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Marcus Bleasdale  

Photographer National Geographic


Over the past eighteen years spent documenting some of the world’s most brutal wars Marcus has focused on campaigning against human rights abuses. He has been documenting these issues for Human Rights Watch and he is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine.

Using his background in business and economics, he researches the sources of financing driving the conflicts, which usually leads to the mines, and the armed networks linked to them. Marcus covered the wars in Sierra Leone, Liberia, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Somalia, Chad and Darfur, Kashmir and Georgia.

Since 2000 Marcus has worked extensively in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo documenting a war funded by the extraction of the minerals used in every day electronic products. Marcus has partnered with international advocacy groups Human Rights Watch and the Enough Project to engage US and European politicians and multinational companies to change government policy and working practices.

Over the past four years Marcus has been working in the Central African Republic documenting the conflict in the region. The work from Central African Republic won the Amnesty International Award for Media in 2014 and the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club of America in 2015.

Marcus has published three books "One Hundred Years of Darkness" (2002) documenting life along the Congo River after the overthrow of Mboutu"The Rape of a Nation" (2009) documenting the exploitation of natural resources in Eastern Congo and most recently "The Unravelling" (2015) documenting the brutal conflict in the Central African Republic.

Marcus is currently studying for a Masters in International Relations at Cambridge University whilst still documenting human rights issues around the world.

He lives in Oslo with his funny and beautiful wife Karin Beate, his noisy but adorable twin daughters Vilja and Saga and his amazing dog Luna (The Loon).


    2015 Overseas Press Club of America The Robert Capa Gold Medal
    2015 FotoEvidence Award
    2015 Amnesty International Award
    2014 Soc. of Environmental Journalists Award
    2014 Overseas Press Club of America The Photography Prize
    2013 World Press Photo Contemporary Issues
    2013 The Photographer Society The Hood Medal
    2011 USA Webby Award
    2010 Picture of the Year USA Book of the Year Award
    2010 Hansel Meith Award
    2010 Anthopographia Award Human Rights and Photography
    2009 Days Japan Readers Award
    2009 Picture of the Year USA
    2008 American Photography Award
    2007 Freedom of Expression Foundation
    2006 Overseas Press Club of America Olivier Rebbot Award
    2006 World Press Photo Daily Life Singles
    2005 Open Society Institute
    2005 Alexia Foundation for World Peace Award
    2005 Picture of the Year USA Magazine Photographer of the Year Award
    2004 UNICEF Photographer of the Year
    2004 Picture of the Year USA Magazine Award
    2004 NPPA Magazine News Story Award
    2003 Picture of the Year USA News Award
    2002 Picture of the Year USA Magazine Award
    2000 Sunday Times Nikon Ian Parry Award


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