biography

Adam Dean is a freelance photographer based between Bangkok and Beijing and represented by Panos Pictures.

He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, TIME Magazine and National Geographic Magazine. Other editorial clients include The New Yorker, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Stern, Smithsonian, The Sunday Times Magazine and The Telegraph Magazine. He also works on assignments for UNICEF and UNHCR.

In 2011 he was selected as one of PDN’s 30 emerging photographers and was the recipient of The Sony Emerging Photographer Award and in 2017 he received an Award of Excellence in the Pictures of The Year International (POYI) Photographer of The Year for his portfolio of assignments for National Geographic Magazine and The New York Times. 

He has won first place prizes from Pictures of the Year International (POYI)NPPA Best of PhotojournalismPrix International de la Photographie as well as multiple awards from Days Japan Photojournalism Awards, Sony World Photography Awards, PDN Annual and The Press Photographer’s Year. His work has been shown at Visa Pour L’Image festival in Perpignan and exhibited worldwide.

He is also a regular lecturer on the MA International Multimedia Journalism run jointly by Bolton University and Beijing Foreign Studies University.

awards & distinctions

2017 POYI Photographer of The Year - Award of Excellence
2017 POYI 2nd Place 'Feature'
2017 NPPA 3rd Place 'Contemporary Issues Story'

2017 NPPA 'Environmental Single' - HM  
2013
PPY 1st Place 'News'
2012 POYI 2nd Place 'Campaign Photo Essay'
2012 POYI AE Campaign Single
2012 NPPA AE Campaign Single
2011
POYI 1st Place ‘General News’
2011 NPPA International News Story 1st Place
2011 NPPA International News Single 2nd Place
2011 The Press Photographer’s Year – Photo Essay 1st Prize
2011 PDN Annual Award
2011 PDN 30 – New & Emerging Photographer
2011 Sony World Photography Award
2011 The Sony Emerging Photographer Award
2011 PX3 Gold Medal ‘War Photography
2011 PX3 Silver Medal ‘General News’
2011 PX3 Silver Medal ‘War Photography’ 
2011 Days Japan Awards
2011 CHIPP – ‘War & Disaster’ Photo Essay
2010 PX3 1st Place ‘General News’
2010 PX3 1st Place ‘War Photography’
2010 PX3 Aftermath Hon Mention
2010 PX3 Hon Mention ‘Feature Story’
2010 PX3 Hon Mention ‘General News’ 
2010 The Press Photographer’s Year
2010 Magenta Foundation Emerging Photograper
2010 Sony International Photography Awards
2010 Society of News Designers
2009 The Press Photographer’s Year
2008 SAJA Winner
2008 SOPA Awards Honourable Mention
2007 Ian Parry Scholarship Honourable Mention
2007 Luis Valtueña International Humanitarian Photography Award Honourable Mention
2007 Masters’ Degree Photography