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Thomas Egli awarded with Swiss Press Photo Award 2017

CA Alumni wins with a portrait of the Canadian journalist Kathy Gannon

Thomas Egli, Photographer, 1989

“Photography is my door to the world. I am a curious person and interested in many topics. Photography is for me a way to enter places and to meet people, which would be impossible without a camera.” Thomas Egli studied BA Visual Communication – Camera Arts at the Lucerne University of Sciences and Arts – School of Art and Design, where he graduated in 2015. There he has learned to think beyond photography and to develop ways to develop stories through across various mediums. For the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger he photographed remarkable figures from the culture and politics and realised various photographic essays. Currently as an independent visual storyteller he works on commissions from newspapers, magazines and business.


From 5 – 28 May 2017 Thomas Egli’s graduation project ‘Paradise Island’ (2015) is on display at the Bieler Fototage 2017.


Swiss Press Photo
The Swiss Press Photo, category Photo, addresses professional photographers who have performed outstanding photo journalism.
The award honours photo projects in the categories Actualities, Daily Life, Swiss Reports, Portrait, Sports and Foreign Affairs.


Portrait of Canadian journalist Kathy Gannon. By Tom Egli, 2016

Thomas Egli (CA alumni 2015) has been awarded with the Swiss Press Photo Award 2017 for his portrait of the Canadian journalist Kathy Gannon, taken on 2nd May 2016, on the occasion of the World Press Photo in Zurich.


Kathy Gannon was reporting on the elections in Afghanistan with her colleague, photographer Anja Niedringhaus, when the two were attacked by an assassin. Niedringhaus was killed, Gannon survived with serious injuries. Two bullets shattered her right hand, one punched through her right shoulder and three more almost severed her left hand from her forearm.

On 26th April, the 17th Swiss Press Awards ceremony will be held at the Hotel Bellevue Palace in Berne, in the presence of Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnheer.

Further information at Swiss Press Award

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