently developing, editing, working on and/or thinking about how to share with audiences. Thus, applicants are encouraged to include this work and indicate what they want to explore in relation to the work in their application portfolio and motivation statement.

Participants can look forward to intensive communication with NOOR photographers and their peers on subjects ranging from how to develop and edit a photographic story or project, to the nuances of the international photo market.



The NOOR-Nikon Academy is a unique opportunity to learn impactful visual storytelling, further develop personal vision, strengthen ongoing projects and gain new knowledge and contacts in an intimate and interactive environment.


Each workshop is led by a diverse and unique combination of three NOOR member photographers. All experienced teachers and lecturers, NOOR photographers are actively engaged in their own documentary practices, current debates in the field and in the development of the next generation of photographic talent.



Since 2009 NOOR and Nikon have partnered on education programs encouraging and supporting young photographic talent around the world. We have built strong collaborations with an international network of young photographers, photography professionals, cultural organizations, journalism and educational institutions. NOOR-Nikon educational programs have successfully trained more than 175 students from more than 64 different countries and counting.


Below please find the Calls for Applications for the NOOR-Nikon Academy. Calls are open to young and aspiring photographers in the respective countries where the workshops will be held: The Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.



Call for Applications for NOOR-Nikon Amsterdam Academy Workshop.

Deadline to apply is 8 January 2017.

Apply here


Call for Applications for NOOR-Nikon Berlin Academy Workshop.

Deadline to apply is 15 January 2017.

Apply here


Call for Applications for NOOR-Nikon Paris Academy Workshop.

Deadline to apply is 22 January 2017. 

Apply here


Call for Applications for NOOR-Nikon Manchester Academy Workshop.

Deadline to apply is 29 January 2017. 

Apply here


For any questions please contact



Reactions from previous NOOR-Nikon educational programs:


“Photography is part education and part evolution of one’s talent. This was my first workshop and it was an enriching experience. I learned more in these days than probably I could have learned in a year working in the field.”


   - Bogdan Chesaru, Romania (NOOR-Nikon Masterclass, Bucharest, Romania)


“The workshop was fantastic! Meeting with NOOR photographers and very talented people from our region is a great opportunity. You should continue organizing programs for regional cooperation among young photographers. I got great tips about storytelling, editing, grants and bookmaking!”


   - Ozge Sebzeci, Turkey (NOOR-Nikon Masterclass, Istanbul, Turkey)


“The masterclass helped to draw an overall picture of my career. The experiences shared by NOOR helps to make a long-term plan.”


   - Elyor Nematov, Kyrgyzstan (NOOR-Nikon Masterclass, Almaty, Kazakhstan)




If you would like to be added to our education mailing list please email with the subject line “Subscribe NOOR Education” with the following information:


  • Your full name
  • Email address
  • City of residence
  • Country of residence

Photos from NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Almaty, Kazakhstan © MediaNet

announcing manchester nikon-noor academy tutors

We are excited to announce the tutors for 2017 Nikon-NOOR Academy Workshop in Manchester, the UK from 28 February to 3 March 2017:


Tanya HabjouqaRobin Hammond & Sebastian Liste will lead the workshop, sharing their expertise and working together with participants to develop their visual stories and projects. 




NOOR and Nikon Europe invite young aspiring documentary photographers and photojournalists living and/or working in the UK to submit their applications before 29 January 2017. The workshop is free of charge. Read more about the workshop and how to apply here.




Tanya Habjouqa is a documentary photographer specializing in gender, social, and human rights issues in the Middle East. She approaches her subjects with sensitivity and an eye for the absurd. She is the author of Occupied Pleasures, heralded by TIME magazine and the Smithsonian as one of the best photo books of 2015 (winning a World Press Photo award in 2014). She was the recipient of the Magnum Foundation 2013 Emergency Fund, and mentors grantees from across the Arab region for their “Arab Photographer Documentary Fund” with the Prince Claus Foundation and the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. Tanya is a founding member of Rawiya, the first all female photo collective of the Middle East. She lectures ‘Narrative/ National Identity in Photography’ at Al Quds Bard University.


Robin Hammond  is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in human rights and development issues around the world through long-term photographic projects.

He was the recipient of the W.Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, a World Press Photo prize, the Pictures of the Year International World Understanding Award and four Amnesty International awards for Human Rights journalism. In 2013 he won the FotoEvidence Book Award for Documenting Social Injustice and the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award. Robin is the founder of Witness Change, a non-profit organization dedicated to advance humans rights through highly visual storytelling. His work appears in magazines, newspapers, television and social media. He is currently based in Manchester, UK.  


Sebastian Liste is a documentary photographer and sociologist devoted to document the profound cultural changes and contemporary issues in Latin America and the Mediterranean area. In 2010, while getting his Masters degree in Documentary Photography in Barcelona, he won the Ian Parry Scholarship for his project “Urban Quilombo” and was named young editorial photographer of the year at the Lucie Awards. In 2011 Sebastián was selected for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass. In 2012 was announced as the Young Reporter of the Year at Visa pour l’Image festival. He was the recipient of the Magnum EF Grant, the Getty Editorial Grant and the Alexia Foundation Grant. He also received the Fotopres grant in Spain to develop a project in Venezuela, and a World Press Photo prize in 2016 for his story ‘Citizen Journalism in Brazil’s Favelas‘. Sebastián Liste is a frequent lecturer and he is currently based between Spain and Brazil.