Patricia Willocq is an award winning photographer born and raised in DRC, and based between Belgium and Turkey.
Amongst the assignments she undertakes around the world she also dedicates time to support the work of non-profits and NGOs focusing on women and child development, social inclusion, community engagement, emergency preparedness, climate change adaptation and ecocide.
Her story telling is a carefully thought participative process with the people she photographs in order to give them a voice and allow them to spread a message to the world.
In 2013, she was granted an honorable mention at the Unicef Photo of the Year Award 2013. In 2015 she was awarded for the World's best picture on the theme of Peace at the Alfred Fried Photography Award as well as the golden medal at the One Eyland Photographer of the year competition. In 2016, she was granted a honorable mention at the Prix de la Photographie de Paris and White Ebony, her photo report, wins the One Eyland book of the Year 2016 as well the best book 2017 by the Federation European Professional and the American Photography AP 32 Photographers and finally she wins the Brukmer Golden Award - Photography Category in 2019.
Her work has been exhibited by OHCHR, UNESCO and UNICEF, as well as the Belgian and Austrian Federal Parliaments. Her photographs have been featured in media such as Geo magazine, National Geographic, UNICEF book on 25 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Her clients include UNICEF, Operation Smile, l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD).
She endeavours to avoid miserabilism and her work is often associated with projects that promote tolerance and dignity.