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Rafael Heygster (1990) is a freelance photographer based in Hannover and Bremen, Germany. From 2010 to 2015 he stu­died cultural anthropology and political sciences at the Uni­ver­sity of Hamburg. Since 2015 he studies photojournalism and documentary photography at the Uni­ver­sity of App­lied Sci­en­ces and Arts Hannover. In 2017, he interned as a photographer at Weser Kurier, the newspaper of his hometown Bremen and worked as assistant for lêmrich (Kiên Hoang Lê and Alina Emrich) in Frankfurt. In his work, he focu­ses on the relation between individuals and their social, cultural and ecological environment. World Press Photo's 6x6 Global Talent Programm 2019 CPOY, Documentary Category (Gold) 2019 CPOY, Portfolio Category (Award of Excellence) 2019 CPOY, General News Category (Silver and Award of Excellence) 2019 Otto Steinert Preis (winner) 2019 Lensculture Emerging Talent Award (winner) 2019 Leica Oscar Barnack Award (nominated) 2019 World.Report Award, student category (shortlist) 2019 Voies OFF Award (nominated) 2019 Der neue BFF Förderpreis (winner) 2019 Athens photo festival (shortlist) 2019 Verzasca Foto Festival Awards - Nera Prize (selected) 2019 Head On Photo award - Portrait Prize (finalist) 2019 Hellerau Photography award (finalist) 2018 VGH-Award (winner)

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