Dorte Verner photographs and writes on development, including poverty reduction and climate. Dorte Verner is a photographer sensitive to social and environment issues and give voice to people who likely never would make it to the news.
Dorte Verner photographs and writes on development, including poverty reduction and climate. Dorte Verner is a photographer sensitive to social and environment issues and give voice to people who likely never would make it to the news.

Dorte Verner’s photography focuses on people that have no voice and will never make the news. She captures their beauty and strength through intimate moments, whether in refugee camps or in indigenous communities impacted by climate change. Dorte's portfolio centers on environmental portraits, with images inspired by the life and livelihood of people living in extreme situations and in remote geographical locations. These include rural areas in Africa such as Omo Valley, the Arabian Deserts, Latin America’s semi-arid areas and the Amazon, and Asia’s mountains and plains. Many of the people living in these areas are affected by climate change, globalization, and other changes, which they have contributed little to. Others are forcibly displaced, including refugees.

Dorte was born in Denmark and lives in Washington, D.C., USA.   She is a Photographer and Develpment Practitioner and holds a PhD in economics .

Dorte has received numerous awards, including Nikon's grand prize winner of the Award for the Most Popular Entry.  her work is published in books, magazines, e.g. GEO and Vanity Fair, and on websites. Her photographs are featured in solo and group exhibits, and her images are on permanent display at Nikon Headquaters and in several International Organizations' offices in e.g. Geneva, Kampala, Nouakchott, Paris, Tokyo, and Washington. 

Events and Exhibits  2018:

  • Without Borders, a solo Exhibit by Dorte Verner in Henry Luce III Center for Arts and Religion, Washington D.C. USA. Sepetember 17 - November 16, 2018.
  • The Silk Road - Photography Biennale of Tianshui, China. Multi-artist exhibit and Dorte Verner exhibits 12 phtographs.  June 20 - September 30, 2018.
  • International Photo Society Photo Exhibition, a multi-artisit show at the Preston Lounge, Washingon D.C. USA.  September 21- October 31, 2018.
  • The Sahel, Resilient People in Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania, and Niger, a solo exhibit by Dorte Verner in The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA.  March 19, 2018 - .
  • Annual IPS Exhibit, a multi-artisit show a The International Monitary Fund, Washingon D.C. USA.  June 11 -July 13, 2018.
  • The Wonder People, a solo Exhibit by Dorte Verner at Photoworks Gallery, Washington D.C. USA. opens January 19 and closes February 27 2018. The Washington Post and The Washington City Paper reviewed the show. The Wonder People exhibit is a series of photographs of children and adults caught in the global refugee crisis. Dorte Verner captured the exhibited photographs of people caught in  22 countries and originally from Afghanistan, Burundi, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Kurdistan, Myanmar, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and more over the past three years. The photographs are a rare look into the life of “The Wonder People” around the globe.


Awards 2017:

exhibition 2017:

  • Greece: Blank Wall Gallery: People and Winter exhibit. November 2017.
  • China:
  • India:
  • Czech Republic, Prague: September 2017 at Nikon Photo Gallery.
  • The United Kingdom, London: December 2017 at Center of Excellence.
  • France, Paris: November 2017 at Salon de la Photo.
  • Japan: 
    • Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 Photo Exhibition: DAIKANYAMA T-SITE GARDEN GALLERY in Tokyo. July 29 to August 2, 2017.
    • Nikon Plaza Shinjuku, THE GALLERY through October 2017.
    • Nikon Museum, Shinagawa, Tokyo.
    • Nikon President's Office, Nikon, Tokyo.
  • Italy: #Connect4Climate two photos are exhibited in Piazza Maggiore Bologna leading up to the G7.
  • The United States
    • The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA: Large solo exhibit: Faces of Resilience, June 20 to July 7, 2017, James D. Wolfensohn Atrium and from July 7 onwards on the floor of Vice President of Africa.  This photo-journalism exhibit features 25 large photographs Dorte made in Uganda, Kenya and Niger in early 2017—three countries hosting a large number of refugees and IDPs with very limited resources. the exhibit documents, through photographs and narratives, the resilience and challenges faced by refugees and host communities.
    • The World Bank, Washington D.C., USA. International Exhibit, ongoing.
    • The International Monetary Fund, June and July 2014. IPS Exhibit. International exhibit with six photographs by Dorte from Cuba, Iran, Myanmar, and Thailand.
    • People in a Changing Climate, The World Bank, Permanent exhibtion.

Awards and exhibition 2016:

Awards and exhibition 2015 & 2014

  • Photographer of the Year award the International Photographic society, 2015
  • Honorbale Mention for Cuban Joy, Santa Fe Workshops, 2015
  • Honorbale Mention for Cuban Joy, International Photography Award (IPA), 2015

Dorte’s work is exhibited in:  The Louvre in Paris,  Center for Digital Imaging Arts,  The International Monetary Fund,  Tryst,  The World Bank,  The Goethe Institute,  Photo Works, and The Foto Central at FotoWeekDC.

Selected Books and Other Publications:

In 2012, her book Arab People in Transition: Climatic and Cultural Change was rewarded third place in FotoWeekDC International Award Competition in the photojournalism category.

Dorte has published a second photo book about Indigenous peoples in Omo Valley, Ethiopia and climate change: People of the Omo Valley Under Climate and Other Pressures.

Dorte’s photos are published in magazines such as in Shutterbug, Environment Matters and on websites e.g. the World Bank.  IFPRI's Arab Spatial.  Dorte's photographs are also displayed on covers and inside books:  

Dorte also served as a judge in numerous Photo contests, including  “Picture Inequality” a Global Photo Contest hosted by The World Bank in Washington D.C.  The photo contest received 750 submissions from 71 countries.