CHRISTINA SIMONS

Christina Simons is an award winning international documentary photographer focused on human rights and civil liberties. Her work is driven by the exploration of sub-cultures and marginalised people, leading to exhibitions throughout Australia, the United States, England, Russia and currently in Mexico City. 

Part Icelandic & American, she resides in Australia as a true citizen of the world speaking multiple languages. Having worked in the visual arts industry for nearly twenty years she is a technical master of imagery. Her work traverses many interests including travel, lifestyle and portraiture and is represented in publications such as The New York Times and The Guardian as well as working with several NGOs including Medecines Sans Frontieres. 

Her passion for human rights and civil liberties have led to series such as “The Haiti Project” on children in domestic servitude, Women’s health in the Philippines and Aboriginal Education in Australia; not to mention her multi-award winning and shortlisted series “Running to Nowhere” on Central American Refugees and “Resilient: Women of Honduras.”

Her curiosity of subcultures has produced projects such as award winning series "Derby Girls" and multi-award winning series "Lil Bullfighters" of Mexico. 

With a passion for justice and compulsion to observe Christina Simons provides key commentary into the unknown issues, places and aspects of this world.

 

Home Address:  Australia (please enquire directly for full address)
Countries of Residence and Origen:  American & Icelandic Nationalities / Australian Permanent Resident
Telephone:  +61405271011
Website: www.christinasimons.com
Email:  christina@christinasimons.com


EDUCATION

2003 - 2004 Diploma of Arts in Applied Photography
International College of Professional Photography, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

1998 British Design & Art Direction Advertising Course

1995 - 1998 BA(Hons)Degree Visual Communication Design & Moving Image
Ravensbourne College of Design & Communication, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5SN, UK


PHOTOGRAPHIC CAREER: 

Freelance Photographer 2003 - Present

Polaris Images Agency - New York Representation for Assignment Work Worldwide

2018 - Eurydice Dixon Vigil in Melbourne for The New York Times

2016 – Present "Running to Nowhere": The Central American Refugee Crisis
Ixtapec, Lecheria, Cordoba, Veracruz, Tapachula, Reynosa, Tenosique. Mexico.
San Pedro Sula, Choloma, Tamara, Llama, Danli, Tegucigalpa. Honduras.
Laredo, McAllen, Falfurrias. Texas. United States.
          Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award Shortlist 2018
          Winner of The Luminous Endowment DxO One Grant 2017
          3rd Prize Winner Tokyo International Foto Awards 2017
          Tokyo International Foto Awards Honourable Mention 2017

2016 - 2018 "Casa Xochiquetzal": Prostitutes Retirement home in Mexico City

2017 "Resilient: The Women of Honduras
          rɪˈzɪlɪənt / adjective: (of a person) able to withstand or recover quickly from difficult conditions.
          synonyms: strong, tough, hardy”
          Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist 2018
          Exhibition Somerset House, London, UK April - May 2018.

2017 “Babies Behind Bars” Children in Prisons of Honduras for The Guardian

2017 Refugees and Migrants living in Australia for The Big Issue Australia

2017 Day of the Dead Series for The Big Issue Australia

2016 – Present - Medicines Sans Frontiers
      May 2017 - Victims of Violence Medical Programs in Hospitals of Honduras
            San Pedro Sula & Tegucigalpa, Honduras
      May & August 2017 - Victims of Violence Medical Programs in Hospitals of Reynosa
            San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico
      January 2016 - Victims of Violence Medical Programs in Hospitals of Reynosa
            San Fernando, Tamaulipas, Mexico
      June 2016 - Mental Health Programs in Migrant Alberges - Ixtapec / Tenosique, Mexico.
      Forzados a Huir Forced To Flee : An Interactive Refugee Experience Exhibition
            Chapultapec park, Mexico City, Mexico April 2017. Guanajuato, Mexico May 2017.
            Guadalajara, Mexico September 2017. Puebla, Mexico December 2017.
      EXODUS: Central American Refugees in Mexico. Exhibition
            Plaza Luis Cabrera, La Roma, Mexico City, Mexico 2016. 

2015 - 2017 Child Bullfighters, Mexico City, Mexico
       Printed in Iceland Review 2017 & China National Travel 2018
       2nd Prize Winner - Sony World Photography Awards 2017 
       Exhibition Somerset House, London, UK April - May 2017.
       International Photography Awards™ Honourable Mention 2017
       International Photography Awards™ Honourable Mention 2016
       Moscow International Foto Awards Honourable Mention 2016

       Child Bullfighter Salvatore aged 6 - Professional People: Children Category
       1st Prize Winner Moscow International Foto Awards 2016
      Exhibition Na Kashirke Gallery, Russia July-Aug 2016.

       Child Bullfighter Salvatore aged 6 - Family of Man Category
       International Photography Awards™ Honourable Mention 2016

2014 Poppy Industry in Tasmania, The New York Times  - Re Published in 2017 for Bloomberg

2013 The Bajau People - Sea Gypsies off the coast of Philippines and Borneo

2011 Roller Derby Girls
         2011 Published in The Big Issue Australia
         2013 IPA Awards Honourable Mention
         2011 Centre for Contemporary Photography Documentary Photography Awards Finalist
         Exhibition Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, Australia Nov 2013. 
         Exhibition Australia Wide Tour 2012-2013

2006 Haiti Project - Child Slavery in Haiti - affiliated with Save the Children, Canada
         2011 Exhibition - The Albury Library Museum, Albury, NSW.
         2010 Exhibition - Storm Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW.
         2007 Exhibition - Uber Gallery, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria.
         2007 & 2010 Published in The Big Issue Australia

