Documenting stories that matter
We work with experienced, award-winning photographers and filmmakers from around the world who are determined to push boundaries, challenge assumptions and inspire change.
We have over 30 years experience working with both the commercial and non-profit sectors, actively using photography and film to communicate to new and diverse audiences.
Photography and Video Assignments
We represent over 50 photographers and filmmakers worldwide known for their fresh and intelligent approach and respected for their integrity and willingness to pursue stories beyond the contemporary media agenda.
We work with dynamic filmmakers across the globe who produce films that tell the stories behind the headlines through independent films for broadcast, editorial stories for leading publications and CSR films for corporate clients.
From photographs and films to exhibitions and books, we produce innovative, multi-country creative projects for our worldwide clients to connect with new and diverse audiences.
We have over 400,000 images and films in our archive documenting social, political and economic issues across the globe. All archived content is available for purchase for editorial and commercial use.
History & Awards
Founded in 1986, Panos has evolved from a photo archive of the Panos Institute, an NGO that specialised in communication on development issues, to become one of the world’s leading independent and award-winning photographic agencies.
In the last decade, Panos photographers have won numerous awards.
World Press Photo
2021 – Mads Nissen (“Photo of the Year”), Lale de Almeida
2020 – Frédéric Noy, Ivor Prickett, Matthew Abbott
2019 – Catalina Martin-Chico
2018 – Patrick Brown, Ivor Prickett, Espen Rasmussen
2017 – Hossein Fatemi, Zackary Canepari
2015 – Mads Nissen (Picture of the Year), Kacper Kowalski
2014 – Robin Hammond, Elena Chernyshova, William Daniels, Kacper Kowalski, Abbie Trayler-Smith
2012 – Stephan Vanfleteren
2011 – Andrew McConnell, Fernando Moleres, Martin Roemers, Kemal Jufri, Chris Keulen
Pictures of the Year International
2021 – Adam Dean, Mads Nissen
2020 – Mads Nissen, Matthew Abbott, Ian Willms, Adam Dean, Ivan Kashinsky
2019 – Robin Hammond, Kacper Kowalski, Hossein Fatemi, Mads Nissen
2018 – Ivor Prickett, Adam Dean, Mads Nissen, Andrew McConnell
2017 – Zackary Canepari, Adam Dean, Ivor Prickett, William Daniels, Mark Henley, Kemal Jufri
2016 – Hossein Fatemi, Espen Rasmussen, Zackary Canepari, Seamus Murphy, Stuart Freedman, Kacper Kowalski, Kemal Jufri, Christian Als and Ivan Kashinsky
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize
2017 – Abbie Trayler-Smith (second prize)
2015 – Ivor Prickett (fourth prize)
SONY World Photography Awards
2019 – Kieran Dodds
2017– Ivor Prickett
2016 – Espen Rasmussen
Adrian worked as a freelance graphic designer for three years after university before moving into photography at the Hutchison archive. In 1990, he joined Panos Pictures as Archive Director, buying a controlling stake in the agency in 1997. Under his direction Panos Pictures has become the pre-eminent photo agency for ‘concerned photojournalism’, known throughout the industry for its intelligent and sensitive commentary on social issues.
Editor & Archive Sales
Michael began his career in photography at the German news magazine Der Spiegel in 1997 and after working with the director of the Independent Photographers Group (IPG) for a brief period joined Panos in late 1999. His roles have included feature sales, assignments editor, and now editor. He edits the work of Panos photographers for the archive, writes for the blog and assists photographers in editing their photo stories.
Anna has worked in photography since 2006. She began her career at Magnum Photos, working on projects that included their 60th anniversary book Magnum Magnum. She joined Panos Pictures in 2008 and established our multimedia and film department in 2009. Anna is also the co-founder of film and photography projection festival Night Contact and a freelance creative producer, working with photographers to create digital elements for their personal projects.
John graduated as a graphic designer from Central School of Art and Design in 1983. Initially working in the music industry he subsequently spent time at Neville Brody’s Research Studios, disability organisation Scope and on numerous projects with designer Lucienne Roberts. He has also freelanced for various NGOs including Save the Children, UNICEF and BBC Media Action. John has been involved with Panos Pictures projects from the beginning and has been responsible for the graphic design of all recent exhibitions.