About
Michael Hanke was born in Kladno, Czech Republic, in 1972. His photographic career began when he was 40 years old. However, only one year later he began to receive prestigious awards for his work, both at regional and international levels. From the very beginning of his career, he has dedicated his work to the humanistic and social black and white documentary photography, focusing on long-term projects. His work has been awarded five times in the recognized Czech Press Photo competition. In 2016, he was shortlisted at the world's biggest photography competition the Sony World Photography Awards with the series documenting the thrilling atmosphere of youth chess tournaments. In 2017, he has received the 2nd prize at the world's most prestigious photography contest - World Press Photo - with his latest story from youth chess tournaments. His work was exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions around the world.
Awards
Czech Press Photo 2013 (2nd prize in Art & Entertainment category | Circus), Czech Press Photo 2014 (1st prize in Art & Entertainment category | Dances for Seniors), Czech Press Photo 2015 (2nd prize in Art & Entertainment category | Chess, Youth Tournaments), Czech Press Photo 2015 (Honorable Mention in Art & Entertainment category | Airshow), International Photographer of the Year 2015 (3rd prize in Sport category | Chess, Youth Tournaments), Sony World Photography Awards 2016 (Shortlisted in Sport category | Chess, Youth Tournaments), Czech Press Photo 2016 (Shortlisted in Sport category | Day at the Races) | World Press Photo 2017 (2nd prize in Sports category | Chess, Youth Tournaments)
CONTACT
Email: michael.hanke@volny.cz | Phone: (+420) 602 318 266
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