Virginie Nguyen Hoang

About Virginie Nguyen Hoang

Born in Belgium, Virginie Nguyen Hoang studied journalism at the IHECS school (Brussels) as well as trained in photojournalism at the Danish School of Media and Journalism (Denmark). In 2010, she became a photographer for the French news agency Wostok Press but left in 2013. Meanwhile, in May 2012, she joined the Studio Hanslucas and became the co-founder of the Collectif HUMA.

From January 2012 to August 2014, she settled in Egypt as a freelancer but also as a photojournalist for the local newspapers « Egypt Independent » and then for « Mada masr ».

Through her photographs, she aims to tell stories, especially those concerning social exclusion and the consequences of conflict on local populations.

Since the beginning of her career, Virginie has carried out several reports in Belgium but also in Syria, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Libya, Ukraine, Vietnam, the Philippines, Afghanistan, India, in Gaza, the Central African Republic and Malaysia. 

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, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Politiken, De Standaard, La Libre Belgique...

Since 2019, Virginie collaborates with Fujifilm Belgium as an "Influencer" and works with a Fujifilm XT3. 

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 is also the laureate of the Vocatio Grant in Belgium, nominee at the "Prix Bayeux Calvados of war correspondents" in the "Young Reporter" Category and won the TV Regional prize from students and trainees in Normandy with the video documentary "War is a Bitch" on Ukrainian army soldiers fighting on the hardest fronts in the East of the country.

In September 2018, Virginie won the ANI-PixTrakk Prize at the International Photojournalism Festival "Visa pour l'image" with her story "Gaza, the aftermath".

In November 2019, she's the laureate of the "Prize of the citizenship" by the Foundation P&V in Belgium. 


November 2019: Laureate of the "Prize of the Citizenship" by the P&V Foundation in Belgium
September 2018: Winner of the Ani-Pixpalace Prize at the Visa pourImages festival with "Gaza, the aftermath)

April 2017:
Silver in the "Editorial category" at the Sienna International photo award 

October 2016 : Co-winner of the TV Trophy - Regional prize for students and trainees of Normandy, Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents 2016.

October 2016 : Nominee in the “Young Reporter” category at Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents 2016 with the story “Still, there is a war”.

June 2016: 3rd prize at the MIFA award in Moscow with the work “Gaza, the aftermath”

April 2016: Laureate of the Vocatio Grant

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

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 Belgium Nikon Press Award in the category "Promising young photographer/Stories" with the reportage "The Roma under stigmatization".

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



August 2011-Present: Member of the collective HUMA
March 2012-present: Contributor for the studio HansLucas
May 2011- September 2019: Member of the Board of Directors of the French association FreeLens, for photography of public interest.
October 2014 – August 2015: Contributor for the Belgian magazine M..Belgique
August 2013- August 2014: Stringer for Agence France Presse (AFP)
December 2012- August 2013: Stringer for Associated Press (AP)
May 2013 – August 2014: photojournalist and multimedia producer at the daily online newspaper Mada Masr.
January 2012- May 2013: photojournalist and multimedia producer at the daily online newspaper Egypt Independent (weekly print)
October 2011 – January 2013: Photojournalist at the agency Wostok Press. 

“What the Foot ?!”, collective exhibition of the Collectif HUMA, “Géopolis, centre du photojournalisme, Brussels, Belgium, February 2020.
"Portrait d'Avenir", traveling exhibition of the Collectif HUMA with the European Social Fund (ESF), Brussels, Charleroi, Villers-la-Ville, November 2018 to October 2019.
“What the Foot ?!”, collective exhibition of the Collectif HUMA, Décines, France, July 2019.
“What the Foot ?!”, collective exhibition of the Collectif HUMA in collaboration with SOFoot magazine, Paris, France, June and July 2019.
“Women photoreporters”, Halles St Géry, organized by Géopolis, Brussels, June 2019.
“Virginie Nguyen Hoang, Photographs that tell and challenge”, Art Studio Gallery, Liège, December 2018 to January 2019.
“Je Suis Humain”, The Foundry, collective exhibition of the Collectif HUMA, June 2017
“The rainbow of Gaza”, Saison photographique  de l’Abbaye de l’Epau”, Yvré-Lévêques, May 2017.
“Gaza, the aftermath”, Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents, MAHB Museum, October 2016.
“Gaza, the aftermath”, Zoom photofestival of Chicoutimi, Saguenay October 2015.
« Le Caire : les oubliés de la révolution », IHECS, Brussels 2014.
« Regard sur la jeune génération de photographes », Bayeux-Calvados Award for war correspondents, 2013.
Exhibtion of the collective HUMA, sablon, Appart Gallery, Brussels 2012
"Les Roms au-delà de la stigmatisation", ERGO network office, Brussels 2010.
"Sweet Home", Brussels Parlement, Brussels 2011
“Les Roms debouts”, Bois du Cazier, Charleroi, 2011

Some publications here. 
The New York Times, The TIME, POLITIKEN,The Atlantic,the Guardian,WashingtonPost,Le Monde,le Parisien,,,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, Borsen, La Vie.