Tommy Trenchard is a British journalist and photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa.
Formerly the Reuters correspondent for Sierra Leone, he works mainly in Africa and the Middle East in both text and photography for clients including the New York Times, The Economist, the Wall Street Journal, TIME Magagazine, Newsweek, Stern Magazine, the Sunday Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, Le Monde, Nature, the BBC, NPR and AlJazeera among many others.
He also works regularly as a photographer for some of the world’s leading NGOs, such as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), The Red Cross, Save the Children, ActionAid, Oxfam and the International Rescue Committee.
He is represented by Panos Pictures.
Tommy’s work has won several international awards including the 2015 Amnesty International Media Award, the George Foster Peabody Award, an Emmy nomination, three gold medals at the Paris Photo Prize (Px3), and saw him named one of the top emerging photographers of 2015 and 2017 by the Magenta Foundation. He also features on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for 2018.
He is fully trained and certified in emergency first aid and surviving hostile environments and is available for assignments worldwide.
PDN Photo Annual - Winner in the photojournalism category
NPPA Best of Photojournalism - Honorable Mention for news picture story
Amnesty International Media Awards - Finalist for photojournalism
Forbes 30 Under 30 - Media and marketing category
UK Picture Editors' Guild Awards - Shortlisted for best photo essay
International Photography Awards - 3rd place in Features and General News categories
Px3 (Paris Photo Prize) - Gold medal for war photography
World Report Award - Shortlisted
Moscow International Photo Awards - 3rd place
AITO Travel Writer of the Year - Shortlisted
Magenta Foundation - Flash Forward 2017
Emmy Awards - Nominated for best coverage of an ongoing news story.
International photography Awards - Honourable mention in the editorial category.
World Press Photo - 2nd place in the immersive storytelling multimedia category (with NPR).
Amnesty International Media Award for photojournalism - Winner
Magenta Foundation - Flash Forward 2015 Winner.
George Foster Peabody Award - With NPR.
Px3 (Paris Photo Prize) - 3 gold medals in the features and general news categories.
International Photography Awards (The Lucies) - 2nd place in the general news category.
Kontinent Awards - 2nd Place in the documentary category.
Pictures of the Year International (POYi) - Award of Excellence
Lens Culture Exposure Awards - Finalist
World stinging nettle eating championships - 12th place