Dawid Zieliński is a self-taught documentary photographer with main focus on social and humanitarian issues. He aims to give voice to the victims of social injustice, political upheaval and civil unrest, both in Poland and abroad.
Dawid studied human geography at Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.
In 2015 he started covering European refuge crisis, travelling toTurkey, Greece, Balkan states and Hungary numerous times. He then gradually shifted his interest from news-related reporting to documenting long-term impact of migration, the still ongoing work is collectively known as Foreign Landscape.
His recent work also includes Lasting Grievance, an investigation into forced resettlement of minority communities in Poland after World World II and its contemporary consequences.
Dawid has won several awards including Pictures Of the Year International (POYI), NPPA Best of Photojournalism, International Photography Awards (IPA). His press debut in 2016 earned him Grand Press Photo of the Year, highly acclaimed in his native Poland.
Dawid has been working as a contributing photographer for Magazyn Kontakt since 2016. He's been a member of APP collective since 2020. He currently lives in Poland.
Awards and recognitions:
2021 - VIEWS Deutsche Bank Award 2021 (with APP)
2020 - Polish Ministry of Culture Scholarship recipient
2020 - Px3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris - State of the World - Shortlist
2020 - Px3 Prix de la Photographie de Paris - Press/Feature story - Honorable Mention
2020 - CDS Documentary Essay Prize - Finalist
2020 - TAI Photo Grant - Finalist
2019 - Krzysztof Miller Prize - Finalist
2019 - PhotOn Festival - #PHENAwardPhotonGrant
2018 - International Photography Awards - Deeper Perspective - Honorable Mention
2018 - Grand Press Photo - People singles - Finalist
2017 - Pictures Of the Year International (POYI) - Feature singles - Award of Excellence
2017 - NPPA Best of Photojournalism - International News Singles - 3rd place
2017 - DOC! Photo Debuts selection
2016 - Grand Press Photo - Photo Of The Year
2016 - Grand Press Photo - News singles - 1st place