Michael Hanke (*1972) was born in Kladno, Czech Republic. 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 the regional and international levels. From the very beginning of his career, he has dedicated his work to the Humanistic Black & White documentary photography, focusing on long-term projects. His work has been awarded six times in the recognized Czech Press Photo competition. In 2017, he received the second prize at the world's most prestigious photography contest, World Press Photo, with series of photographs documenting a thrilling atmosphere of youth chess tournaments. In 2019, he was awarded at World Press Photo for the second time, this time for the series of photographs documenting a life of the handicapped athlete Zdenek Safranek. He became only the second Czech photographer who has managed to succeed more than once in World Press Photo contest in its long 62-year history. His work has been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions around the world.
Awards

World Press Photo 2017 (2nd prize in Sports Stories category | Youth Chess Tournaments)
World Press Photo 2019 (Sports Stories category | Never Saw Him Cry)

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 | Youth Chess Tournaments)
Czech Press Photo 2015 (Honorable Mention in Art & Entertainment category | Airshow)
Czech Press Photo 2016 (Shortlisted in Sport category | Day at the Races)
Czech Press Photo 2017 (Shortlisted in Daily Life category | Ball Season)

Sony World Photography Awards 2016 (Shortlisted in Sport category | Youth Chess Tournaments)

International Photographer of the Year 2015 (3rd prize in Sport category | Youth Chess Tournaments)
International Photographer of the Year 2016 (Honorable Mention in People-Children category | The Child's Dream from the Airshow series)
CONTACT

Email: michael.hanke@volny.cz
Phone: (+420) 602 318 266
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