About me

Nathalie Bertrams is a photographer and journalist who works across mainly Africa. She is a National Geographic Explorer, and a grantee of the European Journalism Center, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Free Press Unlimited and the Kunstfonds Foundation. In 2018 and 2017, she was awarded the Hostwriter Prize, and in 2015 the EU Lorenzo Natali Media Prize by the European Commission.

Nathalie holds a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany. She is a member of Reporters without Borders, Freelens, Visura Guild, Hostwriter and Women Photograph

Study
1996 – 02    Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany
1997 – 98    San Francisco Art Institute, USA
1988 – 93    Akademie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, Netherland

Grants/ Awards
2018 National Geographic Society – Storytelling grant
European Journalism Center – Global Health Journalism grant
Free Press Unlimited – Reporting Grant
Hostwriter Story Prize – winner
2017 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Grant
Hostwriter Story Prize, 2nd place
Stiftung Kunstfonds – Project grant
2016 Hostwriter Prize – Finalist
Martin Lagois Photo Prize – Finalist
Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards – Finalist
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards– Shortlist
2015 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize – EU prize for journalism
Reisebank travel photography award – winner
Felix Schoeller Photo Awards – Shortlist & Nominee
Humanity Photo Awards, Beijing – Performance Award
Athens Photo Festival, Greece – Shortlist
2013 Joan Wakelin Bursary, Royal Photographic Society, London – Finalist
2011 World Photography Awards – Commended Photographer

Publications
Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Guardian, Mail & Guardian, Courrier international, New Internationalist, Al Jazeera, Mo*magazine, De Groene Amsterdammer, Internazionale, Dagbladet Information, Der Standard, The Wall Street Journal, Die Welt, BBC, Irish Times, The Telegraph, Global°, Lettre International, Salzburger Nachrichten, Huffington Post, Sunday Times Ireland, PRI/The World, Mongabay, Tages-Anzeiger, Berner Zeitung

Books
2018 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Toxic Planet
2017 Bertrams/Gazit: Outcast – Refugees in an Israeli detention camp
2016 International Journal of Media and Information Policy (MIPJ): Indigenous Edition
2013 Bertrams: Madagascar. Travel photography
2012 Bertrams/Neuberger: Forests for People – Insights into Rwanda’s Prized Forest Policy
2012 Bertrams: Crossing Borders – Vom Atlas zur Goldküste
2012 Bertrams: Crossing Borders – Vom Kap bis Kairo

Exhibitions

2018 found a mentalism II, Saint James Cavalier, Malta
2017 What does peace look like? – UNESCO headquarters, Paris
Wasser – Kunstverein Bad Nauheim
OSTRALE’Biennale 2017 – Dresden
[Passant souviens-toi, dit Sœurette] – La Médiathèque des Diasporas, Cotonou, Benin
Kontinuum – Betonbox, Düsseldorf,
Kontinuum II – Alfred Institute, Tel Aviv
2017 What does peace look like? – UNESCO headquarters, Paris
Wasser – Kunstverein Bad Nauheim
OSTRALE’Biennale 2017 – Dresden
[Passant souviens-toi, dit Sœurette] – La Médiathèque des Diasporas, Cotonou, Benin
Kontinuum – Betonbox, Düsseldorf,
Kontinuum II – Alfred Institute, Tel Aviv
2016 Auf der Flucht – St.Egidien, Nürnberg
Realpraesenz – Betonbox, Düsseldorf
Kuala Lumpur Photo Awards – Whitebox Gallery, Kuala Lumpur
Migrants – Gallery on the Corner, London
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards – Tbilisi, Georgia
Klassentreffen – Schloss Reuschenberg, Neuss
Clearing – Alfred Institute, Tel Aviv
2015 Lichtung – Betonbox, Düsseldorf
Felix Schoeller Photo Awards – Cultural History Museum, Osnabrück
Bombensicher – Betonbox, Düsseldorf
2014 Kinolog: fremdartig – Schikaneder Cinema, Vienna
Kunstpunkte – Betonbox, Düsseldorf
2013 Ostrale‘013 – Dresden
Endstation Frohe Zukunft – Galerie Nachtspeicher23, Hamburg
Reactivation – Betonbox, Düsseldorf
2012 Deus Ex Machina – Manifest Gallery, Cincinnati, USA
Kunstpunkte, Betonbox, Düsseldorf
Cliffhanger – Galerie Minken & Palme, Berlin
2011 Ostrale‘011 – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden
Climate Change in Africa – Heinrich Boell Foundation, Cancún, Mexico
2010 Copart – Cape Town, South Africa
Ostrale‘010 – Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst, Dresden
Evolution – bauraum, Köln
2009 Positionen09 – Seewerk, Moers
Luftraum.Interferenz – FiftyFifty Galerie, Düsseldorf
2008 Collage – SOS-Art, Paris
D21:Salon – D21 Kunstraum, Leipzig
2007 Straßenleben – FiftyFifty Galerie, Düsseldorf
Nacht der Museen – FiftyFifty Galerie, Düsseldorf
2005 In Bewegung – Kunsthalle Gießen
Into the Unknown – FiftyFifty Galerie, Düsseldorf
2003 Körperhaus, zeitraum_ex!t Büro für Kunst, Mannheim
2001 Wellness, PLUS, Düsseldorf
Transit (II), Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf
Transit, Warehouse #20, Art Port Nagoya, Japan
Ausfahrt, Kunstverein Oberhausen
2000 Het menselijk lichaam, Bonnefanten-Museum, Maastricht
Compilation, PLUS, Düsseldorf
Wasser/L’Eau, Musée de St. Paul de Vence
1999 PLUS, PLUS, Düsseldorf
1998 Het Groene Boek, De Bank, Enschede
Group exhibition, Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris
Rood El-Farag Cultural Institute Cairo, Egypt
1997 10 x 10, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1996 Spektakel 96: Photographie, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1994 Symposium, Thun, Switzerland
Galerie Loehrl, Mönchengladbach
1993 Die Anderen Zehn, NeuerAachenerKunstverein, Aachen
Galerie Tracé, Maastricht