Joanna Vestey is an award winning photographer based in Oxford who is making images that
explore the presentation and digitisation of knowledge. She studied photography at the Surrey Institute
of Art and Design and at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. She holds MA’s in Social Anthropology
and Development from the School of Oriental Studies and in photography from Newport School of
Documentary Photography. Her work has been widely commissioned, published and exhibited both
in the UK and abroad and is held by several collections including five images acquired by the National
Portrait Gallery. Her series Custodians was published as a book by the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
in 2015. She has recently completed a practice led PhD at the European Centre for Photographic


Books for sale

Custodians by Joanna Vestey with texts by Russell Roberts and Xa Sturgis. Published by the Ashmolean.

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Recent exhibitions


Spaces of Sanctuary exhibited at Hull International Photography Festival

Custodians exhibited at Palazzo Mora, Venice Biennale

Spaces of Sanctuary on show at Glastonbury Festival


Custodians exhibited at The Ashmolean, Oxford

Dragon School - Future Past exhibited at West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff

Custodians exhibited at Renaissance Prize, Getty Images, Group show


Group Resolution 2014 Show at Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, New York

Custodians at Photography Oxford Biennale 2014, UK


Siblings exhibited at Art Oxford, Studio 45 Oxford, UK

Dreams For My Daughter exhibited at Glastonbury Festival, UK


Selected Portraits exhibited at Arles Photography Open Salon, France

Dreams For My Daughter exhibited at Southbank Centre, London, UK

Dreams For My Daughter exhibited at Studio 45, Oxford, UK

Dreams For My Daughter exhibited at White House Correspondants event, Beall-Washington House, USA

Dreams For My Daughter exhibited at DFID, Whitehall, London, UK


Previously exhibited

Faces Of Exploration exhibited at Royal Geographical Society, London, UK

Faces Of Exploration exhibited at The Travellers Club, London, UK

Faces Of Exploration exhibited at The Explorers Club, New York, USA

Under The Westway exhibited at Hereford Photo Festival, Hereford, UK

The Promised Land exhibited at Shared exhibition, ICA London, UK

Water - Ethiopia exhibited at The Commonwealth Centre, London, UK


Awards and Honours

Renaissance Photography Prize - 2015 Finalist

Shortlisted Athens Photo Festival, 2015

Prix Virginia, Jurys Choice Winner, Paris, 2014

Finalist Resolution 2014 Awards New York

3rd Place IPA Portrait Awards 2014

Finalist Photo Philanthropy Award 2014

Shortlisted FotoDocument 2014

Commonwealth Broadcast Award

Tow Webster Award - Runner up

Guardian Newspaper Award

Royal Geographical Society/Telegraph Award

2012 WPGA Award - Shortlisted


In Conversation

Exposed Live Friday at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The BBC Breakfast Show with Gaby Roslin - BBC



Faces Of Exploration, published by Carlton Books