Bénédicte Desrus is a Documentary Photographer.
She is represented by Sipa Press and covers breaking news for Reuters, working throughout Europe, East Africa, the United States and Latin America.
Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Harper’s magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Courrier International, Le Monde, The Star, Marie Claire, Internazionale, De Volkskrant, Grazia, Elle, Henne, Neon and The Sunday Times Magazine among others.
She focuses on humanitarian and social issues around the world and is currently concentrating on a long-term project documenting global obesity.
Her photography explores the lives of people ostracized by society, and the communities they form to survive and find respect. She often spends months with her subjects. Recent stories explored the lives of elderly sex workers living in a shelter in Mexico City and the persecution of homosexuals in Uganda.
Her photographs are published in the book: “40 ans de Photojournalisme : Génération Sipa” by Michel Setboun & Sylvie Dauvillier, © 2012, Éditions de La Martinière.
She has earned numerous awards and distinctions including:
2013 REVELA 2013. II International Photography Award for the Social Rights Holders, Winner.
2012 Mexico Contemporary Photography Contest – Mexican Foundation of Cinema and Arts – Coahuila, Category +36 – Winner
2012 The New York Photo Awards, Documentary category, Winner
2012 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention
2012 NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism, Still Photography, Contemporary Issues, Honorable Mention
2012 OPEN Photo – Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), First runner up
2012 PDN Photo Annual, Winner
2012 New York Photo Festival, Invitational Winner
2012 Kuala Lumpur International Photo Awards, Portrait category, Third Prize
2011 Pride Photo Award, First prize for Documentary
2011 Humanity Photo Awards, Education, Recreation, Sports & Technology Nomination Award
2011 XIV Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography, Exhibition
2011 Open Society Institute (OSI) – Moving Walls 18, Documentary Photography Exhibition