Gordwin Odhiambo is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya. His work focuses on daily life and development issues, both within the community, nationaly and internationaly. These includes; education, arts and culture, environment and climate change, healthcare, technology and community, community development projects, special corporate assignments, and editorial work. Born in Nairobi, Gordwin started his photography as a way to depict his community the way he sees it.

Growing up, the photos he saw online from here and in general, Africa, only depicted dramatic situations with mostly published photos of suffering. He wanted to show the everyday life that he believes tells the true stories of a place. As an insider community photographer, his social media photos have garnered accolades due to the true representation they depict of his home community.

My documentary photo projects aim to create digital footprints where current visuals can be harnessed. I aim to bring a sense of archival to the visuals I take from the communities i photograph by being able to properly make sense and coherence of the current and past works. My photo projects focus on the intricate relationships among people and changes in time and space, while considering with great interest their ideologies and history, and aesthetics of their environment and that of mine.

With awareness on both local and international development issues, his visuals always aim to drive the story forward. Gordwin studied at the University of Nairobi, School of Biological and Physical Sciences. He underwent professional training and a professional volunteer program on local and international development by Oxfam/ICS/VSO at the coast of Kenya. Gordwin has done and assisted in the production of assignments for various publications and media. houses; these include National Geographic, Magnum Foundation, Getty Images, National Public Radio (NPR), Concern International, NYTimes, Der Spiegel, Gates Foundation, and La Monde, among others.

Gordwin contributes to Everydayafrica and National Geographic's Natgeoyourshot on instagram. He also wires for Agence France Presse (AFP).

Photography Talks:

2019 Behind The Lens With Gordwin Odhiambo - Catchlight
2021 Behind-the- stories - Uganda Press Photo
2021 Constructive Journalism - Deutsche Welle
2021 Idea Lab - Show and tell, nuanced photojournalism from Kenya - Constructive Institute 2021
2021 24 hrs for the future of Journalism - Constructive Institute
2022 Shifting the Narratives - Melrose gallery south Africa. Pan African contemporary photography exhibition
2023 Finding Your Stories - Nairobi
2023 IJNET - Advice for photographing vulnerable communities ethically and compassionately

Photography Workshops:

2018 World Press Photo Foundation Masterclass - Nairobi
2018 Hacking The African Imagination - MIT Media Lab
'During this stage, I asked all participants to brainstorm in full detail a fantasy Afro-centric world, from any time or place. The worlds had to have characters and a central story for it’s way of being'.
2018 - VII Photo Foundation Masterclass.
During the program, industry experts mentor the participants, sharing their personal experience and knowledge. By engaging in dialogue with the masters, as well as with their fellow participants, the program aims to build relationships that will help develop the participants’ work in the future.
2021 - Noor Photojournalism Masterclass
The NOOR Masterclass on “Capturing Climate Change” (8-11 Nov), led by award-winning NOOR author Kadir van Lohuizen, will empower 8 selected, young photojournalists by facilitating the development of their journalistic, investigative skills and visual mastery. By telling stories on the local impacts of climate change in Tanzania and Kenya to raise awareness, provoke debate and inspire change on the climate crisis and its effects on the urban youth in Tanzania and Kenya. 2023 Disarming Disinformation - Training of Trainers - International Center for Journalists.


2020 Photo Basel Takes a Closer Look - Belgium
2021 Uganda Press Photo Awards Exhibitions - Uganda
2019 World Press Photo Foundations - Oldenberg, Germany
2020 Noor Images - Environment and Climate Reporting - Tanzania
2018 VII Photo Foundation Africa Rising Photo Screening - Nairobi
2022 Shifting the Narratives - Melrose gallery south Africa. Pan African contemporary photography exhibition
2022 Photo exhibitions - capturing climate change - Tanzania


2021 IPA; Shortlist: International Sports Photographer Awards
2020 Winner; East African Photography Awards
2021 Runners up; East African Photography Awards
The East African Photography Award which is open to citizens of Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda saw the top prize go to Kenyan documentary photojournalist Gordwin Odhiambo for his story ‘Reinventing and Adapting Through Coronavirus’. 2018 Slum Photography Awards winner

2021 Constructive Journalism Fellowship

This is DW Akademie's first Constructive Journalism Fellowship and is designed for video journalists, photographers and documentary filmmakers from the MENA region and Africa. Fellows take part in an extensive, several-month online training program and will be supported in producing a constructive TV report, documentary or photo series that deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

2021 Magnum Foundation
2020 DW Akademie
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