2017 Nikon-NOOR England Masterclass


Between 30 March and 2 April 2017, the Nikon-NOOR Workshop took place in Manchester. This workshop is part of the Nikon-NOOR Academy 2017, also organized in Amsterdam, Berlin & Paris. Fourteen young photographers and photojournalists from UK came together for an inspiring four days of learning and sharing with NOOR photographers Tanya Habjouqa, Robin Hammond & Sebastian Liste and NOOR team represented by Asmara Pelupessy.

During the four intensive days, the group reviewed and shared their portfolios, listened to presentations by the photographers, held in-depth discussions on practical and creative issues, and edited their visual stories. Below you will find a showcase of the participants’ work.

Ever wondered what it’s like to participate in the Nikon-NOOR Academy? Watch video from workshop in Manchester

The masterclass has been made possible thanks to the generous support of Nikon Europe.


Adib Chowdhury


Ain el Hilweh, Lebanon

This project addresses the fluid nature of what a homeland and citizenship means. It follows Syrian refugees fleeing their home to Europe- some envisioning a temporary stay, and others perhaps a longer one. It contrasts with Palestinians that have been living in Lebanon’s largest refugee camp since 1948, and their yearning for a return whilst being treated as second-class citizens in Lebanon.

Amidst this, the project will document Palestinian refugees that have fled Syria and consider it home and now live beside Palestinians that have been living in Lebanon for their entire lives.

Adib Chowdhury

Utilising his academic background in international Conflict studies from the London School of Economics, Adib’s work focuses on documenting how conflict shapes identity. The themes of forced migration and environmental issues are also of interest. His work has been published in WIRED, Post Internazionale, Cosmopolitan,amongst others. His work was awarded the Marty Forscher Fellowship Fund for humanistic photography, as well as the PDN Annual 2016


Ana Cross


Sri Lanka Coir Industry & Bio

Despite being a relatively small country, Sri Lanka produces a quarter of the worlds coconuts a year. One of the ways in which they are used is in coir production. Coir is the natural fibre produced from the coconut husk, and is used to be woven into rope, often in small family-run factories, providing the locals with a stable income, and somewhere to dispose of the waste products of the coconuts. What drew me to this particular project was the enthusiasm the locals had in creating something used worldwide out of something which would otherwise be disposed of as waste. In a time where climate change is becoming an ever-increasing threat, it was inspiring to witness this century old tradition of coir rope production.

Ana Cross

Ana Cross is a photographer based between Cornwall and London, in her third year studying Press & Editorial Photography at Falmouth University. She is interested in both long and short-term projects around the world. With a passion for human rights and social justice across different cultures, she is most interested in telling the stories of those whose voices are rarely heard whilst maintaining respect for her subject and her own integrity.


David Shaw


Parallel Lives

Oldham, a post industrial town near Manchester was named as ‘Britain’s most deprived town’ in 2016. Living parallel to a predominantly British working class population, a large community of Asian and British-Asian people has developed after their descendants arrived to work in the cotton mills, which have now all closed.

The Asian and British-Asian community, who are predominantly Pakistani and Bangladeshi, emigrated to Oldham in the 60s after a nationwide push to employ people in the cotton mills. They moved and were located into the same areas as their families and friends which over time caused residential districts in Oldham to be only resided in by one of the ethnic groups, meaning integration between the communities has proven difficult. Fifteen years after the infamous Oldham riots the Brexit vote exposed a cultural divide in Britain however the residents of Oldham have known this divide for decades.

Exploring the concept of ‘Parallel Lives’ developed after the riots; where two communities live side-by-side but separately, these images tell the story of modern Oldham and the people who are promoting integration through the actions they take in their daily lives.

David Shaw

David Shaw is a photographer and journalist from the UK who works on long-term projects related to human rights and community issues. Through photography, documentary film and writing, Shaw aims to provide a space for people and places to tell their stories with the goal of connecting people across cultures.


Ekaterina Anchevskaya


Where do we go next, habibi?

On-going story following life of a Syrian refugee who now lives in Turkey and has become a part of smuggling process of the refugees to Europe. A.H. does it because he wants to help people, because ‘ Syrians don’t deserve what is happening to them now’. Story shows a person who has experienced the war, had to fight for his new life, break the law and still being a human. It is his intimate life, his interaction with refugees, friends and his fiance.

A.H. is always on the move, sometimes to meet his love, sometimes in search of freedom for himself and for the others. His phone is always ringing. People are asking for his help, those who are left out by the society and government, who fled the war and want to keep pushing for their life. A.H. is doing his best to help them by going against the law and at the same time earning his own living to maintain the house and his future family.

The first part of the story took place in Izmir and Kilis where A.H. got engaged. It will be continued in summer to follow a family being smuggled to Greece and A.H. wedding.

