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BIO

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Born in Poland
Live in North of Ireland
Works Worldwide


mariusz.smiejek@gmail.com

Freelance visual storyteller specialising in the raw narrative of human and social conditions. Noted documentary work explores post conflict communities, refugee and asylum seekers, child slavery, street children, human trafficking, victimised women, dangerous livelihoods, corruption and systemic abuse.

Additionally, he work as a photography tutor in UK, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Portugal and Ghana.

He is founder and volunteer at Between Pictures Project.org


Clients include:

Siemens
Deutsche Presse Agentur
Politico
Die Welt
Le Temps
Fotogloria Advertising Agency in Germany
Royal College of Psychiatrists in Belfast
Der Hotelexperte Magazine
Check In Magazine
Northern Ireland Home & Lifestyle Magazine
Wydawnictwo Czarne
Gazeta Wyborcza
and many more...

Exhibitions, Presentations and Festivals
Group

2024
Marunouchi Photo Gallery and Art Space
Tokyo, Japan

2023
Splashlight Studios, New York

IPA Gala Awards and Exhibition

New York , USA

2023
Belfast Exposed, Photo Book Launch & Artist Talk
with Ed Kashi & Malachi O'D
oherty
Belfast, UK/North of Ireland

2023
Photo Museum Ireland, Photo Book Launch & Artist Talk
with Ed Kashi

Dublin, Ireland

2021
Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize Award exhibition.
Museum Fotografiska
New York. USA

2021
National Geographic Magazine contest exhibition.
Warsaw, Poland

 

2019
"Dream Slaves" Fa La Cosa Giusta.
Milan, Italy

 

2018
Grand Press Photo exhibitions.
Poland

 

2018
Portraits, Sisters.
The Andrews Gallery at Titanic Museum.
Belfast, UK

 

2018
Portraits, Women of The Peninsula,
Georgian Gallery, Ards Arts Center.
Ards, UK

 

2017
Grand Press Photo exhibitions.
Poland

 

2017
The Other Hundred - photo book exhibition, Educators.
Hong Kong, China

 

2015
National Geographic Magazine contest exhibitions.
Poland

 

2013
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition. Somerset House.
London, UK

 

2012
National Geographic Magazine contest exhibitions.
Poland.

Exhibitions, Presentations and Festivals
Solo

2024
Not Surrendering -  Służewski Dom Kultury, Warsaw
Poland

2023

Not Surrendering - Belfast Exposed Photo Gallery
UK/North of Ireland

2023

Galamsey - Rybnik Foto Festival
Poland

2023
Not Surrendering - Rybnik Foto Festival

Poland

2023

Not Surrendering - Galeria Centrala
Poland

2023

Not Surrendering - Fotofestival Łódź
Poland


2021
Rybnicki Festiwal Fotografi
Poland

2019
FotoCamp
Poland

2019
"Dream Slaves" - Alliance Française d'Accra.
Ghana

 

2019
"Dream Slaves" Festival - Incontro tra i popoli, Milan. Italy

 

2018
"Dream Slaves" 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - Bergamo,
Italy

 

2018
"Dream Slaves" Fa La Cosa Giusta - Palermo.
Italy

2018
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, John Hewitt International Summer School, Armagh.
UK

 

2015
Crescent Arts Centre Belfast, Northern Ireland.
UK

 

2014/02
Edgerton Performing Arts Center Gallery
Fairfield, SH University, Connecticut.
USA

 

2014/06
- Edgerton Performing Arts Center Gallery Fairfield, SH University, Connecticut.
USA

Publications

The New York Times
National Geographic
Der Spiegel
The British Journal of Photography
Time
BBC
Politico
Boston Review
Die Welt
Le Temps
The National
Duży Format
Wydawnictwo Czarne
Open Democracy
FotoEvidence
among many others...

Honours & Awards

2024
Kolga Tbilisi Award
Shortlisted
Georgia

2024
Gomma Photography Grant
Honorable mention
UK

2024
Tokyo International Foto Awards
First prize in category: Book/People
Japan

2023
Fotopolis, Publication of The Year
Nominated
Poland

2023
Lucie Foundation Photo Book Prize
Finalist in category: Independent First Book
USA

2023
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
& The National Lottery
Grant for Ethnic Minority Mentoring & Residency Programme.
UK

2023
International Photography Awards
First prize in category: Book/People
USA

2023

International Photography Awards
Top 5 jury selection
USA

2022

Belfast Photo Festival
Shortlisted
UK & Ireland


2021
Photography 4 Humanity Global Prize created by David Clark Cause with global partner United Nations Human Rights.
Finalist
USA

2021
World. Report Award. Documenting Humanity.
Festival della Fotografia Etica.
Shortlist in category: Spotlight.
Italy

2020
National Geographic Magazine Award.
First prize in category: Human and water.
Poland

2019
Arts Council of Northern Ireland &
The National Lottery Travel Award.
UK

 

2019
Monovision Photography Award,
Honourable mention in category: Portrait, series.
UK

2018
Grand Press Photo.
Second prize in category: Daily life, series.
Poland

2018
Grand Press Photo.
Shortlist in category: Portrait.
Poland

2017
Grand Press Photo.
Second prize in category: People, series.
Poland

2016
The Other Hundred Project
Educators - UK winner.
China

2015
National Geographic Magazine Award.
Special mention in category: Street photography.
Poland

2014
Fotofestiwal Łódz.
Honourable mention by Magnum Photos Agency.
Poland

2013
Sony World Photography Awards. Honourable mention.
UK

2013
Sony World Photography Awards. Honourable mention.
UK

2012
International Photography Award. Honourable mention.
USA

2012
National Geographic Magazine Award.
First prize in category: Reportage
Poland

2011
National Geographic International Photography Contest. Second prize.
UK & Ireland

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