Hi! I'm Michelle, a Canadian photojournalist transitioning into cinematography and based in East London, UK. 

After a decade as a photojournalist, I have spent the last three years shooting short films, interning at a documentary production company; teaching photography to teens dealing with mental health issues and trauma; and completing an MA in Film and TV Production where I learned the basics of camera operating and post-production; while also becoming a mother. 

I am taking on work as a camera operator for short-form films and edit assisting to build on my technical skills.  I am familiar with Sony and Canon camera systems as I own a Sony Fx6 and A7IV and have been a life-long Canon photography. 

I love collaborating on short films told with authenticity and interested in meeting creatives who are curious about new ways of seeing whether that be through narrative or unscripted work as I am striving in these ways myself. Through the lens of a daughter of immigrant parents to Canada, I am particularly drawn to personal projects with the theme of identity and girlhood. 

As a photojournalist, I have spent nearly a decade focusing on sensitive stories through portraiture and photo essays and my work has appeared in The New York Times, Time.com, Discovery Channel and Der Spiegel amongst others. Please get in touch for photo commissions.

To get in touch contact:

 michellewsiu(at)gmail(dot)com

 +44 7908 050010




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RECOGNITION

  • 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

VISUAL ARTS EDUCATION

  • 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

GRANTS

  • 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

GROUP EXHIBITION

  • 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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