Chris is a documentary and portrait photographer / filmdirector. He became interested in photography during his previous career as a professional climbing instructor. Following a trip to Palestine he decided to focus his work on humanitarian issues. He travelled to more than 70 countries collecting stories.

Chris always tries to find different angles to visualize a story. Examples of this approach are his story on cycling races and the "No Way Home" project among many others. He received recognition from Stephen Mayes calling the Exodus from Libya collage in an Aperture publication "...remarkably innovative seen in a print context..." 

Currently he is capturing the dreams of children worldwide and focuses on Syrian Refugee issues. One latest project is a documentary movie Chris directed on children collecting scrap in Jordan. All of this commissioned by Save the Children NL. 

Chris is not only working abroad and is, when at home, available for assignments in the Netherlands.

Chris is commissioned by several NGO's like Save the Children, Aids Fonds/Stop Aids Now, MSF, Greenpeace, VSO, CARE, Oxfam and Cordaid. Also several UN branches like UNFPA, UNHCR and WHO worked with him. He also has broad experience in mentoring workshops in several countries educating photographers on all levels focusing on story telling in pictures. 

Chris is represented by Panos Pictures and LAIF

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Chris de Bode
tel +316 14 34 31 74
skype: chrisdebode
Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Panos Pictures
Unit K, Reliance Wharf
Hertford Road
London N1 5EW
tel +44 (0) 20 3322 8382


2000-2012: several prizes in Dutch “Zilveren Camera Awards”
2001: 3rd prize World Press Photo / sports singles
2002: 1st prize French Prix l’Equipe / IOC sports series

2005: British AOP Award bronze medal

2008: Nominated for Hasselblad Masters Award

2008: Nominated for Sony World Photography Awards

2014: Honorable mention for Unicef Award

2014: Prize winner The Other Hundred

2016: 2nd prize Lens Culture Portrait Award

2016: Alfred Fried Photo Award

2017: 1st prize Lens Culture Portrait Award


Tour du Monde: Colombia, Cuba, Senegal, Eritrea, Qatar, China
Africa United: The Road to Twenty Ten
Bijzondere Werknemers: Verhalen uit de sociale werkvoorziening
Onzeker Bestaan: Leven aan de rafelrand van de arbeidsmarkt


Foam Magazine, Aperture magazine, Vrij Nederland, HP/De Tijd, Marie Claire, Nieuwe Revu, P+, Trouw, de Volkskrant, Het Parool, NRC, Soigneur, Rapha - Mondial, Focus, Uitkrant Amsterdam, Der Spiegel, Stern, GEO, GEOlino, Greenpeace Magazine, Focus (D), Liberation, VSD, Science et Vie, La Vie, New Scientist, Sunday Times Magazine, Guardian, Foto8, De Standaard magazine, Knack, Das Magazin, Grande Reportagem, GEO Korea, National Geographic, Time Magazine, the Economist, Mother Jones Magazine, Business Week, Sette, Espresso, Internazionale, Gazzetta dello Sport, Sportweek (It), etc.