Anna Filipova

Anna Filipova

Based
Paris, France
Born
Sofia, Bulgaria
“Reporting on environmental stories allows me to inform and influence people.”

Beat

Environment, society and daily life in remote regions.

One Shot

. Ny-Alesund, NORWAY. Reuters/Anna Filipova
An old locomotive train that was used for transporting coal is preserved as a monument at Ny-Alesund, in Svalbard, Norway. A Norwegian chain of islands just 1,200 km from the North Pole is trying to promote new technologies, tourism and scientific research in a shift from high-polluting coal mining that has been a backbone of the remote economy for decades.
“Seeing this old locomotive train, in the middle of nowhere and close to the North Pole – destination nowhere – was such a surreal moment that it really stood out. This image represents a lot of my work, which is often in remote places.”

Profile

I learnt the basics of analogue photography at university. I was fascinated with developing and processing techniques in the darkroom. One of my projects was done on a Hasselblad medium format camera using Rollei Ortho film, which produced great light and aesthetics. That was the beginning of my career.

The assignment that left the biggest mark on me was in Greenland. I travelled to North Greenland in the winter of 2012 on a 3-week expedition about global warming.

Never have I faced a bigger challenge: camping outdoors in extreme conditions, with temperatures that reached minus 46 degrees Celsius. The exertion was physical and mental: it was an incredible experience.

The stories and assignments that excite me the most are about the environment. I feel a sense of responsibility to tell the world what is happening through my own experience. Reporting these events also allows me to inform and influence people.

Photojournalism is important because images can make such a big impact, changing the way we think about and see things.

The biggest lesson I’ve learnt as a photographer is the importance of determination. This helps me overcome setbacks rather than give into them.

I have a great respect for female photojournalists working in conflict zones, who are willing to risk their lives to show the world fair and accurate information.