Agata Szymanska-Medina (b.1981) is polish photojournalist based in Berlin Germany. She graduated in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hannover, Germany. Her work focuses on long-term projects with socio-political issues.
Agata is working as a freelance photo- and video journalist. Her work has been published in DER SPIEGEL, Stern, DIE ZEIT, The Guardian, BuzzFeed, SZ-Magazin, ARTE, Politiken, Taz, DUMMY Magazin, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Free Mens World, Spiegel Online, Zenith, SPIEGEL WISSEN, SPIEGEL JOB, Zeit Online, JWD, Gazeta Wyborcza
Awards/Grants
Magnum Foundation – Counter Histories Grant 2022
Scholarship VII Academy Sarajevo 2021 – Nine-month Seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice
European Cross-Border Grant – Scholarship for investigative journalism – Journalismfund.eu
FPGC Found – Journalism Grant – Foundation for Polish-German Collaboration
VG Bild-Kunst – Scholarship for open development projects – Kulturwerk Foundation of VGB Kunst
Lotto Brandenburg Photography Art Prize 2021 – winner
German Reporterpreis 2020 – nomination
German-Polish T. Mazowiecki Journalist Award  2020 – winner in category multimedia
Masterclass Nikon-Noor Academy 2017, C/O Berlin
Kartographen – Mercator Grant Program for Journalists
Reporters in the Field Grant – R. Bosch Stiftung
Zenith Award –  2 Prize
n-ost Reportage Award 2017 – shortlist
n-ost Reportage Award 2016 –  shortlist
Exhibitions
2022 Group Exhibition „Zwischenzeit“, GAF Galerie Für Fotografie, Hannover (G)
2021 Group Exhibition „Strukturen im Wandeln“, Brandenburgisches Landesmuseum für moderne Kunst, CB Dieselkraftwerk, Cottbus (G)
2019 Group Exibition „WHAT’S NEXT: STUDENTS FROM HANOVER.“ Visa pour I`lmage: Festival International du Photojournalisme, Parpignion (Fr)
2018 Group Exhibition „European Youth“ – Coop. with Magnum/Speos School Paris, Danish School of Media and Journalismus and Univ. of Applied Sciences & Arts Hannover, Kunst- und Kulturzentrum der Städte Region Aachen, Monschau (G)
2018 Group Exhibition „Youth“,  Triennial of Photography – Container of Univ. of Applied Sciences & Arts Hannover, Hamburg (G)
2016 Group Exhibition „Linden Leben“, Halle 96, Hannover (G)
2015 Group Exhibition „Bialystok Interphoto Festival“, Bialystok (PL)
2015 Group Exhibition „Linden Leben“, Kunsthalle Faust, Hannover (G)
2015 Group Exhibition „Muslime in Deutschland“, Stadtmuseum, Erlangen (G)
2014 Group Exhibition „Fotodialog“, Haus der Kultur, Opalenica (PL)
2013 Group Exhibition „Handwerk“, Künstlerhaus, Hannover (G)
2013 Group Exhibition „Muslime in Deutschland“, Haus der Geschichte, Bonn (G)
2012 Group Exhibition „Bilder der Islam in Deutschland“, Stiftung Mercator im Zusammenarbeit mit Zenith Zeitschrift für den Orient, Berlin (G)
2012 Group Exhibition „Facetten des Seins“, Alte Feuerwache, Berlin (G)