Ciril Jazbec studied Management at the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana before moving to London to study photography. He obtained an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication in 2011. Since then, he’s been working as an independent freelance photographer.
In 2013, Ciril received the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for a photo story called Waiting to Move. In the same year, he also received an award at the Les Rencontres d’Arles, for his photo story On Thin Ice, which also won MAGNUM 30 under 30 in 2015.
Jazbec has been working as a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine since 2014.
Climate changes – Intimate feelings
“I grew up surrounded by nature, by its authenticity and brutality. I assumed nature’s graphic style – strong contrasts, clean lines, multilevelness. I feel overwhelmed by nature. By the climate changes it has been showing. By our primal feelings, directing us into the closest intimacy possible.
Tradition – Modernity
“How do traditional communities live? How is their tradition facing the modern world? How can my story become inspiring? How to create a positive, constructive story? How to identify possible solutions? I want to show the world things such as gratitude, solidarity, respect. These things give me drive. Searching for hope that illustrates changes.”
Technique – A moment
“The technical side of photography is very important to me. I always try everything my
equipment is able to perform and I always wait for the best capturing moment, of course. Intuition.”
The consistency of one story – The dynamics between stories
“I always jumped from project to project. Now I feel it is time for long-term stories. I challenge myself with consistency, I experiment with the pace.”
Personal projects – Commercial projects
“It is important for me to find a good balance. Personal projects are an inner journey and an inspiration, the commercial are an exceptional blend of interesting people and dynamics causing the birth of magic.”
2016 – PDN’30 New and emerging photographers to watch
2016 – Slovenia Press Photo, Winning photo, People
2015 – MAGNUM 30 under 30, Winner
2015 – Slovenia Press Photo, Winning photo story
2015 – PDN Photo Annual, Selected Winner
2014 – The Other Hundred, 1st Prize
2014 – American Photography 30, Selected Winner
2014 – FIPCOM – Environment category, Winner
2014 – MAGNUM 30 under 30, Shortlisted
2014 – LensCulture Exposure Awards, Finalist
2013 – Les Rencontres d’Arles – Photo Folio Review, Winner
2013 – Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Winner Newcomer
2013 – Eddie Adams Workshop, National Geographic Award
2013 – VISA Pour L’Image – Coup de coeur ANI
2012 – PDN Photo Annual – Student Work, Winner
2012 – AOP Student Awards, Finalist
2012 – Picture The Difference, Winner
2012 – The Royal Photographic Society – Environmental Bursary, Winner
Ciril’s work has appeared in printed and online magazines – National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, Smithsonian Magazine, GEO Germany, GEO France, Der Spiegel, The Sunday Times, La Republicca, WIRED UK, Bloomberg Businessweek, Neu Zurcher Zeitung, Leica Fotografie International, Leica M Magazine, NEON, Marie Claire Italy, FOTO8, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic Traveler, Bicycling Magazine USA.