Sanja Knežević is a documentary photographer, regular contributor to the National Geographic Serbia, focusing on long-therm social projects emphasizing common humanity. On her numerous trips Sanja enjoys exploring new places and capturing decisive moments. She also does commercial photography with perfectionist approach striving to fully meet client high expectations.
Born in Belgrade in 1984, she graduated photography at the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Belgrade. From March 2012 till May 2014 Sanja lived in Indonesian capital, Jakarta, and during that period she was traveling in the East Asia region and documenting everyday life of the people. Sanja was chosen to participate at two masterclasses in documentary photography, by World Press Photo in Berlin, 2010, and Noor-Nikon in Bucharest 2011. Sanja is a board member of the ULUPUDS – The Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia. From August 2017, Sanja is chosen to be a Booking photographer. Last but not least, Sanja is a proud photography professor of her husband Jovan.
National Geographic Srbija
National Geographic Germany
2017 Belgrade – ”New Perspectives”, Mixer Festival and Swiss Cooperation Office – Third prize
2016 Ljubljana, Slovenia – Different worlds, second prize, for the project ”Family Matters”
2015 Press Photo Serbia, Winner in Environment reportage category ”Kawah Ijen”
2015 Shortlisted for ”Magnum 30 under 30”
2014 Press Photo Serbia, Winner in Everyday life reportage category ”Dead-End Street”
2014 Belgrade, The portfolio winner of the ”100 Best”, ReFoto Magazine contest, on the occasion of its 100th issue.
2013 Kiev, Second prize for ”Kamar” story – Golden Camera International Award
2012 Washington D.C. ‘’FotoDC’’ First prize for portrait from ‘’Kamar’’ series.
2012 Belgrade, ‘’Beta photo of the year’’ Grand Prix in Serbia for the photography ‘’Mother and daughter’’
2011 Press Photo Serbia – Winner for the Everyday Life story ”Family Matters”
2010 Press Photo Serbia – Grand Prix for the photography ‘’Couple” from the project Uprooted community
2009 New York, En Foco – Honorable mention
2008 Serbia Press Photo – Winner for the Environmental story and Everyday Life story
2006, 2009 Republic Exhibition, Serbia – third and second prize for collection
Finalist: Vipa 2012, Austria; Wine photo 2010, Italy; SEE People and Culture photo contest 2010, Brussels; Organ Vida, 2012 Croatia
2017 Novi Sad, Serbia – Kultural Center – Kamar
2015 Belgrade, Serbia – ArtGet gallery – Kamar
2013 Jakarta, Indonesia – Kamar
2013 Brazil, Belo Horizonte – Kamar
2013 Italy, Bari – Kamar
2012 Taiwan, Taipei – photo exhibition Witnessed of silence – National 228 Memorial Museum.
2011 Belgrade and Bratislava – New Pictures of Belgrade’
2010 France, Sarcelles, Photosoc Festival
2009 Stockholm, Applied Nostalgia
2009 Belgrade, Applied Nostalgia
2009 Amsterdam, Balkan Snapshot Film Festival
2008 MA in Photography at the Faculty of Applied Arts, University of Belgrade