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
           Earth Journalism Network – Reporting grant
           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

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 – Rwanda’s Prized Forest Policy
           Bertrams: Crossing Borders – Vom Atlas zur Goldküste
           Bertrams: Crossing Borders – Vom Kap bis Kairo

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] – 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

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

Clients (Selection)
Greenpeace, Oxfam, GAGE/ODI, World Future Council, Fairtrade, GIZ, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Heinrich Böll Foundation, African Renewable Energy Alliance, Welthungerhilfe, Goethe Institute Ethiopia, Volkswagen

Articles (Selection)
BBC ‘After the coral ban, I lost everything’
Süddeutsche Zeitung Das Leiden der Zierfische
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

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