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Photojournalist Meeri Koutaniemi, 30, was born in northern Finland, Lapland. Koutaniemi started to photograph in the age of 15 with black and white film. Koutaniemi merged political activism with artistic photography and later developed her own career as a investigative journalist and photographer. Always worked as a freelancer Koutaniemi’s work extends to over 50 countries where she has photographed and documented people with compelling stories of struggle and resilience. Koutaniemi has focused on humanitarian side of conflicts, displacement and discrimination. At the core of her work lies a universal ability for empowerment and resistance.
Koutaniemi has been selected two times as a Photographer of the Year in Finland and received numerous international awards. In 2012 Koutaniemi received the Memorial Award of Tim Hetherington in United States and the Memorial Award of Carina Appel in Finland 2013. Koutaniemi has exhibited her photos in over 60 exhibitions around the world and has published six books in Finland. In 2014 Koutaniemi won the Visa D'or Daily Press Award in Perpignan and FreeLens Award in Lumix Photofestival in Hannover. Koutaniemi was selected to participate to Joop Swart and VII Masterclass in 2014. Koutaniemi is a founder member of a Finnish Collective 11.