Wendell Phillips, Photojournalist

Biography - Wendell Phillips

Wendell Phillips

Wendell Phillips is a Vancouver based photojournalist with three decades of experience in editorial and human development photography. He is the recipient of 30 Picture-of-the-Year awards from North American news organizations and two National Magazine Awards. He was voted Canada’s News Photographer of the Year in 1988 and nominated for Canadian Photojournalist of the Year in 2007 and 2009. The Photographic Society of America honoured Wendell with the International Understanding through Photography Award recognizing his socially engaged documentaries and public lectures with a humanitarian perspective. Phillips has documented the diversity of the human condition on 5 continents in 70 countries.

His work has been exhibited in many centers that include the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, the Galerie Clairefontaine Espace 1 in Luxembourg, and the United Nations in New York City. After several years working as a staff photographer in daily newspapers, Phillips makes his living with international media and human development global photo departments. His images have been featured with the New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, BBC World News, South China Morning Post, and The Atlantic.

Assignments and Travel

Wendell Phillips has covered assignments in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Bosnia and imbeds with NATO forces in Kosovo and Sandinista soldiers in warzones of Nicaragua (1986 &1988). Other contracts include floating hospitals of Bangladesh, Haiti (Earthquake 2010) Muslim Uyghur's of China's Xinjiang province, Prisons of Nepal, Tibetan refugee camps, Landmine clearing in Cambodia, post tsunami stories in Banda Ache, Indonesia, Winter Olympic Games, World Cup of Surfing in Oahu, Hawaii, Dogrib people of the Northwest Territories , Inuit Narwhal Hunters of Polar Greenland, Burmese Karen refugee camps, Yaguas of the Amazon Basin, Ifugao’s of Northern Philippines, Surgeons of Sri Lanka, tribes of Madagascar and Ethiopia, Tuareg Nomads of Mali, Palestinian camps of Jordan, Kibera slums of Nairobi, Fishermen of Mombasa, Cholita wrestlers of South America, animals of Tanzania’s Serengeti in Africa, and stories in Egypt, Serbia, Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, and photo essays in Cuba, Jamaica,Turkey, Peru, Vietnam, Israel, Denmark, India and Transylvania in Romania.

Phillips has also covered many world leaders from Pope John Paul in Rome, seven Canadian Prime Ministers, to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President Amadou Toumani Toure in Bamako, President Evo Morales of Bolivia, President Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua and Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.


NPAC - News Photographers Assocation of Canada (formerly WCNPA/ONPA) www.npac.ca
NPPA - National Press Photographers Association / Best of Photojournalism www.bop.nppa.org

Speaking engagements (Partial list of 150 venues)