2009 - Present - Marie Stopes International
      Clinics and Midwives Programmes - Mexico
      Aboriginal Community Youth and Sexual Health - Shepparton / Darwin / Melbourne
      Women’s Sexual Reproductive Health – Philippines
          2010 Published in The Big Issue Australia
      Mother’s Day Campaign – Stills, Video compositing and editing

Various other documentary projects
      Roller Derby / Goth Subculture / Truckies / Circus School / Haitian Vodou / Ashram Life / La Isla Munecas, Xochomilco / Lucha Libre /
      Brujas – Modern day witches in Mexico / La Iglesia Santa Muerte

 

Editorial - The New York Times / The Guardian / BBC Online / The Daily Mail UK / The Times – UK /  The Telegraph / The Mirror UK / Sydney Morning Herald / The Vivid World Australia / Business Insider Singapore / China National Travel / Irish Times / Nordic Business Insider / Iceland Review Magazine / Morgunblaðið Iceland / Iceland Monitor / Global Portalen Sweden / Medicine Sans Frontiers / MSN.com / The Bulletin Oregon /  El Español Spain / El Pais Spain / Photolari Spain / El Pulso Honduras / Fotoplois Poland / Corriere Della Sera Italy / Gizmodo / Buzzfeed / Conde Nast / Monocle / Hardie Grant Publishing / In The Black Magazine / Delicious Magazine / Tomato Magazine / The Big Issue / Madison Magazine / Wish Magazine / Alamy Image Library / Corbis Image Library / Getty Image Library

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION: 

Running to Nowhere: Central American Refugee Crisis Series
Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award Shortlist 2018
Winner of The Luminous Endowment DxO One Grant 2017
3rd Prize Winner Tokyo International Foto Awards 2017
Tokyo International Foto Awards Honourable Mention 2017

Image 12. MSF social worker speaks to traumatised deported migrant in Reynosa, Mexico.
Image 45. Domestic violence victim receives a hug from an MSF nurse Choloma, Honduras.
Medicos Sin Fronteras top 50 Photos of the year 2017

El Salvadorian Refugee Rebecca aged 1 
Moscow International Foto Awards - Honourable Mention 2016
International Photography Awards™ Honourable Mention 2016

Image 13. Honduran Refugee Maria Esmerelda shows a picture of her murdered son. Ixtapec, Mexico.
Medicos Sin Fronteras top 50 Photos of the year 2016

 

Resilient : Women of Honduras Series
Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist 2018


Little Bullfighter Series
2nd Prize Winner - Sony World Photography Awards 2017
International Photography Awards™ Honourable Mention 2017
Tokyo International Foto Awards Honourable Mention 2017
International Photography Awards™ Honourable Mention 2016
Moscow International Foto Awards Honourable Mention 2016

Child Bullfighter Salvatore aged 6 - Professional People: Children Category
1st Prize Winner Moscow International Foto Awards 2016

Child Bullfighter Salvatore aged 6 - Family of Man Category
International Photography Awards™ Honourable Mention 2016 

 

Antipodean epic - night dust from the series Antipodean epic
with Performance Artist Jill Orr

Bowness Photography Prize Finalists with Jill Orr 2017 


Georgia Stirs Her Cake Mix
Winner of Best Shots Photographic Competition UK April 2013
 

Roller Derby Girls Series
International Photography Awards™ Honourable Mention 2013
CCP Documentary Photography Awards Finalist 2011

 

EXHIBITIONS:

 

Marilyn Stafford FotoReportage Award Shortlist Exhibit 2019
Running to Nowhere : part of a group show of shortlisted winners
After Nyne Gallery, London, UK, 2019.

Sony World Photography Awards Shortlist Exhibit 2018
Resilient : Women of Honduras Series - Professional Photography Category
Somerset House, London, UK April - May 2018.

"Forzados a Huir" Forced To Flee : An Interactive Refugee Experience
Medicos Sin Fronteras.
Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico City, Mexico April 2017. 
Mexico Wide Tour. 2017-2018.

2nd Prize Winner - Sony World Photography Awards Exhibit 2017
Little Bullfighters Series - Professional Photography Category
Somerset House, London, UK April - May 2017.

EXODUS: Central American Refugees in Mexico. 
Medicos Sin Fronteras.
Plaza Luis Cabrera, La Roma, Mexico City, Mexico 2016. 
Mexico Wide Tour. 2017.

1st Prize Winner - Moscow International Foto Awards Exhibit 2016.
Child Bullfighter Salvador aged 6
Na Kashirke Gallery.
Moscow, Russia July-August 2016.

Day-Mares of a Bride to Be.
Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA 2013.

Roller Derby Girls. 
Finalist in the 2011 CCP Documentary Photography Awards Exhibit  

Centre for Contemporary Photography.
Fitzroy, Australia. Nov 2011. 
Australia Wide Tour. 2012-2014.

Human Landscape.
Salus Spa, Daylesford, Australia. 2010.

The Haiti Project.
The Albury Library Museum, Albury, NSW. February – April, 2011.

Storm Gallery, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW. April 2010.
Uber Gallery, St Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria. February 2007.

Collaborative Projects with Jill Orr:
Antipodean Epic – Night Dust
Bowness Photography Awards – Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Victoria. Oct - Nov 2017.
Cracks In the Seams
Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Ballarat, Victoria. Aug - Sept 2017.
Antipodean Epic Section OneSection Two & Section Three
Fehily Contemporary Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.  Nov 2016.
Space Place and Recurring History.
Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria.  Nov 2012.
The Promised Land
John Buckley Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria.  Nov 2012.
Between Somewhere and Nowhere
Jenny Port Gallery, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria.  Nov 2011.
Vision
Jenny Port Gallery, Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria. June 2010.