Noriko Hayashi is a Japanese photographer focusing on social issue and human conditions in different parts of the world.
Noriko began taking pictures for a small local newspaper “The Point” in The Gambia, West Africa in 2007, when she was an university student in International Relations and Conflict studies.
Working in a small place like Gambia, which is rarely the focus of international news but is full of interesting stories taught her the value of detailing the overlooked realities of every stand of society.
Her work has been recognized with awards including the 1st prize of NPPA Best of Photojournalism in contemporary issue stories 2014, the Visa d’Or feature award at the Visa Pour I’image 2013 in France, , the 1st prize of DAYS JAPAN international Photojournalism award in 2012. Her documentary work was also finalist for the Alexia Foundation Professional Award 2013. Noriko was selected to participate Joop Swart Masterclass in 2015.
Noriko’s works have been published internationally such as The Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Der Spiegel, National Geographic Japan, Marie Claire UK and Russia, Le Monde and Newsweek.com, DAYS JAPAN.
2015 - Joop Swart Masterclass , 2014 - 1st Prize NPPA Best of Photojournalism , 2013 - the Visa d’Or feature award the Visa Pour I’image, 2012 - 1st Prize DAYS international photojournalism award
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