ABOUT ME

Nathalie Bertrams is an award-winning freelance photographer and journalist who routinely publishes in major newspapers such as The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Al Jazeera, De Groene Amsterdammer and the Mail & Guardian. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a Fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation and has received multiple reporting grants, e.g. from the Pulitzer Centre on Crisis Reporting, Free Press Unlimited and the European Journalism Center. Her reporting focuses mainly on underreported environment and development issues. She was awarded the 2018 Hostwriter Story Prize for a story on vanilla and illegal rosewood in Madagascar and received the Lorenzo Natali Media Prize for a reportage on gold mining in Mozambique in 2016. Nathalie studied Fine Arts in the Netherlands, the USA and Germany and has a master’s degree from Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany.

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

Grants/ Awards
2019   Reporters in the Field – Fellowship, Robert Bosch Foundation
             Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards– Shortlist
             Fonds BJP – grant
             Free Press Unlimited – grant
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

Articles (Selection)
De Groene Amsterdammer De nasmaak van de dood
Al Jazeera On the streets of DR Congo’s Goma, rap gives youth a voice
Tages-Anzeiger Händewaschen und Fiebermessen
Süddeutsche Zeitung Das Virus und der Krieg
De Groene Amsterdammer Oorlog en Ebola vormen in Noord-Kivu een dodelijke mix
Al Jazeera ‘They believed I was cursed with blindness because God was angry’
Internazionale Il gusto amaro della vaniglia
Courrier international Enquête. Plongée dans le trafic de vanille à Madagascar
De Groene Amsterdammer Vanillekoorts
The Guardian Madagascan gold: meet the vanilla hustlers
Mail & Guardian Fear sours the sweet scent of Madagascar’s success
New Internationalist Smoke and Mirrors: Revealing Malawi’s untold health and environmental crisis
The Guardian Illegal logging in Malawi: can clean cooking stoves save its forests?
Süddeutsche Zeitung Offenes Feuer, zerstörte Gesundheit
Süddeutsche Zeitung In der Giftküche von Malawi
Mo* – Mondiaal Nieuws Vrouwen roken zich dood, in de keuken
Mail & Guardian Moz digs garimpeiros out of trouble

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
             Bertrams: Crossing Borders – Vom Atlas zur Goldküste
             Bertrams: Crossing Borders – Vom Kap bis Kairo

Nathalie Bertrams
Photo: Tristen Taylor

Publications
Süddeutsche Zeitung, The Guardian, Mail & Guardian, Al Jazeera, Courrier international,
De Groene Amsterdammer, Internazionale, Dagbladet Information, Der Standard,
The Wall Street Journal, New Internationalist, Mo*magazine, 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

Exhibitions

2019   OSTRALE Biennale – Historische Tabakfabrik, Dresden
             Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards – Tbilisi, Georgia
             Migrants – Gallery West, London
2018   found a mentalism II, Saint James Cavalier, Malta
2017   What does peace look like? – UNESCO headquarters, Paris
             Wasser – Kunstverein Bad Nauheim
             OSTRALE’Biennale – Dresden
             [Passant souviens-toi, dit Sœurette] – La Médiathèque des Diasporas, Cotonou, Benin
             Kontinuum – Betonbox, Düsseldorf,
             Kontinuum II – Alfred Institute, Tel Aviv, Israel
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, Israel
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