Initially a student in philosophy, Tomas van Houtryve discovered his passion for photography during an overseas study program in Nepal. In 2010 he was named the POYi Photographer of the Year. Previous honors include the Perpignan Young Photographer Award and the Bayeux-Calvados Prize for War Correspondents. Solo exhibitions of his work have been shown in Paris, New York City, Spain and Italy. His pictures and writing appear regularly in publications worldwide, including Time, The New York Times, Newsweek and others. Van Houtryve is based in Paris and represented by the VII Photo agency.