Chris Hopkins is a freelance photojournalist based in Melbourne, Australia.
Chris’ work has a footing in humanitarian story telling. Combining still imagery and video, his work from around the globe aims to bring human rights issues to the forefront of public awareness with the intent to change governmental policy.
His long term projects examine the relationship between those living with mental health issues and culture, exploring how themes such as religion and societal norms inform our perception of these marginalised groups.
Editorially, Chris' clients include The New York Times, The Guardian, SBS, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Australian Financial Review, The Global Mail, AFR Magazine, Amnesty International and UNHCR. His written work has been published in The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The New Daily. Chris also features across worldwide news wire services through assignments with Getty Images.
His photographs are included in collections at The Australian War Memorial, State Library of Victoria and the Victorian State Archives.
Chris has completed the RedR Personal Safety, Security and Communications course for aid workers in hostile environments. He is also accredited by the Australian Government for major visits.
Chris has extensive experience in portraiture, editorial and lifestyle photography and has a corporate client list that includes Deutsche Bank, Lion Nathan Food and Wine, The Florey Institute, ANZ Bank, Creative Victoria, YMCA Victoria and Dementia Australia. He is the official photographer for the Victorian State Government's Regional Victoria Campaign.
Chris currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.
Awards & Commendations
2019: Finalist - Australian Photography Awards ‘Documentary’ – ‘Piltenggi’ (Australia)
Highly Commended - Australian Photography Awards ‘Portrait’ – ‘Mick’ (Australia)
Nominee - World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass (International)
Nominee - World Press Photo 6 x 6 Global Talent Program (International)
2018: Winner - Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism ‘Feature Photographic Essay’ - ‘My Name is Yunus’ (Australia)
2017: Nominee - World Press Photo 6 x 6 Global Talent Program (International)
Winner - Australian Photography Awards 'Documentary' - 'A Day at the Races' (Australia)
2nd Place & Commendation - United Nations Australia Media Awards - 'Home[Less]' (Australia)
2nd Place & Commendation - United Nations Australia Media Awards - 'Mentawai' (Australia)
2nd Place - Amnesty International Media Awards - 'Home[Less]' (Australia)
Finalist - Sinchi Indigenous Cultural Photography Award - 'Mentawai' (International)
Finalist - Siena International Photography Award 'Reportage' - 'Mentawai' (International)
Winner - Getty Images for Fairfax 'Image of the month' - 'Jessica' (Australia)
Featured Image 'Of Kin and Kind' Exhibition – 'My Streets' (from series Race Riots) (Melbourne)
Finalist - Melbourne Press Club "Quill Awards" 'Feature Photograph' – 'My Silent Grief' (Melbourne)
2016: 3rd Place - Getty Images for Fairfax - 'Folio of the Year' - (Australia)
Finalist - (collaboration with Fairfax Media) United Nations Australia Media Awards - 'Australian Muslim Voices' (Australia)
Finalist - Siena International Photography Award 'Portrait' - 'Eveline' (International)
Winner - Getty Images for Fairfax 'Image of the month' - 'Streeties' (Australia)
2015: Finalist - United Nations Australia Media Awards - 'Trauma' (Australia)
Finalist - PANPA Newspaper Awards 'National News Image' - 'Reclaim Australia' (Pan Pacific)
Finalist & Honourable Mention - Siena International Photography Award - 'Genocides Curse' (International)
Winner - Getty Images for Fairfax 'Image of the month' - 'Reclaim Australia' (Australia)
Finalist - Melbourne Press Club "Quill Awards" 'Feature Photograph' – 'Eleanor' (Melbourne)
2014: Finalist - HeadOn Photographic Festival ‘Multimedia’ – 'The Last Dairy Farmer' (Australia)
2013: Featured Image See.Me Exhibition – Dan (from series The Kill Floor) (New York City)
2012: Winner - Walkley Prize ‘Best Slideshow’ – 'The Village of Friendship' (Melbourne)
2011: Finalist - The Long and Short of it ‘Photo Essay’ – 'The Kill Floor' (Australia)