Chris Hopkins is a freelance documentary photojournalist based in Melbourne, Australia.

Chris’ work has a footing in humanitarian story telling and within this broad brushstroke, explores themes such as race, mental health and faith. Combining still imagery and video, his work from around the globe aims to bring human rights issues to the forefront of public awareness with the intent to change governmental policy.

Editorially, Chris’ clients include The New York Times, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Australian Financial Review, The Guardian, The Global Mail, AFR Magazine and UNHCR. His written work has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The New Daily. Chris also features across worldwide news wire services through assignments with Getty Images.

Chris has extensive experience in portraiture, editorial and lifestyle photography and has a corporate client list that includes Bauer Media, Lion Nathan Food and Wine, GM Holden, ANZ Bank, Creative Victoria, YMCA Victoria and Alzheimers Australia Vic. He is the official photographer for the Victorian State Government’s – Regional Victoria Campaign. He is also part of ‘The Media Gang’, an agency servicing the Australian editorial and magazine industry.

Chris currently resides in Melbourne, Australia.

Excerpt from Judges Comments from The United Nations Australia Media Awards 2015-

‘Chris Hopkins submission, Trauma: To Forgive or Forget, provides a powerfully moving, up-close look at the physical and psychological effects of conflict and trauma on the lives of victims of violence in conflict-ridden central Africa. The synopsis highlights the complex situation of those torn between the imperative to forgive, and the difficulty of forgetting—forced to live alongside those who’ve perpetrated violence against them but reminded daily of the physical and psychological scars they bear.

The first image in this series is probably the strongest image overall submitted in this category. In the technical aspects of composition, lighting and visual language, this image is original, while having a strong visual impact.

The images capture very well the narrative described in the synopsis, focusing on different generations who have been affected by violence and trauma and communicating powerfully the trauma experienced by the subjects of these photographs. It is an outstanding example of how photojournalism can be employed to raise public awareness about urgent humanitarian issues.’


2017: Finalist Sinchi Indigenous Cultural Photography Award, ‘Reportage’ – ‘Mentawai’ (International)

2017: Finalist Siena International Photography Award, ‘Reportage’ – ‘Mentawai’ (International)

2017: Winner Getty Images for Fairfax ‘Image of the month’ – ‘Jessica’ (Australia)

2017: Featured Image ‘Of Kin and Kind’ Exhibition – ‘My Streets’ (from series Race Riots) (Melbourne)

2017: Finalist Melbourne Press Club “Quill Awards” ‘Feature Photograph’ – ‘My Silent Grief’ (Melbourne)

2016: Getty Images for Fairfax 3rd Place ‘Folio of the Year’ – (Australia)

2016: Finalist (collaboration with Fairfax Media) United Nations Australia Media Awards ‘Online’ – ‘Australian Muslim Voices’ (Australia)

2016: Finalist Siena International Photography Award, ‘Portrait’ – ‘Eveline’ (International)

2016: Winner Getty Images for Fairfax ‘Image of the month’ – ‘Streeties’ (Australia)

2015: Finalist United Nations Australia Media Awards ‘Photojournalism’ – ‘Trauma’ (Australia)

2015: Finalist PANPA Newspaper Awards ‘National News Image’ – ‘Reclaim Australia’ (Pan Pacific)

2015: Finalist & Honourable Mention Siena International Photography Award, ‘Portrait’ – ‘Genocides Curse’ (International)

2015: Winner Getty Images for Fairfax ‘Image of the month’ – ‘Reclaim Australia’ (Australia)

2015: Finalist Melbourne Press Club “Quill Awards” ‘Feature Photograph’ – ‘Eleanor’ (Melbourne)

2014: Finalist HeadOn Photographic Festival ‘Multimedia’ – ‘The Last Dairy Farmer’ (Australia)

2013: Featured Image See.Me Exhibition – Dan (from series The Kill Floor) (New York City)

2012: Winner Walkley Prize ‘Best Slideshow’ – ‘The Village of Friendship’ (Melbourne)

2011: Finalist The Long and Short of it ‘Photo Essay’ – ‘The Kill Floor’ (Australia)