ABOUT ME

Nathalie Bertrams is an award-winning freelance photographer and journalist who documents ecological and social conflicts. She publishes in international media such as Al Jazeera, The Guardian, BBC News, Süddeutsche Zeitung, De Groene Amsterdammer, NRC Handelsblad and Mongabay and makes documentary films for Arte/ZDF and Deutsche Welle. She is a 2018 and 2021 National Geographic Explorer, was awarded the 2016 Lorenzo Natali Media Prize by the European Commission, and was shortlisted for the Fetisov Journalism Awards for Outstanding Investigative Reporting in 2022.

Study

1996–02  Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany (MFA)
1997–98  San Francisco Art Institute, USA
1988–93  Akademie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, NL (BA)

Grants

2022   IWMF – Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists
           Free Press Unlimited – Travel grant
           Journalismfund.eu – European Cross-Border Grant
2021   Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten – Reporting grant
           National Geographic Explorer – Storytelling grant
           Fonds BJP – Reporting grant
2020   IJ4EU – Investigative journalism grant    
           Fonds BJP – Reporting grant
2019   Robert Bosch Foundation – Reporters in the Field
           Earth Journalism Network – Reporting grant
           Fonds BJP – Reporting grant
           Free Press Unlimited – Travel grant
2018   National Geographic Explorer – Storytelling grant
           European Journalism Center – Global Health grant
           Free Press Unlimited – Reporting Grant          
2017   Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Grant
           Stiftung Kunstfonds – Project grant
2013   Joan Wakelin Bursary, Royal Photographic Society, London

Publications (selection)

De Groene Amsterdammer, In Ierland woedt een turfoorlog
De Groene Amsterdammer, Servië staat niet te koop
Vreme, Da li je Rio Tinto zaista otišao
Deutsche Welle Documentary, Big business with wildflowers – snowdrops from Georgia
Vreme, Pritajena kompanija, skrivena država
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Wo unsere Schneeglöckchen herkommen
Deutsche Welle, Living and working on Georgia’s largest garbage dump
Arte (Fernsehreportage), Re: Schneeglöckchen aus Georgien
De Groene Amsterdammer, Witte Bloemen van de Zwarte Zee
Süddeutsche Zeitung, EU-Gelder für das rumänische Donaudelta eingefroren
Süddeutsche Zeitung, Im Sumpf
De Groene Amsterdammer, De Georgische oppositie kampeert voor het parlement
NRC Handelsblad, 1,1 miljard aan EU-geld niet besteed aan Donaudelta
NRC Handelsblad, EU-investering moest de Roemeense natuur beschermen, maar …
Info Sud-Est, Where did the EU’s billion euros for the Danube Delta actually go?
G4Media, Unde a ajuns miliardul de euro de la UE pentru Delta Dunării
OZY, Crime, Corona, Copper and Trouble in Zambia
Mongabay, With a drastic decline in tropical fruit, Gabon’s mega-gardeners go hungry
Sunday Times, The gangsters who made a president
The Guardian – Wildlife forensics: how a giant pangolin named Ghost could save…
Washington Post Magazine – Through the Eyes of Women
Mail & Guardian – The story of SA’s biggest power plant, and its little town
Coal Town (Website) – The quest for South Africa’s first post-Apartheid city
Süddeutsche Zeitung – Phantom in Not
Tagesanzeiger – Das geheime Leben des Pangolin
Mongabay – They survived centuries of elephant onslaught. Now climate change…
BBC – ‘After the coral ban, I lost everything’
Tages-Anzeiger, Das Leiden der Zierfische
De Groene Amsterdammer – Vissen op Nemo’s
MO*, Hoe aquaria wereldwijd het koraalrif bedreigen
Süddeutsche Zeitung – Ausverkauf am Riff
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 – 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

Nathalie Bertrams, photographer and journalist

Media (Selection)

Arte/ZDF, Al Jazeera, BBC News, Chrismon, Courrier international, Deutsche Welle, De Groene Amsterdammer, Der Standard, Die Welt, Ethiopian Herald, Granta, Huffington Post, Information DK, Internazionale, Irish Times, La Corriere della Sera, Lettre International, Mail & Guardian, MO*, Mongabay, New Internationalist, NRC Handelsblad, PRI/The World, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Sunday Times, Tages-Anzeiger, The Ecologist, The Guardian, The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, Vreme, Washington Post

Awards

2022 Dejan Anastasijevic award, Serbia – Nomination
         Superscrieri award, Romania – Winner
         (Local news + Jury prize)
2021 Fetisov Journalism Awards, Switzerland – Shortlist
2020 Renovabis/N-ost – Research Prize Eastern Europe
2019 Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards, Georgia – Shortlist
2018 Hostwriter Story Prize (1st)
2017 Hostwriter Story Prize (2nd)
2016 Hostwriter Story Prize – Finalist
         Martin Lagois Photo Prize – Finalist
         Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards – Finalist
         Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards– Shortlist
2015 European Commission – Lorenzo Natali Media Prize
         Felix Schoeller Photo Awards – Shortlist & Finalist
         Humanity Photo Awards, Beijing
2011 World Photography Awards – Commended Photographer

 

Clients

African Renewable Energy Alliance, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, BMZ, GAGE, GiZ, Goethe Institute, Greenpeace, Fairtrade International, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Max Havelaar, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Oxfam, Rabobank, SVN Netherlands Development Organisation, Volkswagen AG, Welthungerhilfe, World Future Council

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

2022 Common Ground – BOA | Bunker of Art, Aachen
2021 Menschenrechte – Kloster Schiffenberg, Gießen
         The Renaissance Of Humility – Sankt Paulus, Brussels
2020 Parcours d’Artistes – St-Gilles/ Brussels
2019 Ostrale Biennale – Historische Tabakfabrik, Dresden
         Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards – Tbilisi, Georgia
         Migrants: A Journey – 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, Malaysia
         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 – Museum Osnabrück
         Bombensicher – Betonbox, Düsseldorf
2014 Kinolog: fremdartig – Schikaneder Cinema, Vienna
         Kunstpunkte – Betonbox, Düsseldorf
2013 Ostrale‘013 – Dresden
         Endstation Frohe Zukunft – 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 – HBF, 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, France
2007 D21:SALON 2007, D21, Leipzig
         Straßenleben, FiftyFifty-Galerie, Düsseldorf
2005 Nacht der Museen, FiftyFifty Galerie, Düsseldorf
         Into the Unknown, FiftyFifty Galerie, Düsseldorf
2004 In Bewegung, Kunsthalle Gießen
2003 Körperhaus, zeitraum_ex!t Büro für Kunst, Mannheim
2002 Wellness, Kunstraum PLUS, Düsseldorf
2001 Transit (II), Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf
         Transit, Warehouse #20, Art Port Nagoya, Japan
         Ausfahrt, Kunstverein Oberhausen
2000 Het menselijk lichaam, Bonnefanten-Museum, Maastricht
         Compilation, Kunstraum PLUS, Düsseldorf
         Wasser/L’Eau, Musée de St. Paul de Vence, France
1999 PLUS, Kunstraum PLUS, Düsseldorf
1998 Het Groene Boek, De Bank, Enschede, Netherlands
         Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
         Cultural Institute Cairo, Egypt
1997 10 x 10, Kunstakademie Düsseldorf
1996 Spektakel 96: Photographie, Düsseldorf
1994 Symposium, Thun, Switzerland
         Galerie Loehrl, Mönchengladbach
1993 Die Anderen Zehn, NeuerAachenerKunstverein, Aachen
         Galerie Tracé, Maastricht