Marinka Masséus

2016 Photographer of the Year

After finishing her MBA, Marinka’s studies in Buddhist Psychology guided her philosophical journey and the Photo Academy in Amsterdam stimulated her to channel her concepts and feelings into images.


One of the main themes running through Marinka’s work, is gender inequality. She feels strongly about the importance of raising this subject and is currently working on her PhD on misogyny in ancient and modern day culture. The ongoing series Silent Voices contains several sub-series and projects which all focus on gender issues worldwide. Right now she is in Iran to continue this work.


Marinka’s photography revolves around people and is a constant reflection of her passion and fascination for human nature and the way we live our lives. Especially topics concerning injustice and inequality are a driving force behind her photographic work.


This brought Marinka to Dar-es-Salaam to work with the Josephat Torner Foundation on the series Under the Same Sun to raise awareness about the circumstances of people with albinism living in Tanzania. In Tanzania, if you have albinism, you are thought to be evil. There even is a price on the head of children with albinism since killing a person with albinism is considered to bring good luck. Because of the killings, many children with albinism live in camps. Rejected by their families, they are secluded, kept apart, hidden, often mistreated and shamed.


And that’s where her motivation comes from. From the wish to make a difference. By creating awareness and raising topics she cares deeply about. In the belief that an image is indeed stronger than a 1000 words.


Marinka’s acclaim includes: 2x Silver winner Px3 ‘Prix de la Photographie Paris’ 2016 – Bronze winner Px3 2016 – Px3 Exhibition in Paris – Week instagram takeover, Swedish Museum of Photography – 1st place Monochrome Photography Awards – Exhibition at Atelier Alen, Munich, Germany – Featured at ArtWest, Amsterdam – Exhibition at Gallery ‘Beeldend Gesproken’, Amsterdam – 2x winner 2nd place MIFA “Moscow International Foto Awards” 2015 – 2x Editors’Pick at lensCulture – 2nd place BW SpiderAwards – Merit of Excellence – “IPA Best of Show Exhibition” New York – 2x winner 2nd place IPA “International Photography Awards” 2015 – Gold winner at Px3 2015 – 3x Silver and 1x Bronze winner at Px3 2015 – Exhibition at WM Gallery, Amsterdam – Photoville 2015 New York – International Photo Festival Leiden 2015 – 1st place International Color Awards – Outstanding Achievement – Featured at the Royal Geographical Society in London – IPA 2014 ‘International Photography Awards’ 2nd place ‘Advertising, Beauty’ – Linden Museum in Stuttgart, Germany – Multiple Honorable Mentions at Px3 Prix de la Photography Paris, IPA, and Color Awards – GUP New Dutch Talent 2014.

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