Hi, I'm Michelle, 

I'm a photojournalist transitioning into cinematography in the UK. I am drawn to working on both narrative and documentary short films and am interested in projects whose themes that resonate. As a daughter of immigrant parents,  I've been dedicated to photo projects about identity and community and these themes now extend into my films. As a photographer my work has appeared in publications like The New York Times, Time.com, Discovery Channel and Der Spiegel amongst others.

Member of: Women Photograph Diversify Photo Authority Collective

Contact

michellewsiu@gmail.com

 +44 7908 050010

Currently based in Cambridge, UK. 




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)

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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