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)