ABOUT / BIO

PIOTR MALECKI
Though photography began for Piotr Malecki as a way of filling the slack hours after school it soon developed into a full-blown passion, and completely defined his professional life.

Choosing first to study film-making at Silesian University in Katowice, Piotr then moved to the UK to study photography in Bournemouth, returning to Poland as a staff photographer for the weekly news magazine Wprost. He soon recognized that in order to tell stories of importance, and to satiate his wanderlust he needed to go freelance, a decision which has taken him across Europe, Russia, China, Palestine, and the USA.

In addition to photography, Piotr is seriously involved in documentary filmmaking. 
His documentary "Out of the Blue" has been selected Best Documentary at the Grand OFF film festival in Warsaw, 2016, while a series of his shorts  got him a second place in POYi 2012 Best Multimedia Photographer of the Year.
Moreover, his video A Thousand More, which was shot in New York won first prize in FotoWeek DC’s 2011 Documentary and Experimental category.

He has also teaching photojournalism at the University of Warsaw and is a director of Napo Foundation, which helps young people enter the industry.

Piotr’s work has been published in the New York Times, Politiken, the Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Newsweek Japan and Poland, Polityka Magazine, and National Geographic Poland and many others.


EDUCATION
2013-14 Wajda Film School, Warsaw, Poland. DOK Pro (documentary filmmaking)
2013 NFTS, Beaconsfield, United Kingdom. (workshop in observational filming)
2011 MediaStorm, New York. (multimedia Advanced Storytelling workshop)
2000-01 Silesian University, Katowice, Poland. (Cinematography)
1990-91 Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design, UK. (Photography)
1987-88 Silesian University, Katowice, Poland. (Cinematography)

GRANTS
2016 Polish Ministry of Culture: “Over There” documentary
2011 Polish Ministry of Culture: Series of stories about life in Warsaw


AWARDS/EXHIBITIONS/FESTIVALS
2016 Grand OFF film festival, best documentary prize for "Out of the Blue"
2015 DOK Leipzig Festival, film "Out of the Blue" , main competition programme
2015 East Silver, Prague, film "Out of the Blue" nomination for Silver Eye award.
2015 OFFOTO, Opole photography festival, exhibition of "Disco Polo" series
2013 Grand Press Photo, Poland, first prize in multimedia cat. for "Jodie"
2012 Fotovisura - Honourable mention for feature story about meat production in Kansas
2012 Pictures of the Year, USA (POYi): Two awards; 2-nd award for Multimedia Portfolio of the Year and an Award of Excellence.
2011 First prize in FotoWeek DC's Documentary Storytelling and Experimental category for "A Thousand More" multimedia.
2011 Grand Press Photo, Poland, first prize in multimedia for "City Horses"
2009 BZWBK Press Photo, Poland – 2nd prize in News features
2009 „Newsreportage” contest of Newsweek Poland – 2nd prize in News
2008 „Newsreportage” of Newsweek Poland – 2nd prize in News
2008 BZWBK contest, Poland – special prize of Rzeczpospolita daily
2008 Exhibition in Beijing, China; Polish images for STERN.
2006 Exhibition in Tarnowskie Centrum Kultury, Tarnow, Poland
2006 First prize in Civilization category, at BZWBK photo contest, Poland
2005 Exhibition in Green Gallery, Warsaw
2004 „Newsreportage” of Newsweek Poland – 1-st prize
2003 National Geographic exhibition in Warsaw, Poland
2001 M.I.L.K. photos contest New Zealand – award in category “Love”
1998 Polish Press Photography contest – 2nd Prize in People Stories
1997 Polish Press Photography contest – 2nd and 3rd Prizes in Daily Life Stories
1997 Fuji Poland Award for reportage from West Bank.
1993 Polish Press Photography contest – 1-st Prize in People Stories