Mikolaj Nowacki was born in Wroclaw, Poland in 1972. He is a graduate of the University of Wroclaw, where he obtained a law degree in 1997. Nowacki then began Ph.D. studies, pursuing a doctoral thesis that examined environmental aspects of International Space Law. However, Nowacki renounced law and discontinued his studies to focus on his other passion, photography.
From 2004 - 2006 he worked full time as a photojournalist with Poland's most influential daily, Gazeta Wyborcza. He also worked with Finland's national paper the Helsingin Santomat. From 2006-2011 Nowacki worked for a daily, Polska the Times.
Nowacki participated in several workshops with National Geographic photographer Tomasz Tomaszewski, with Kent Kobersteen, Director of Photography and Senior Editor at National Geographic, with Christopher Morris and with Antonin Kratochvil, co-founders of VII Photo.
Nowacki published his photos and photo-essays e.g. at The New York Times Lens Blog, CNN Photos, Burn Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, Le Monde, Neue Zürcher Zeitung and Polish editions of National Geographic and National Geographic Traveler.
Nowacki has won numerous awards in Polish photography contests e.g. in Grand Press Photo and BZWBK Press Photo. In 2014 he was shortlisted at the Sony World Photography Awards and also achieved an Honorable Mention at the NPPA Best of Photojournalism.
From 2011-2013, Nowacki was mentored by Antonin Kratochvil at the VII Photo Agency's Mentor Program.
In 2011, he took part in a group exhibition, iSee with VII photographers at the Griffin Museum of Photography in Boston, USA and in 2013 in Queretaro, Mexico.
In 2013 Nowacki had his solo exhibition "Odra" at the VII gallery in New York.
In 2014, Nowacki's "Odra" was exhibited in China during the Xishuangbanna Photo Festival. He received there a "Nomination for the Best Photographers" as one of the ten best photographers of the festival.
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