Nanna Heitmann (b. 1994 in Ulm, Germany) is a documentary photographer and a Magnum associate, who is currently based in Moscow, Russia. In addition to reporting on current events, particularly in Russia, her work often looks at the way people respond to and interact with their environment: She has reported on the effects of climate change and the catastrophic forest fires in Siberia, the lungs of the world: The peatlands of the Congo Basin, but also the lives of people living along the remote benches of the Yenisei River.

She has received awards that include the World Press Photo Award, the Olivier Rebbot Award and the Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomer Award, Worldpress Photo, as well as the Ian Parry Award of Achievement and has been listed on “The 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch”. Heitmann’s work has been published by National Geographic, TIME Magazine, M Le Magazine du Monde among others and she works on assignments for outlets including The New York Times and the New Yorker among others. 


Awards / Grants

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

2021 The Nobel Peace Center, Oslo, Norway

2020 Zingst, Leica Gallery


Group Shows

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

2021 Paris Photo

2020 Photo London- online

2020 Capitis Studios / Berlin

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

2020 Outdoor exhibition on the Pandemic, Moscow, Vdnkh

2019 Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Neue Schule für Fotografie Berlin

2019 Landau, Strieffler Haus

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