Selma van der Bijl (1979) studied International Business and worked in the fast-moving consumer goods business (Nestle, Nielsen) for more than 10 years. In 2012 she quit her job as a consultant, started studying at the Fotoacademie and graduated in December 2017. With an image of a home birth she won the first prize in the Art, Culture and Entertainment category at the Zilveren Camera. With her (graduation) series about refugee family reunifications she won the first Paul Peters Photo Prize, an award for social documentary photography. In her work she focuses on milestones such as births, weddings and reunions. She likes to get close into peoples lives to capture important and authentic moments.