Brent Stirton

Brent Stirton is a New York based South African photographer with an extensive history in the documentary world. He is the senior staff photographer for Reportage by Getty Images. Brent’s work has been published by National Geographic Magazine, Human Rights Watch, TIME, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, GEO, CNN and many other respected international titles.

He has been a long time photographer for WWF, The World Wide Fund for Nature, shooting campaigns on sustainability and the environment. He has worked for the Ford, Clinton, and Gates foundations, The Nike Foundation and the World Economic Forum.

Brent was elected a Young Global leader, an affiliate program of the World Economic Forum, in 2008. He is also a Canon Ambassador, one of 12 photographers representing Canon photography. Brent has worked extensively on water issues in the majority world, photographing in more than 30 countries on this theme. He has photographed extensive essays on HIV/AIDS issues across multiple countries in an ongoing long-term project.

Brent Has received 7 awards from World Press Photo and 7 awards from Pictures of the Year International contest. He has received 6 Lucie Awards including International Photographer of the Year. He has also received awards from the Overseas Press Club, the Frontline Club, the Deadline Club, Days Japan, China International Photo Awards, the Leads Awards Germany, Graphis, the London Association of Photographers, Communication Arts, American Photography, American Photo, and the American Society of Publication Designers.

Brent has received 2 awards from the United Nations for his work on the environment and in the field of HIV/AIDS. He has won the Visa D’Or for Magazine photography at Visa Pour L’Image. He also won the National Magazine Award for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo for National Geographic Magazine.

Brent guided and appeared in a documentary on Virunga National Park in Conflict for National Geographic Television. The documentary won the Emmy for Best Documentary Feature as well as a Bafta Award for Best Documentary. In 2012 Brent received a Peabody Award for his work with Human Rights Watch for most significant work in an electronic medium.

His work has appeared in numerous print shows around the world and his images are in a number of Museum collections.

Brent currently spends most of his time working on long-term investigative projects for National Geographic Magazine and Global NGO’s. He remains committed to issues relating to Global health, diminishing cultures, sustainability and the environment.