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

Working worldwide.

Biography :

Jan-Joseph Stok is a photojournalist with a Master in Photojournalism and Documentary photography obtained at the London College of Communication. With more than 15 years experience working on the African continent across 26 African countries. He has worked extensively in DR Congo since 2005 and covered a wide range of topics for the Dutch and International press. For four years he worked as Africa/conflict photographer for the Dutch Newspaper Trouw. Nowadays he often works for International media and has been published in European and International newspapers and magazines around the world. He has a great experience in Human rights and environmental issues, also investigating stories on issues like minerals, Oil exploration,deforestation and conflict and post conflict zones... He is the co-author of two journalistic books called ‘Blood Mobiles’ (together with Seada Nourhussen) and Welcome in Darfur this is our lives (together with Elwin Verheggen). He has trained local photographers in Nigeria, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda. He has received several awards, such as Best Photojournalist of the Year under 30 in 2006 at the Zilveren Camera (Canonprijs). In 2008, his picture of Laurent N'kunda dressed in his suit taken at his home was awarded best foreign picture of the year in the Netherlands at the Zilveren Camera. Jan-Joseph has strong field-experience, covering some of the most difficult countries in the world such as Sudan (Darfur), Congo, Somalia, Chad, Mali and Afghanistan.. among others. He is very used to work in hard conditions, but the key of his work lays in building trust with people on the ground.

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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