Ekaterina Anchevskaya

Ekaterina Anchevskaya, documentary photographer and filmmaker originally from Moscow, Russia. Ekaterina has background in Journalism and Languages (English and Spanish) and works on long-term stories mostly based in Eastern Europe. In 2015 she was awarded Royal Photographic Society Bursary for an on-going story about the Black Sea and currently Ekaterina is a part of Getty Reportage Emerging Talent showcase. Based between London and Moscow, she is planning to move to Turkey to continue working on the story ‘ Where do we go next, habibi?


Giorgia Tobiolo



Peter is my neighbour and his life is the same everyday.  He was born in East Ham and since 1966 he has lived on A. road, the street I moved to years ago. He loves the colour blue and this is incorporated in all aspects of his life: he dresses in blue, the places where he usually goes are blue and his house is mostly blue. He retired from work in 2000 and since then he follows the same routine every week. Peter says, "I find that doing the same things and going to the same places gives me a feeling of stability in an increasingly uncertain world…when something is good, why would one wish for change?”

Giorgia Tobiolo

I am an Italian photographer and a creative visual storyteller with a conceptual and intimate approach to photography. My work concentrates on researching and documenting people’s daily lives: focusing on different aspects of what we call the everyday, continuously looking at people with different viewpoints and aiming to challenge social stereotypes and judgments. I am based in London and besides my MA in Documentary Photography and Photojournalism at the University of Westminster; I have completed an Internship with Magnum Photos. I have also been visiting as a Guest Tutor at Central Saint Martins and Westminster Kingsway College; presently I am collaborating as Educator with The Mango Lab and SEND schools. I have been featured by CNN.photos and published in Source Photographic review. I was shortlisted in the Professional Category of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards and in the competition "30 Under 30" of Magnum Photos.


Jacob King



February 2016 marked the beginning of the eviction and demolition process of the latest 'jungle' in Calais. My objective was to document the lives of the people who depended on Calais throughout this turbulent year. Misinformation and sensationalism in the British media has in my opinion obscured our understanding of this humanitarian crisis, it was my intention therefore to use photography as a tool of empowerment and understanding rather than one of judgement, and to tell the stories of hope for the future.

Jacob King

Jacob King (b.1991) graduated with a degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of Gloucestershire in 2016, and is now based in Manchester, UK.


Jose Luis Fajardo Escoffie


Prohibido Mariconear. Follow the native potato

Peru was the centre of origin and diversity of more than 3,000 varieties of native potato—one of the most important food crops worldwide—however only around five types are typically consumed beyond the Andean world. In the context of the Peruvian “Gastronomic Boom”, some native potato varieties are starting to be commercialised as “ethnic delicacies” and have thus become more widely consumed in Lima. My project trails and documents the routes that such potatoes take, from their growing sites in the Central Peruvian Andes to luxury restaurants in Lima.

Jose Luis Fajardo Escoffie

(México, 1984). I am a visual anthropologist interested in social actions towards climate change adaptation. I have worked both as a social anthropologist and photographer in Mexico for NGO’s and for Governmental Agencies. I am currently doing a PhD research project in visual anthropology at The University of Manchester about a native potatoes' commodity chain in Peru.


Mathieu Willcocks


Before it’s too late - A story of a Mediterranean Migration

The central Mediterranean migration route, between Libya and Italy’s coasts, has always been busy. 2016 was the worst year on record. According to reports by the UNHCR over 173.000 people arrived on Italian soil, a 20% increase from 2015. Unfortunately, the dead and missing also increased in number to 4500.

War, persecution, political instability and poverty on the African continent in Asia or the Middle East still continue to push these people to undertake this extremely dangerous journey.

NGOs and charities such as MOAS, on who’s ship this project was shot from, continue their efforts to patrol the patch of sea north of the Libyan coasts in the hope of rescuing migrants before it is too late.

Crammed in unseaworthy vessels, migrants are often deceived by their smugglers and realise only too late that the promises of a skipper, life jackets, food and water and sufficient fuel were nothing but lies. In most cases, migrants do not stand a chance to make the three day journey to Italy. They have a mere 6 hours before it is too late.

Mathieu Willcocks

Mathieu Willcocks is a freelance photographer who recently moved to Scotland from Myanmar. Since graduating from the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication in 2014, Mathieu has worked extensively in South East Asia, covering mainly Myanmar, Thailand and Hong Kong. Mathieu also attended the XXVI Eddie Adams Workshop. He started his career whilst interning at the VII Photo agency in Paris in 2012. During that summer, he shot his first assignments for The New York Times. Mathieu's work has been published in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, L'Espresso, Al Jazeera, CNN.com, Mashable and the Sunday Times.

