Photojournalist, writer and filmmaker. Through my photo-stories and articles I try to bring an understanding of the inequalities and the complexities affecting the human condition. 

Italian Journalist Card N. 162571

Contact: zolinphoto@gmail.com

Twitter: @zolinphoto 

Instagram: zolinphoto

Facebook: NicolaZ


My reportages and articles have been published on The New York Times, Le Monde, the Guardian, De Volkskrant, Stern, El País, 6Mois, Politico, Al Jazeera, Vice News, Der Spiegel, GEO, Foreign Policy, Atmos, La Repubblica, NZZ,  Internazionale, De Morgen, Le Parisien, Corriere della Sera, El Mundo, Aftenposten, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Neon, La Vie, Caravan Mag and many others. Check some of these publications on the Tearsheet page.


My projects were awarded the Sony World Photography 3rd Prize Sport (2023), nominated and shortlisted for The Bayeux-Calvados Awards for war correspondents (2019), Festival della Fotografia Etica (2023, 2021, 2018, 2016), Kolga Tbilisi Photo Festival (2023), Lugano PhotoDays (2019), Gomma Grant (2019, 2016), Global Peace Award (2021). Screened at Visa Pour l'Image Perpignan (2023, 2017), Festival del Reportage (2023), Encontros da Imagem Festival (2022), exhibited at Countless Cities Biennale Favara (2023), Living the Cities Berlin (2021), Closer (2020), Bassano Fotografia (2017, 2013), Welcome Festival Padova (2019), Institute for Social Studies in the Hague (2017, 2012), The Hague University (2016, 2008), Foto'Kabinet Gallery (2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2009), Isolab Venezia (2014), Padova Fotografia (2014) and others.


I was granted a Pulitzer Center Dom Phillips Reporting Grant in 2023 and an Investigation Grants for Environmental Journalism by the JournalismFund.Eu for a project on environmental murders related to water in 2022.

My book YUNAN was selected at Photo Book Dummy Awards 2023.

I taught photography and reportage courses and workshop at Mohole school of Storytelling (Milano, 2020), Eurocoop Camini (2021, 2020, 2019), Welcome Festival Padova (2019), Isolab (Venice, 2015), Color Café (Bassano del Grappa, 2013), Institute for Social Studies (The Hague, NL, 2011), Platform Spartak (The Hague, 2011).

Education: • MSc in “Comparative International Relations” at Ca’ Foscari, University of Venice – First Class Honour (110 e Lode) – with Overseas program in ”Contemporary Chinese studies” at Remnin University of China,Beijing and University of Ottawa Summer Schoo

• BA in “Mass Communication Science” at University of Padua with Erasmus program in “European and International Studies” at The Hague University of Applied Science (NL)

Languages: Proficient in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian - Intermediate in German and Greek - Basic in Turkish and Persian.


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