Tom Pilston

Oxford, United Kingdom


1963, British

Tom worked in the music and fashion industry before moving to photojournalism in the late 1980s. As a staff photographer on the then newly launched Independent newspaper Tom worked across its titles specialising in photo essays from the UK and abroad, travelling to Bosnia, Burma, Sudan and Kosovo among many others. In 2007, he decided to go freelance, covering Barak Obama's first election and the war in Syria on a number of assignments.

Throughout his career, Tom has worked for and with numerous charities and non-profit organisations, highlighting the work they do around the world. He contributes regularly to UK magazines, such as the Sunday Times, and numerous international publications.

Alongside his photojournalism Tom also takes on corporate and promotional commissions, shooting for companies and non-profit organisations. He also works in multi media and shoots video.

Tom's clients include the Sunday Times Magazine, The Guardian, the Financial Times, The Times, The Telegraph, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Newsweek and Le Point magazine. He regularly works with Save the Children, UNICEF and Christian Aid. His corporate clients include include British Airways, Marks & Spencer, Pashley Cycles and the Booktrust.

He has won World Press Photo awards, a Nikon award, an Amnesty International Award and numerous others.

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Visiting the various sites where terrorists struck on the night of 13 November 2015 across Paris, Tom Pilston met countless people who had gathered in silent contemplation of the devastating events that had struck their city.

Panos photographers on the 2010 general election campaign.

‘It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this day, in this election, at this defining moment, change has come to America.

Thousands of protestors descended on the City of London ahead of the April 2009 G20 summit of world leaders to express anger at the economic crisis.

22 January 2012 marks the 6-month anniversary of the bombing and shooting campaign carried out by Anders Behring Breivik which killed 77 people, mainly teenagers, in Oslo and on a nearby island.

In a land ravaged by decades of war, a local aid organisation sought to use sport to bring a renewed spirit of peace and friendship.

Behind the scenes at Al Jazeera’s Qatar headquarters~~ The rise of Al Jazeera has been nothing if not meteoric.

Tom Pilston was commissioned by The Times to photograph inside Syria, where the death toll from intense fighting between President Assad’s forces and numerous groups of opposition fighters has been rising sharply.

The village of Muchelney in Somerset has been cut off from the surrounding countryside for over a month due to some of the worst flooding seen in Britain in generations.