During the summer of 2016, Mathieu was the embedded photographer onboard the Topaz Responder, one of MOAS’ (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) rescue ships in the Mediterranean, from which he had exclusive access to photographing the migrants' struggle to reach Europe from Libya. His work in the mediterranean sea earned him a World Press Photo Award in 2017 as well as the LensCulture Emerging Photographer Award.


Matteo Congregalli


MY HEART IS BROKEN - Serbia's migrant crisis

“When you get to Europe, we’ll throw a party, Abdul.” “My heart is broken, I don’t know how to celebrate anymore.”

Since summer 2016, around 8,000 people have been stranded in Serbia as the result of the shutdown of the Western Balkan Migration Route through EU migration policies.. Around 1,300 migrants and refugees, mainly from Afghanistan and Pakistan, are currently living in a makeshift camp set up in an abandoned industrial area around Belgrade’s central station.

Almost a third of the people living in the Barracks are unaccompanied minors. Defiant in the face of tougher migration policies of the neighbouring countries (Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia), Belgrade’s refugees resiliently chase the dream of a better life in Europe.

The uncertainty of the journey is nothing compared to the certainty of death, back home.

Matteo Congregalli

He is a freelance photographer, writer and video producer currently based in Southern Europe, with experience with covering international news.

He focuses on the issues of migration, diaspora, identity, trauma and human rights violations.


Sandra Franco



inTransit follows the emotional journey of two young transgender women at the beginning of their gender transition. At different stages of their lives but on a similar side of the process, the series explore the singularities of their respective experiences, feelings and expectations, while reflecting on how the intimate notion of identity can be influenced by the broader idea of gender. This is an on going project.

Sandra Franco

Sandra is a freelance photographer original from Spain currently based in Edinburgh (UK). In her work she explores the relation between mind and body, with a particular focus on gender and identity issues. Graduate in Media Studies (BA Hons) by Universidad Complutense de Madrid, she gradually became more interested in the photographic language, graduating in Professional Photograhy (BA) by Edinburgh College. She currently combines her personal documentary approach with her work as a freelancer in the areas of performing and visual arts.


Shai Chishty


Nasaji Baghrami

Nasaji Baghrami camp for Internally Displaced People (IDP) sits on the outskirts of Kabul. About 360 families live here in absolutely primitive condition, with no access to electricity, sewage system nor running water.

This is just one of more than 50 such camps across Kabul alone where tens of thousands of people live in similar harsh conditions.

The director of IDPs in the Ministry says the number of displaced Afghans has increased by about 100,000 over the past year and has now increased above 600,000.

Shai Chishty

Shai Chishty is a London based documentary photographer. Originally from Birmingham, she established her career working with NGOs on humanitarian projects such as post-cyclone disaster recovery in Bangladesh and the East African food crisis. She has worked with global organisations including Christian Aid, UN Women and Islamic Relief. Shai is particularly interested in the impact of development work on women.

Shai’s work has been published internationally – most notably her work covering the 2014 Afghan elections. Her work on drug rehabilitation received an honourable mention in the 2013 Magenta Flash Forward Award and her work on the internally displaced in Afghanistan received an honourable mention in the International Photography Awards 2016.

Currently studying for a Masters in Photojournalism & Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, Shai is developing her conceptual practice exploring identity and notions of ‘otherness’.


Tory Ho


Remain Calm & Leave

“Brexit means Brexit,” was British Prime Minister, Theresa May’s, initial motto after the EU referendum – that was only just the beginning of this new political landscape we find ourselves in today. With social media utilising algorithms that filters and curates a newsfeed for the user, we as a society, are entering a dangerous era where we isolate ourselves from the ‘other’.

Remain Calm & Leave (working title), is an ongoing photographic project that utilises a combination of visuals and text, to explore the division in British society as revealed by the referendum. Through exposing the viewer to multiple sides of the issue, it is my hope that the audience can walk away with a stronger and more thorough understanding of Brexit, and have more empathy for one another.

Tory Ho

Tory Ho is a visual storyteller from Hong Kong – currently finishing her degree in Falmouth. Her work focuses on how politics create divisions within society, and through which informs our identity.


Valeria Luongo


Every Nun Day

The community of the “Holy hearts of Jesus and Mary” -also knew as Sisters Ravasco House for the name of its founder- has one of its main headquarters in Rome. The congregation is composed of at least twenty nuns with different ages and nationalities. The main purpose of this on-going project is to depict an intimate portrait of the daily life inside and outside the Roman Convent. Generally, little information is known about nuns’ routine and outsiders usually idealise or mystify ecclesiastic life.

Valeria Luongo

Valeria Luongo (1989) is an anthropologist and photographer born in Rome. Since 2012 she has travelled several times to Mexico, country on which she has focused her studies and fieldwork. She is now studying a MA in Visual Anthropology at the University of Manchester.