Photo by  Thea Pedersen

Photo by Thea Pedersen

I'm a freelance photojournalist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. I'm available for all types of assignments internationally as well as in Denmark but I specialize in human interest stories and editorial portraits. 

I think it's compassion and curiosity towards other people that drives me. And it's this curiosity that's brought me all over the world meeting people in very different circumstances. Homeless teens close to my current neighborhood in Copenhagen, miners in Greenland,  inhabitants of a small city in Alaska, refugees all over Europe and in Turkey, Maoris in New Zealand and many others. Everyone with a unique story to tell. 

I graduated from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in 2011 with a degree in photojournalism. Having studied media science prior to my bachelor and having specialized in tv production as part of my BA I'm fluent in both moving and still images. To me it's the story that's important - not the media. 

That being said I currently do a lot of still photography for a wide range of Danish and international clients and my pictures have been published in international publications like The Wall Street Journal, Stern Magazin, The Washington Post and The Guardian and in Danish newspapers and magazines like Ekstra Bladet, Politiken, Information, Jyllands-Posten and Euroman.


2018: Editorial Photographer of the Year, International Photo Awards.
1st place, International Photo Awards, Editorial-War/Conflict.
Gold and silver at Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris.
2018: 3rd prize at the Sony World Photography Awards in Current affairs & News.
2018: 2nd prize at the Istanbul Photo Awards in Single News.
2018: Winner of the Danish Photo of the Year (Årets Pressefoto).
2016: First prize in the Danish POY (Årets pressefoto, 2015/16) for best foreign reportage. 
2016: 3rd place, International Photo Awards, Editorial-General News.
2016: Part of the Daily Press exhibition at the Visa pour l'Image photo festival.
2016: Honorable mention at Moscow International Foto Awards, MIFA.
2015: Part of the Daily Press exhibition at the Visa pour l'Image photo festival.
2010: First prize in the Danish POY (Årets pressefoto, 2009/10) for best portrait. 
2010: Exhibition dedicated to the European year for combating poverty and social exclusion.
2009: Part of the Danish POY 2008/09 exhibition.

Working experience

2012 - present: Freelance photographer in Copenhagen, Denmark
2011 - 2012: Staff photographer at the Danish daily Ekstra Bladet (A seven month temporary position).


2007 - 2011: Studied photojournalism at The Danish School of Media and Journalism.
2009 - 2010: Internship at the Danish daily Ekstra Bladet.
2002 - 2006: Studied media science at the University of Southern Denmark.