About Virginie Nguyen Hoang

Born in Belgium in 1987, Virginie Nguyen Hoang finished studying journalism at IHECS (Brussels) as well as a training in photojournalism at the Danish Shool of Media and Journalism (Denmark). In 2010, she became a photographer for the French news agency Wostok Press that she left in 2013. Meanwhile, she joined the Studio Hanslucas (May 2012) and became the co-founder of the Collectif HUMA. From January 2012 to August 2014, she settles in Egypt as a freelancer but also as a photojournalist for the local newspapers « Egypt Independent » and then « Mada masr ». Through her photos, she aims to tell stories, especially those concerning social exclusion and the consequences of a conflict on local populations. Since the beginning of her career, Virginie carried out several stories in Belgium but also in Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Libya, Ukraine, Vietnam, the Philippines, in Gaza and the Central African Republic. Virginie works with many newspapers and magazines such as Le Monde, Le Parisien Magazine, Le Figaro, VSD, L'Obs, Libération, La Croix, Le Pèlerin, Causette, l'Hebdo, l’Illustré, Le Temps, The Washington Post , Politiken, De Standaard, La Libre Belgique,...

In 2012, she received a Nikon Press Award Benelux in the Promising Young photographer-Stories category with her story on the Roma of Brussels. In 2014, Virginie received a special mention at the Roger Pic Prize of the Scam with the subject "Gaza, the aftermath”. In 2016, her work in Gaza won the third prize in the Editorial – Photo essay category of the MIFA. She’s also the laureate of the Vocatio Grant in Belgium, finalist at the Camille Lepage Award 2016 and nominee at the "Prix Bayeux Calvados of war correspondents" in the "Young Reporter" Category. 

 Virginie is currently based in Brussels.


 May 2015: Special Mention at the "Roger Pic award" with the work “Gaza, the aftermath”

 October 2014: Grant of the “Fonds pour le journalisme” in Belgium
 May 2014: Nominated at the Belgium Nikon Press award in the category “Young promising photographer”

 February 2014: Shortlisted for the “30 under 30” contest by ¨Photography show and Magnum Photo.

 May 2012: Nominated at the Belgium Nikon Press award in the category “News”

 May 2011: winner of a Belgium Nikon Press Award in the category "Promising young photographer/Stories" with the reportage "The Roma under stigmatisation".

 May 2010: Nominated at the contest Tremplin photo de l’EMI-CFD, finalist. (Paris)



 August 2009: Reports in Palestine under the project "Reporters of peace" of the association Generation Palestine.

August-September 2009: Trainee photographer with the daily "La Libre Belgique ".

May 2010: finalist of  the contest "Tremplin Photo de EMI-CFD

May 2011: winner of a Belgian Nikon Press award in the category "Promising young photographer/Stories" with the reportage "Les Roms au delà de la stigmatisation".

Since October 2010 to January 2013, photographer for the  agency Wostok Press.

Since May 2011, member of the board of directors of the association Freelens.

January 2012 to May 2013, photographer and multimedia producer for the Egyptian newspaper Egypt Independant

December 2012 until July 2013, stringer for the agency Associated Press.

May 2013 until May 2014, participant of World Press Photo workshops "Reporting changes".

May 2013 until May 2014, photographer and multimedia producer for the Egyptian online newspaper Mada Masr (former team of Egypt Independent).

Since March 2012, member of the Studio HansLucas.


"Les Roms au-delà de la sitgmatisation", ERGO network office, Brussels 2010.

"Sweet Home", Brussels Parlement, Brussels 2011

"Les Roms debouts", Bois du Cazier, Charleroi 2011

"Exposition du Collectif HUMA", ApartGallery, Brussels 2012

"Le Caire: les oubliés de la révolution", IHECS, Brussels, 2014


Some publications here. 

The TIME, POLITIKEN,The Atlantic,the Guardian,WashingtonPost,Le Monde,le Parisien, lePoint.fr, RTL.be,La Libre Belgique,l'Est Républicain,le Dauphiné Libéré, Migrations/Magazine, Egypt Independent, SoFoot magazine,Sydvenskan, ,Le Vif/L'Express, Mada masr, Al Jazeera, Jeune Afrique