Biography & Awards

Biography
Hazel Thompson is an award-winning British photojournalist.

In the last decade, she has taken up assignments worldwide in over 40 countries for media organizations such as The New York Times, Stern Magazine, ABC News, Vogue, FIVE News, The Sunday Times, Observer Magazine, Le Monde 2 and Politiken.

Most recently, 'TAKEN' represents Hazel's consuming passion; to investigate and expose the disturbing truth around India’s sub-culture of sex trafficking. Hazel has immersed herself into Mumbai’s sex trade since 2002. During this time she has spent over 6 months living in Kamathipura, gaining unprecedented access into the second largest sex district in Asia. The result is an extraordinary glimpse into the secrets of Mumbai’s red light district that reveals the moving, real-life stories of girls tricked, trafficked and sold into 21st century sex slavery.

Hazel applies her skill, and her passion, to photograph and film injustice and prejudice; telling powerful stories and creating global awareness around social and humanitarian issues.

She often works closely with NGO's, where she tackles sensitive and sometimes controversial subjects, such as 'Kids Behind Bars' which was aired on ITN & CNN. Posing undercover as an aid worker, she was able to capture exclusive images of children illegally imprisoned inside Filipino jails.

Her essay on the UK’s teenage runaways 'Home & Away' evolved from an assignment for Observer Magazine into a three part news series for channel FIVE NEWS, where Hazel wrote, reported and presented the story on camera.

Her latest short film 'Riva & Albert' - a compelling story about friendship & love beyond generations - has been selected to screen at Brief Encounters as part of the global Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival 2013. Hazel was both the co-producer and director of photography for this film.

Hazel has also been engaged by The British Council to represent the best of British Photojournalism as an arts ambassador to Uzbekistan, Denmark & Vietnam. This relationship has evolved into a more recent commission for her to document the role of women in Qatar and Bahrain as part of an international arts project called 'My Father’s House' which has toured the Gulf and UK for 3 years.

Hazel is also a highly acclaimed speaker, workshop facilitator and judge for wide variety of conferences, festivals and competitions around the world.

Hazel is available for assignments worldwide.

Awards
2011 NPPA – The Best of Photojournalism Awards- 2nd in non-traditional publishing for CAGE 2010 Asia Mass Media Awards – ‘Best Photojournalist of the Year’.

2009 International Photography Award – Honourable Mention – “Jihad Blogger”.

2009 International Photography Award – Honourable Mention – “Maryam”.

2009 PX3 International photography award - Political Photojournalism.

2009 PX3 International photography award - General Photojournalism.

2007 Named a Hero of photography by American Photo.

2007 3rd Days Japan International Photojournalism. Awards- Readers Prize- Kids Behind Bars.

2006 CARE International Award for Humanitarian Reportage-Visa pour l’image/Perpignan.

2006 Le Prix Special du 60th Anniversaire de CARE – ‘Kids Behind Bars’.

2006 Photo District News (PDN) Annual 2006- Winner- ‘Kids Behind Bars’.

2006 Picture Editors Award – Special Award. – ‘Kids Behind Bars’.

2005 The Observer Hodge Award Winner – 1st – ‘Kids Behind Bars’.

2004 The Observer Hodge Award Prize Winner – 3rd - For ‘Hidden Legacy’.

2003 The Sunday Times Ian Parry Award – Highly Commended- ‘Innocents Delivered .

2002 The Sunday Times Ian Parry Award – Highly Commended – ‘Modern Crusaders’.

2001 The Observer Hodge Award – Highly Commended – ‘Bikers for God’.



Publications/Clients Include:

The New York Times, The Body Shop, ABC News, Time, International Herald Tribune, Le Monde 2, HQ Australia, Jubilee Campaign, The Children’s Society, Stern Magazine, Forevermark, Hard Rock Cafe, Vogue, Days Japan, The Sunday Times Magazine, FIVE News, The Observer Magazine, Elle, Global Angels, The Sunday Telegraph, SERVV, Fairtrade, Preda Foundation, Tesco, Cosmopolitan.