After graduating from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent (Belgium) in 1997, I worked ten years as a photojournalist, realizing reportages in the Balkans and the Middle East. In 2006 I decided to fully concentrate on long-term documentary projects. In 2009 I published my first book ‘Red Journey’, about transition in the former Soviet Union. In 2011 I made a book about traditions in Belgium. In 2010 I started working on ‘The Continuity of Man’, a longterm documentary project of the Mediterranean region. This book and exhibition was launched at the Museum of Photography in Antwerp (B) in november 2014.
Since 2008 I teach documentary photography at the Academy / The School of Arts in Ghent. I exhibited in FotoMuseum (Antwerp), Bozar Centre for Fine Arts (Brussels), Flanders Center (Osaka), Breda Photo (Breda) amongst others.
History and crisis, beauty and desperation: from mass migrations to toppled governments, failed revolutions and endless beaches, this 5-year long photo series showcases the ever-changing faces of an unchanging constant: the Mediterranean.
In addition to the six top winners, 25 remarkable international photographers have garnered special praise by the jury this year.