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Finalist 2009

Richard Wainwright

Mongolia: surviving the winter


This image shows Munkhbat and Altangeret (both 15) who have lived in this manhole together for over three years
under the streets of Ulaan Baatar, the coldest capital city in the world. Spending time with them I witnessed what a tough, lonely and violent existence they have to endure in temperatures reaching -40c.


As an NGO photographer and filmmaker, he’s been reporting on social justice and human rights issues around the world for over 15 years. He uses his extensive experience to deliver compelling stories through photography, film and first person interviews, primarily for development agencies and international NGO’s.

Richard’s imagery and films have launched numerous successful advocacy and fundraising campaigns including emergency relief services for Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, increasing access to girls’ education in Afghanistan, overcoming child marriage in Nepal and access to psychosocial counselling for children in Gaza.

He is often called upon to work independently alongside local partners or as part of a larger production team and regularly conducts visual communication training for NGO staff whilst on assignment.

Richard is also an experienced press photographer and a regular stringer for the Australian Associated Press (AAP) covering news assignments and major sporting events.

Based in Perth, Western Australia, Richard is originally from Jersey, Channel Islands and completed a degree in Documentary Photography at University of Wales College, Newport before becoming a senior staff photographer with the Jersey Evening Post for eight years. In 2011 he graduated from the highly acclaimed Rotary Peace & Conflict Resolution Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, a three month intensive course that gave him an academic insight into the close relationship between development and peace building.

His work has been widely published including the International New York Times, Time Magazine, The Guardian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The ABC, amongst others. His work has been recognised with a number of awards and exhibitions.

Holds a valid Hostile Environments and First Aid Training certificate (HEFAT) (2019- 2022)

Full global medical and travel insurance with no country exemptions.