Michelle Siu is a photographer now focused on cinematography in the UK.

She seeks to create intimate visual stories which resonate with her lived experiences. Creating stories grounded in truth and painted with the magic of fiction is her current playground. 

After eight years as a freelance photojournalist, she found her stregnth in documentary and portrait photography. She learned on the job and had assignments for international publications including the New York Times and has been nominated for Canada's Photojournalist of the Year and World Press Photo's Joop Swart Masterclass amongst others. 

Michelle is now bringing her experiences, imagination and technical skills into cinematography. She has worked as a Second AC and Camera Trainee on HETV productions in the UK and as a production technician at Dash Pictures. She is actively looking for Spark Trainee roles and to collaborate on short films as the Director of Photography. 

She is currently working on her first mixed-media exhibition project. And has a long-standing love for analogue photography which extends into her film projects. 

She is looking to collaborate with artists who create openly, with authenticity and with those who prioritise representation and duty-of-care in their work.

She is Canadian based in the UK and a proud member of Diversify Photo and Women Photograph.


  • 2020 Winning DoP- ARRI Filmmaking Challenge-Watersprite Film Festival
  • 2020 Winning Director-NAHEMI Kodak 16mm Film Student Competition
  • 2019 Aesthetica Short Film Festival - NAHEMI Showcase"Creative Visions" 
  • 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass-  World Press Photo Awards- Nominated
  • 2017 & 2016 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward winner
  • 2015 Photograph of the Year, Canada's National Pictures of the Year
  • 2014&2015 Canada's Photojournalist of the Year, nominated
  • 2015 Pictures of the Year International Award of Excellence- Feature Picture Story
  • 2015 NPPA Best of Photojournalism- First Place, Portrait and Personality
  • 2015 National Newspaper Awards Project of the Year 
  • 2014 Lens Culture’s Emerging Talent Award 


  •  2023 Sara Putt Associates Trainee Scheme
  • 2023 Becoming A Camera Trainee: Intensive hands-Samara Addai & Lou Macnamara
  • 2022 Davinci Resolve certificate short course
  • 2017 Ed Kashi, Vii Photo Agency & Jim Estrin, New York Times mentorship program
  • 2017 + 2015 New York Times portfolio review
  • 2014 Missouri Photo Workshop + Scholarship
  • 2014 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop + Scholarship , Guatemala
  • 2012  Eddie Adams Workshop, New York

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