Michelle Siu is a Chinese-Canadian photojournalist and documentary photographer starting a second career in cinematography in London, UK. 

For nearly a decade she has photographed for publications including the New York Times and has been nominated for Canada's Photojournalist of the Year. She is a camera trainee while managing camera kit as a part-time freelance Production Technician at Dash Pictures.

As a daughter of immigrant parents to Canada, her film and photo projects often centre around the theme of identity and girlhood. She is currently working on her first short fantasy screenplay.



IG: @michellewsiu

 +44 7908 050010



  • 2020 Winning Cinematographer ARRI Filmmaking Challenge-Watersprite Film Festival
  • 2020 Winning Editor-  2020 Canon NAHEMI Extraordinary Times Covid19 Challenge
  • 2020 Winning Director NAHEMI Kodak 16mm Film Student Commercial Competition- Best Overall, Best Cinematography, Best in Brief
  • 2020 Winner Photojournalist/Writer - Best Arts & Culture Storytelling & Photo Story Digital Publishing Award 
  • 2019 Aesthetica Short Film Festival - NAHEMI Showcase featuring "Creative Visions" short
  • 2019 Nominated Photojournalist- Joop Swort Masterclass
  • 2016 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographer- -Selected Photographer
  • 2017 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographer-  Selected Photographer
  • 2015 Canada's Photojournalist of the Year (honorable mention)
  • 2015 Pictures of the Year International Award of Excellence, Feature Picture Story- Photojournalist
  • 2015 NPPA Best of Photojournalism- First Place, Portrait and Personality
  • 2015 NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Best Published Picture Story
  • 2015 Photograph of the Year, National Pictures of the Year
  • 2015 First Place Portrait, National Pictures of the Year
  • 2015 First Place Picture Story, National Pictures of the Year
  • 2015 American Photography 31- selected photographer
  • 2015 Michener Award for excellence in Canadian public service journalism
  • 2015 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Emerging Photographer- Selected Photographer
  • 2015 National Newspaper Awards Project of the Year - project contribution
  • 2015 PDN Photo Annual- selected photographer
  • 2014 LensCulture’s Emerging Talent Award- winning photographer
  • 2014 UNICEF Photo of the Year nominee
  • 2014 Canada's Photojournalist of the Year- honorable mention
  • 2014 Picture Story 1st Place, National Pictures of the Year
  • 2014 Social Issues 2nd Place, National Pictures of the Year
  • 2012 Sony World Photography Awards, “Campaign” photo series top 10 shortlisted
  • 2012 Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award winner/The Canadian Press Intern


  • 2021 MA Film and Television Production, Anglia Ruskin University, UK
  • 2017+ 2015 New York Times portfolio review, selected participant
  • 2014 Missouri Workshop Team Eppridge Award 
  • 2014 Foundry Photojournalism Workshop alumni + scholarship recipient 
  • 2012 Eddie Adams Workshop, alumni 

  • 2010 Loyalist College- Photojournalism Diploma (one term)
  • 2006 BA Media Studies, University of Guelph-Humber


  • 2018 APAD Backyard Storytelling Grant- top 4 short listed
  • 2015 Ontario Arts Council Emerging Visual Artists Grant
  • 2015 Economic Hardship Reporting Project, photojournalism grant recipient 2015
  • 2015 Photocrati Fund photography grant, honorable mention
  • 2014 APA/Lucie Foundation Scholarship, photography grant shortlist


  • 2017 VICE annual photo show, Montreal & Toronto
  • 2017- Contact Photography Festival Feature Show
  • 2017 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Exhibition
  • 2017 Museum of Drug Policy exhibition2017 Working Title- Personal Work
  • 2016 Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Exhibition
  • 2015 Photovile’s The Fence—Brooklyn, Atlanta and Houston 
  • 2015 Magenta Flash Forward Exhibition

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