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Born in Ulm, Germany, Nanna Heitmann bases herself in Moscow where she covers current events, such as the invasion of Ukraine, while pursuing longterm projects that often focus the way people respond to and interact with their environment. 

Heitmann has documented the effects of climate change, such as catastrophic forest fires and melting permafrost in Siberia (As Frozen Lands Burn), as well as the peatlands of the Congo Basin, which serve as the world’s largest carbon reservoir (Beneath The Trees). She has been published by National GeographicTime, and M Le Magazine du Monde, among others, and contributes to The New York Times and the New Yorker. Her visual journalism has been recognized with numerous prizes, including the Olivier Rebbot Award for her work on Russia’s Covid experience, and a World Press Photo Award for her story on forest fires.

Heitmann became a Magnum nominee in 2019, joining on the strength of two bodies of personal work that both deal with issues of isolation — physical, social and spiritual. Weg vom Fenster (‘Gone From the Window’), focused upon the inhabitants of Germany’s last operating coal mine. And for Hiding From Baba Yaga – a project whose title is inspired by the witch of Slavic folklore – Heitmann followed the world’s longest river from the Republic of Tuva northward through Siberia, photographing the lives of people living on the remote banks of the Yenisei River. Her gaze conveys the dignity and humanity of these people and allows the viewer to look at them with curiosity and empathy. 

Heitmann became a full member of magnum in 2023.


Awards / Grants

2024 Danish Siddiqui Award (85th Annual Overseas Press Club Awards)

2023 STERN Award (former Henri-Nannen Preis) best Photo Story of the Year

2023 Françoise Demulder Award

2022 Leica Oscar Barnack Award shortlist

2022 World Press Photo, Europe, Stories

2021 America’s Olivier Rebbot Award for best photographic news reporting from abroad in any medium

2020 The 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch 2020

2020 Honorable Mention | PHmuseum 2020 Women Photographers Grant

2020 shortlist W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass Participant

2019 Ian Parry – Award for Achievement

2019 Winner of Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award

2019 PHmuseum Photography Grant- new generation prize, honorable mention 

2019 shortlist Gomma Grant

2018 Vogue Italia Prize at the PH Museum women photographers grant

2018 Lensculture- Emerging Talents, shortlisted

2018 Vonovia Award für Fotografie, newcomer prize

2018 shortlisted for PHmuseum Women Photographers Grant – Verzasca FOTO Prize 

2018 student award winner of World.Report Award 2018 | Documenting Humanity

2018 Magenta Foundation- Top 100

2018 Shortlisted for Kolga Award, Georgia

2018 First prize Forum Geschichtskultur an Ruhr und Escher e.V.

2018 Rovinj Photodays final selection

2018 Riga Photomonth Selection, Latvia

2018 Belgrade New Talent Award

2017 BFF- Förderpreis

2016 Dating ohne Date | Juliane Bartel Medienpreis – Online Video

2015 German Youth Photo Prize, Germany


Solo Shows

2024 «Krieg und Frieden», LWL-Museum, Hattingen

2023 «Krieg und Frieden», Galerie für Fotografie, Hannover

2021 The Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway

2020 Zingst, Leica Gallery

2019 Landau, Strieffler Haus


Group Shows

2024 Close enough: New Perspectives from 12 Women Photographers of Magnum, Kunstfoyer, Munich

2023 Close enough: New Perspectives from 12 Women Photographers of Magnum,  Hangar Art Center, Brussels, Belgium

2023 Perpignan “War is Peace”

2022 Icp- Close enough: New Perspectives from 12 Women Photographers of Magnum

2022 Berlin Photo Week

2021 “Essere Umane – Le grandi fotografe raccontano il mondo”, Museo San Domenico di Forlì, Italy

2021 Paris Photo

2020 Photo London

2020 Capitis Studios / Berlin

2020 Manege Central Exhibition Hall, St. Petersburg, As They See Us. A Portrait of Russia by the Magnum Agency

2019 Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin

2019 Perpignan off 

2019 Cortona on the Move, Italy

2019 Red hook Labs, Brooklyn

2019 Voies off Award, Arles (screening)

2019 Kunstmuseum Bochum 

2019 Kommunale Gallerie, Berlin 

2018 Klompching Gallery – LensCulture 2018 Emerging Talent Award, NYC

2018 Festival della Fotografia Etica, Lodi, Italy 

2018 Triennale der Photographie, Hamburg 

2018 Photokina- BFF Förderpreis, Cologne, Germany 

2018 Pixel Projekt Ruhr, Wissenschaftspark Gelsenkirchen 

2018 Kolga Tblisi Award, Tblisi, Georgia

2018 Riga Photo Month, Riga, Latvia  (screening) 

2018 Rovinj Photodays  (screening) 

2018 Belgrade Photomonth

2017 German Youth Photo Award, Forum Gestaltung, Magdeburg, Germany 

2016 Die Provinz aus neuer Sicht(group) | Pix. House – Ort für Fotografie in Poznan, Polen

2015 Linden Leben | Kulturhalle Faust in Hannover 

2015 German Youth Photo Award, photokina, Cologne, Germany 

2015 German Youth Photo Award, Haus der Geschichte, Berlin, Germany