Since 1998 I work as a freelance photographer with a focus on documentary, portrait, travel and corporate. I realise assignments for clients – national and international magazines and newspapers, also non-government organizations, enterprises and advertising agencies – worldwide. In addition to commissioned works, I am still working on personal projects. For my reportages I am following the requirements of a socially engaged photojournalism. Mostly these stories are about being human.
In 2003 I took an entire year off to study photo journalism at London College of Communication. Since 2006 I am represented by photo agency laif and became a contributing photographer to Redux Pictures in 2012. From 2009 on I regularly work for the New York Times. I joined the course ‘Protection and behavior in crisis centers’ for journalists of the German Federal Ministry of Defense in 2012. Furthermore I regularly lead different photo workshops and have been a jury member of various photo awards in Germany and the USA.
For assignments and independent projects I had already travelled to Palestine, Russia, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Senegal, Tanzania, Cuba, Canada and across Europe.
Among others for: Aftenposten, Dagens Næringsliv, de Volkskrant, Die Zeit, Handelsblatt, International Herald Tribune, NRC Handelsblad, NZZ am Sonntag, taz, The New York Times / International New York Times, The Sunday Telegraph, The Times, The Washington Post,
Brigitte, CashFlow, chrismon, Corriere della Sera SETTE Magazine, Der Spiegel, Focus, Impulse, M – Le magazine du Monde, National Geographic, NEWS Magazine, Newsweek, Nido, stern, The Fader Magazine, The New York Times Magazine,
Attac, Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, Bundesjugendring, Caritas, Christian Aid, DGB, Greenpeace, IG-Metall, medico international, Oxfam, Transparency International, UNHCR, ver.di,
Audi, AVM, ARTHEN KOMMUNIKATION GmbH, Deutsche Post, Northwestern University, SILVERKRIS (Singapore Airlines), Tchibo and the VolkswagenStiftung.
Among others in: Amnesty Journal, Augenblicke-Telekom, Brand Eins, Business Punk, Der Freitag, Eine Welt Magazin, enorm, Eurobonus Traveler (SAS Scandinavian Airlines), Financial Times Deutschland, Fluter, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, GEO, Haaretz, La Stampa, Le Point, manager magazin, Money Week, Monopol, NEON, Nouvel Observateur, Playboy, Russian Reporter, advertising campaign by Scholz & Friends, stern Reisen, UNICEF News, welt-sichten and WirtschaftsWoche.
2014, Freedom to Love photography award, third place for “Behind the Silence”
2014, “Wort im Bild” (“words in images”), “Behind the Silence" won at this international photographic competition on the theme of literature
2014, n-ost Reportage Prize, “Behind the Silence” is nominated in the category: Photo Reportage
2014, Henri Nannen Prize, “Behind the Silence” is nominated in the category: Photo Reportage
2014, KOLGA TBILISI PHOTO AWARD, “Behind the Silence” is shortlisted in the category: Documentary
2013, UNICEF Photo of the Year 2013, honorable mention for “Behind the Silence”
2012, Henri Nannen Prize, “Go, my beauty” is shortlisted in the category: Photo Reportage
2011, International Photography Awards, 1st place for “Go, my beauty” in the category: People – Family professional
2011, International Photography Awards, honorable mention for my picture of the protest against nuclear waste transport in the category: Special – Night Photography professional
2011, Hansel-Mieth Prize 2011, honorable mention for “Go, my beauty”
2010, FotoDoks festival for current documentary photography, FotoDoks-Award for “Go, my beauty”
2010, PDN Photo Annual, my feature “Uprising” won in the category: Photojournalism
2010, International Photography Awards, honorable mention for “Go, my beauty” in the category: Deeper Perspective
2010, FreeLens Award for Young Photojournalism, as one of 60 photographers from around the world, I´m nominated for the Award with my story “Go, my beauty”
2010, Renaissance Photography Prize, shortlisted in the category Movement with a picture of my feature “Uprising”
2009, International Aperture Awards, Silver Award for a picture of my feature “Uprising” in the category: Photojournalism
2009, The Worldwide Photography Gala Awards (WPGA), honorable mention for a picture of my feature “Uprising” in the category: Documentary
2009, International Photography Awards (IPA), honorable mention for “Uprising” in the category Editorial – General News professional
2009, International Photography Awards (IPA), honorable mention for Woodstock Festival picture in the category People – Lifestyle professional
2009, Sony World Photography Awards, 2nd place for “Loveparade” and “Woodstock Festival” in the professional category Music
2009, G+J Photo Award, shortlisted in the category National Geographic Deutschland
2008, UNICEF Photo of the Year 2008, honorable mention for “Living on wheels”
2008, BILLBOARD/ PDN Summer Music Moment, Woodstock Festival picture won in the category: Crowd
2008, FotoDoks festival for current documentary photography, honorable mention for “Living on wheels”
2008, FreeLens Award for Young Photojournalism, as one of 60 photographers from around the world, I´m nominated for the Award with my story “Living on wheels”
2008, Nominated for the 2008 edition of the World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass
2007, PDN Photo Annual, www.gordonwelters.com received award for web sites
2004, Ian Parry Memorial Scholarship, special mention
2004, Tom Webster Award for Photojournalism, shortlisted