About me

Nathalie Bertrams is a freelance photojournalist and National Geographic Explorer based in Athens, Greece. She reports on environmental conflicts, human rights and social justice, mainly in Africa. Nathalie’s work is published in media such as The Guardian, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post Magazine, BBC and De Groene Amsterdammer. She also makes TV documentaries for ZDF/Arte. She is a member of the International Press Institute, Reporters without Borders, Frontline Freelance Register, and Women Photograph.


1994 – 2002
1997 – 1998
1988 – 1993

Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, Germany – MFA
Nagoya Zokei University of Art & Design, Japan – Artist residency
Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France – Artist residency
San Francisco Art Institute, USA – Postgraduate Studies
Akademie Beeldende Kunsten Maastricht, Netherlands – BA


Al Jazeera, Arte/ZDF, BBC News, Chrismon, Courrier international, Daily Maverick, Dagbladet Information, Deutsche Welle, De Groene Amsterdammer, Der Standard, Die Welt, Die Zeit, Financial Times, Granta, Hinterlands, Internazionale, Irish Times, La Corriere della Sera, Lettre International, Mail & Guardian, MO*, Mongabay, New Internationalist, NRC, PRI/The World, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Sunday Times, Tages-Anzeiger, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Wall Street Journal, Voice of America, Vreme, Washington Post Magazine

NGOs & Clients

African Renewable Energy Alliance, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg, BMZ, GAGE, GiZ, Goethe Institute, Greenpeace, Fairtrade International, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Max Havelaar, Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Oxfam, Rabobank, SVN Netherlands Development Organisation, UNOPS, Volkswagen, Welthungerhilfe, World Future Council

Grants & Awards










Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards, Georgia – Shortlist
Journalismfund Europe – Earth Investigations Grant, Cameroon
Dejan Anastasijević Award for Investigative Journalism, Serbia – Winner
Superscrieri Award, Romania – Winner local news + jury prize
Dejan Anastasijevic award, Serbia – Nomination
Journalismfund Europe – Earth Investigations Grant, Guinea
IWMF – Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists, Ireland
Journalismfund Europe – European Cross-Border Grant, Serbia
Free Press Unlimited – Reporting grant, Ireland
Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten – Suriname & the Netherlands
National Geographic Explorer – Storytelling grant
Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten – Reporting grant, Georgia
Fetisov Journalism Awards – Shortlist for Outstanding Investigative Reporting
N-Ost/Renovabis – Research Prize Eastern Europe, Georgia
IJ4EU – Investigative Reporting Grant, Romania
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards– Shortlist
Robert Bosch Foundation – Reporters in the Field fellowship, Indonesia + Singapore
Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten – Reporting grant
Free Press Unlimited – Reporting grant, Kenya
Earth Journalism Network – Reporting grant
National Geographic Explorer – Storytelling grant
Hostwriter Story Prize – Winner
European Journalism Center – Global Health Journalism grant, DRCongo
Free Press Unlimited – Reporting Grant, Madagascar
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting – Reporting grant, Malawi
Stiftung Kunstfonds – Project grant, Israel
Hostwriter Story Prize – Winner
Martin Lagois Photo Prize – Finalist
Kuala Lumpur International Photoawards – Finalist
Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards– Shortlist
European Commission – Lorenzo Natali Media Prize, Mozambique
Felix Schoeller Photo Awards – Shortlist & Finalist



Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: Toxic Planet
Bertrams/Gazit: Outcast – Refugees in Israel
International Journal of Media and Information Policy (MIPJ): Indigenous Edition
World Future Council: Kinderrechte
Bertrams: Madagascar. Travel photography
Bertrams/Neuberger: Forests for People – Insights into Rwanda’s Forest Policy
Bertrams: Crossing Borders – Vom Atlas zur Goldküste
Bertrams: Crossing Borders – Vom Kap bis Kairo

Hefat training


Cosain Consultancy & Acos Alliance, Birmingham, UK


Reporters Without Borders, International Press Institute, Frontline Freelance Register, Women Photograph