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 black and 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 has received the 2nd prize at the world's most prestigious photography contest - World Press Photo - with his latest series of photographs documenting a thrilling atmosphere of youth chess tournaments. His work was exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions around the world.
World Press Photo 2017 (2nd prize in Sports category | Chess, Youth Tournaments)
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)
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 | Chess, Youth Tournaments)
International Photographer of the Year 2015 (3rd prize in Sport category | Chess, Youth Tournaments)
International Photographer of the Year 2016 (Honorable Mention in People-Children category | The Child's Dream from the Airshow series)