Anne Ackermann is a documentary photographer based in Germany working worldwide.
She is a grantee of VG Bildkunst Germany (2012 & 2017) and Photoreporter Festival France, a finalist at the International Women Photographers Award (IWPA) and The Jacob Riis Award and a member of photo agency FOCUS and Women Photograph. In 2018 she was selected for the Nikon NOOR Masterclass in Zurich, Switzerland.
Her work often focuses on women’s and contemporary issues, touching themes ranging from migration and aftermath to skin bleaching and plastic surgery, from environmental disasters to child marriages.
She was awarded 1st prize with her piece on intersexuality by “profamilia journalism award’ in 2012 and shortlisted for the prestigious Hansel Mieth Preis in Germany in 2015.
Her work regularly appears in publications like GEO, Die Zeit, Terra Mater, Stern, Chrismon or organisations like the UN or USAID. Her photos have been exhibited internationally like at the New York Photo Festival, PhotoGrafia Festival Rome, Angkor Photo Festival, Triennial of Photography Hamburg and Alliance Francaise Dubai. Anne occasionally lectures at photo workshops.
She graduated from College of Fine Arts Hamburg with a master in Visual Communication/ Media in 2006 and has also studied photography and photojournalism in Buenos Aires, Argentina and at Danish School of Journalism, Århus, Denmark.
2017 - Jacob Riis Documentary Award ( Finalist), 2017 - IWPA ( finalist), 2015 - Hansel Mieth Preis, 2012 - pro familia "sexualities" award
In the tiny self-declared Turkish Republic
of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) over 100,000
mostly international students are currently
enrolled in a total of 20 universities, hence
its nickname: “education island”. The revenues from these students, of which
as many as 20,000 come from African
countries, are the backbone of the economy
of this internationally unrecognized piece
of land. Many of the young Africans were
brought to the island by malicious agents
advertising free scholarships for “studying
in Europe”. Yet this is not Europe. While
they struggle to pay tuition fees and cover
the high costs of living, many face racism,
economic hardship and a general feeling
of being stuck. When going back home is
not an option and the gates to Europe are
closed, life on a “no man’s island” often