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Kieran Dodds (b. 1980) is a non-fiction photographer known for his research-driven photo stories and portraiture. His personal work considers the interplay of environment and culture, tracing global events through daily lives.
After reading Zoology, he trained at the Herald newspaper group in Glasgow becoming an independent photographer after picking up a string of accolades including a 1st prize World Press Photo award for his self-assigned story- The Bats of Kasanka. A Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship allowed him to complete The Third Pole, documenting Tibetan culture in flux at the source of the Yellow, Yangtze and Mekong rivers.
At the time of the Independence referendum, he considered the myths and realities of his native Scottland. Land of Scots traces political and cultural narratives found within the country's diverse physical environments. The portrait series Gingers originated at the same time using a visual cliche to sift through assumptions of national identity but uses the trait to connect distant countries across political boundaries.
Most recently, in the series Hierotopia we witness a new perspective on combating the ecological crisis, charting the role of ancient ideas on the protection of rural landscapes in northern Ethiopia. The work was awarded a Sony World Photography award and has been exhibited in LA, New York, London and Edinburgh.
He lives in Scotland with wife and twin daughters. His work is represented by the Panos Pictures, London.
Nature, The New York Times, Nature, GEO, Smithsonian Magazine, The Financial Times, La Repubblica D, Die Zeit, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, Instagram Blog, New Scientist, BBC Wildlife magazine, The Sunday Times Magazine, National Geographic.
Sony World Photography Awards 3rd prize Landscape series (UK, 2019)
Environmental Photographer of the Year Finalist (UK, 2016)
NPPA Best of Photojournalism HM Environmental Story (USA, 2016)
The Royal Photographic Society Environmental Bursary (UK, 2015)
Festival Photoreporter New Work Grant & Exhibition (France, 2015)
NPPA Best of Photojournalism HM Portrait series (USA, 2015)
NPPA Best of Photojournalism 2nd Prize Pictorial (USA, 2015)
Environmental Photographer of the Year Finalist (UK, 2013)
Fabric of the Land Highly Commended (UK, 2013)
The Other Hundred Final Edit (Hong Kong, 2013)
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship (UK, 2012)
NPPA Best of Photojournalism HM International News (USA 2010)
The Press Photographer's Year 1st Prize Photo Essay (UK, 2010)
Scottish Press Photo Features Photographer of the Year (UK, 2007)
World Press Photo 1st prize Nature Stories (Netherlands, 2006)
University of Missouri Helge Hummelvol Scholarship (USA, 2006)
UK Picture Editor's Guild Young Photographer 1st prize (UK, 2005)
University of Aberdeen BSc Hons Zoology (UK, 2002)
The Explorers Club Young Explorers award (USA, 2001)
Sony World Phography awards, London (UK, 2019) Hierotopia
Fabbrica Del Vapore, Milan (Italy, 2015) Africa In Volo / Bangweulu
Photoville, NYC (USA, 2015) Instagram / Gingers
Photoreporter International, St Brieuc (France, 2015) Seabird Cities
Scottish Parliament (UK, 2013) Painting the Forth Bridge
University of Glasgow (UK, 2012) The Third Pole
Scottish Parliament (UK, 2009) Zimbabwe