Mia Collis is a photographer living and working in Africa. With a major in Anthropology, she is currently based out of Nairobi. Her ongoing project is Sunday Best at Weekend Studio documenting people wearing their finest on Sundays in one of Kenya’s largest informal settlements, Kibera. Mia had her first book published in 2018, ‘The Un sung Heroes’ in collaboration with the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. The book documents extraordinary human acts of bravery towards an elephant. She has recently won various awards, most notably – National Geographic’s 2018 Photo Contest First Prize ~ People category, Top 50 Emerging Talents of 2018 for LensCulture and Event Photographer of the Year in the 2018 International Photography Awards.
International contributions include The Guardian, Huffington Post, CNN, PBS Newshour, Msafiri, WilAid, Africa Geographic, London’s “Libertine Magazine” , “Comic Relief” (UK), DieWelt, Borsen (Denmark),“Dagens Industri” (Sweden), New York Times ”Lens Blog”, Today’s Zaman (Turkey), World Literature Today Magazine (USA), Global Post (Boston), USAID “Front Lines” cover, EGPAF, UN World Youth Report, National Geographic Traveler contest “Editors Pick” twice, and twice appearing on the Global Fund Blog as “Picture of the Week”.
Mia’s motion picture work is with the very leading edge of movie technology. She was tapped to be the Production Manager on 2 successive IMAX 3D/Warner Bros. wildlife features: “Born to be Wild” (2011), and “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar” (2014), both currently in theaters worldwide.
Employed full time by Viewfinders 2007-13, Mia supported teams from the BBC Natural History Unit, IMAX/Warner Brothers, Disney, National Geographic. To date the company has facilitated over 1000 films.