Jan-JosephStok     Mob:+31 6 28 81 33 21 / Based in the Netherlands.

Working worldwide.

Biography :

Jan-Joseph Stok is a photojournalist with more than 20 years of field-experience working on the African continentacross 26 African countries ( Sudan (Darfur), Somalia, DR Congo, Mali, Chad, Madagascar,Mozambique, among others). One of his fields of expertise is the Democratic Republic of Congo which he has been reporting extensively for the Dutch and International press since 2005. For several years he has worked as Africa/conflict photographer forthe Dutch Newspaper Trouw. Nowadays he regularly works for International media and has been published in European and International newspapers and magazines around the world. The core of his work focuses on underreported human rights and environmental issues often taking place in very difficult accessible territories. At times and separately from his journalistic work he also regularly works for Ngo’s with causes he believes in. He is the author of two journalistic books called "Blood Mobiles, Coltan in Congo"(together with Seada Nourhussen) and Welcome in Darfur this is our lives (together with Elwin Verheggen). Working on long term projects with other photographers or colleagues from other disciplines like the Rise of Populism in Europe and Che in Congo.  He has trained local photographers in Nigeria, Congo, Burundi, Rwandaand Uganda. He has received several awards, such as Best Photojournalist of theYear under 30 in 2006 at the Zilveren Camera. In 2008, his picture of Laurent N'kunda dressed in his suit taken at his home was awarded best foreign pictureof the year in the Netherlands at the Zilveren Camera. He is member of two photo agencies: De Beeldunie in the Netherlands and Hans Lucas in France.

Curriculum vitae:


2006   Master of Arts in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the
London College of Communication, University of the Arts of London. United Kingdom.

2004  Exchange semester in Photojournalism at the Danish School of Journalism
in Aarhus combined with an Internship at the Danish Newspaper Politiken, Denmark.

2002–2005  Bachelor in European studies at the University of Maastricht, the

1998 – 2001  Photography at the Fotoacademie in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

1990 –1997  Ecole Active Bilingue Jeannine Manuel de LilleMetropole in Lille,


Diploma’sand Awards

2017  Certificaat Medische opfriscursus/ NVJ Academy : Levensreddende handelingen in conflictgebieden.

2009 - 1st Prize Foreign News Single Zilveren Camera 2008.

2006 - Master of Arts in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography obtainedfrom the University of Arts of London, London College of Communication, London,United Kingdomg.

2006 - Awarded the Canon prize for Best photojournalist under 30 years atthe

Zilveren Camera in the Netherlands

2005 - Bachelor of Arts in European Studies of the University of Maastricht.

2000 - Certificate Basisopleiding Fotographie (foundation course inphotography)

1997 - Baccalaureate Economique et Social  in France(economics and social sciences)

1997 - International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

1996 - First Certificate in English from the University of Cambridge (FCE)


2004 - Internship at Politiken(Danish Newspaper), Denmark.

2005 -present - Freelance photographer/photojournalist forNewspapers and Magazines including: Trouw, NRC Handelsblad, One World, The Time's,The Guardian,Le Monde,Washington Post, De Standaard, Knack, Arte, Le Monde Diplomatique...

2005-present - Commissioned for assignments in various African (worked in 26different African countries) and Asian countries for Ngo's and projects like : MSF, GreenpeaceInternational, Stichting Vluchteling, IUCN,Liliane Fonds, Leprastichting...

2007-present Freelance Photojournalist, Africa  and conflict Photographer for the Dutch Daily NewspaperTrouw.



- Bloedmobieltjes, Coltan inCongo, together with journalist Seada Nourhussen, published by Kit Publishers.


Welkom in Darfur, dit is ons leven. Together with journalist ElwinVerheggen. Published by Kit Publishers. 2009.



May 2013- April2014. Transboundary Observatory in Great Lakes region ( Democratic Republic ofCongo, Rwanda, Uganda, Burundi). Trained 73 Observers/ Citizen journalists infour countries in a period of one year. Training session composed of 1 Recce and 3 training sessions.


9 October-30thOctober. Workshop with Group of Nigerian Photographers at Lagos Photo Festival.Theme of Workshop : Local Hero.

Jan-Joseph is available for assignments all around the world, to order prints or for picture requests for publications or for any questions about the work.  Languages spoken: English (Fluent), Dutch (Fluent), French (Fluent), German (average). 

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Email :    Phone number: + 31 6 28 81 33 21 

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