Kiana (b.1988) grew up in Tehran and moved to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. She has worked internationally but remained focus on stories that illuminates her background. Her self-initiated and self-funded projects often explore complex topics such as migration, adolescence and sexuality. She is currently working on a long-term project documenting the lives of youth and their culture in societies dealing with conflict and war. She is currently based out of Kabul, Afghanistan, covering the region. Her work has appeared in Le Monde, Washington Post, Sunday Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Globe and Mail, Monocle Magazine, The Australian, Aljazeera America and CNN among others. Follow her on Instagram (@kianahayeri) where she shares bits and pieces of daily life as she roams, explores and tells stories.
- Anja Niedringhaus Courage In Photojournalism Award Honorable Mention, 2021