Sanne Derks is a Dutch freelance photojournalist and anthropologist, mainly focused on social documentary projects in Latin America. She is a member of Women Photograph. Her work is published in international media such as The Guardian, El País, Deutsche Welle and Al Jazeera. Currently she is working on a long-term project on Cuba's hidden water crisis, funded by the Dutch Fund for Special Journalist Projects and Fonds Anna Cornelis for documentary photographers.
She is holding a Master in the Psychology of Culture and Religion (2003) and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and Gender Studies (2009). Her dissertation focused on the ways women dealt with poverty, domestic violence and ethnic exclusion at a Bolivian pilgrimage shrine. After her PhD she moved towards a more visual way of storytelling and made the documentary 'Mary in Times of Crisis' featuring the protagonists of her dissertation, while simultaneously working as a lecturer in Applied Psychology. In 2015-2016 she did a postgraduate in Photojournalism at the UAB in Barcelona and started as a freelance international storyteller, mixing anthropological themes and methods with photography.
AWARDS, GRANTS, MENTIONS AND WORKSHOPS
-New York Times Portfolio Review; selected participant
-Reporters in the Field Grant, Robert Bosch Stiftung; winner
-Zilveren Camera, third prize international documentary; winner
-6x6 Global Talent Program, World Press Photo Foundation; nominee
-Masterclass Visual Storytelling 2019-2020, Lens Culture; selected participant
-Anna Cornelis Fund 2019; winner
-ISSP Latvia workshop Storytelling by Tanya Habjouqa; selected participant
-Talent Development Grant, Dutch Province of Gelderland; winner
-Dutch Fund for Special Journalist Projects; winner
2019 - 6x6 Global Talent Programme