David J Shaw


Email:  davidjshawphoto@gmail.com

Phone: +44 (0) 7791 101 072

Twitter: @davidjshawphoto

Insta: instagram.com/davidjshawphoto


David Shaw is a photographer, film maker and journalist from the UK who works on a range of investigative stories, assignments and personal projects across many story telling mediums. His work has taken him throughout Europe, The Middle East, North America and Asia but he also works on long-term projects in the UK. 

Through photography, documentary film and writing, Shaw aims to provide a space for people and places to tell their stories to the world.

Since 2017 he became a member of the INPRO collective:

In 2023 - 2025 Shaw will be studying for an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC for which he received a scholarship for.

Shaw's work has featured in many online and print publications internationally. Highlights Include Al-Jazeera, VICE, The Guardian, Mundial, The Economist, The New Internationalist, The Financial Times, BBC, The Blizzard, HUCK, Howler, Rabona, Delayed Gratification, The Huffington Post, The LA Review of Books, Contra Journal amongst many others.

He is also regularly commissioned by international NGOs such as Solidarités International, ORBIS International, ICRC (Red Cross) Lebanon, UNDP, The Palestinian Red Crescent Society, The Rustic Pathways Foundation and the International Solidarity Movement. 

He represented London College of Communication at the 2012 London Olympics as an official torch bearer - sold the torch on ebay and used the money to go to Gaza, Lebanon and India!

His first book 'Oh When The Blues' was published in 2016 after a successful kickstarter campaign.

In 2018 he published his book 'England Fans In Russia' with an accompanying touring exhibition which included a show at the National Football Museum in Manchester.


- MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography - London College Of Communication - 2023/2025

- BA Photojournalism - London College of Communication - 2013 - 1st Class Honours. 

- Eddie Adams Workshop - 2014

- VII photo agency masterclass - 2016/17

- NikonNOOR Workshop Manchester - 2017

Selected Awards

- Photography Foundation Grant Shortlist 2023

- UAL Home Postgraduate Scholarship - 2023/24

- The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award - Highly Commended - 2018

- RoyalSociety for Public Health – Flash Points - 2nd Prize - 2017

- The Rebecca Vassie Memorial Award - Highly Commended - 2016

- The Peter Kirk Scholarship - 2014 

- The Ian Parry Scholarship 2013 - Finalist

- Ideas Tap/ Magnum Photographic Award 2013 - Finalist

- Guardian Student Media Awards 2012 - Runner Up

- Freedom House 'Worst of the Worst' Photographic Award 2012 - Finalist

- Beghind Jospeh Photographic Competition 2011 - 2nd Prize

- Bar Tur Photographic Award 2011 - 1st Prize in Lifestyle Category

- Vice Magazine - Koppaberg Klash 2010 - Runner Up


- 'England Fans In Russia' solo show at The Bomb Factory Art Foundation and the National Football Museum in Manchester 2018

- InPro group show at Ostroleka Photography Festival in Poland.

- Retina Photo Festival - Emerging Talent - 2017

- Fotograf vakfi – Multimedia installation at SALT gallery Istanbul – 2016

- 'Widows of Vrindavan' – Three week commissioned solo exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral – 2016

- 9th International Phodar Photography Biennial Exhibition – Bulgaria – 2015

- 'Not a Drop' group Exhibition London 2013

- 'Resistance in Palestine' - Solo Exhibition at 'Occupy Londons' Magistrates Justice Court - 2012

- Upshot - Creative Journalism and Photojournalism - Group Exhibition as Nolia's Gallery - 2012

- 'Our Stories' - Touring Exhibition appearing around the UK - Curated by 'The Photographic Angle' - 2012

- Foto8 Summer Show - 2011

Educational Workshops and Public Speaking

Shaw regularly gives lectures and workshops related to photography and journalism as well as guiding educational and service based youth trips across South East Asia and North Africa. Some highlights include:

- Lead the two week Rustic Pathways Advanced Photography Workshop in Morocco.
- A ten day digital storytelling program for Rustic Pathways in Myanmar.
- Co-ran a two week photographic adventure course in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia where the students learned both technical and theoretical elements to photography. 
- Delivered a lecture on journalism and photography to students at The Islamic University Gaza.
- Run narrative photojournalism workshops for young photographers in the U.K at Voluntary Action Oldham.
- Talks at the Ringwood Royal Photographic Society and the Winchester Photographic Society.

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