foto: Nikolai Linares

foto: Nikolai Linares


Ólafur Steinar Gestsson

Ólafur is an Icelandic/Danish photojournalist based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ólafur work is focused on cultural og social issues and current affairs. Ólafur's work has been published in all major Danish newspaper and a range of foreign media. 

Born 1989

BA in Urban Planning and Social Sciences, Roskilde University

BA in photojournalism, Danish School of Media and Journalism with internship at Berlingske/Scanpix


2018: Gaffa Photo Awards, Audience, 2nd prize

2018: International Photography Awards (IPA), General News, Honorable Mention

2018: The Paris Photo Prize (Px3), People/Personality, Honorable Mention

2018: Ritzau Scanpix Prize for best photojournalistic graduate project at DMJX

2017: CPOY, Sport Action: 2nd prize

2017: CPOY, Feature: 3rd prize

2017: CPOY, Spot News: 3rd prize

2016: Danish POY, Daily life: 1st prize

2016: CPOY, General News: Award of Excellence


2018: 'State of the World', Paris. Curated by Mr. Hossein Farmani

2017: Copenhagen Photo Festival: A part of the DMJX exhibition 'Life Exposed'

2016: Mini Doc Festival, Vejle


Berlingske - Information - Jyllands-Posten - Politiken - Weekendavisen - BT - Ritzau Scanpix - CXO Magasinet - UNHCR Denmark - KVINFO - CPH Opera Festival - Fyens Stiftstidende - Nordjyske - Avisen Danmark - DR - Fréttablaðið - Børsen - Kristeligt Dagblad - TV2 - Media Movers - Reuters