Kiana Hayeri’s editorial clients include: Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Washington Post, Time magazine, Monocle Magazine, Aljazeera America and CBC.

Kiana Moved to Canada while still a teenager and so photography became her way of communicating in a new country with an unfamiliar language and culture. Half way through her last year of university, Kiana put her life in a backpack and in search of her ‘home,’ started a nomadic life. With a keen interest in documentary projects, she aims to use her camera to tell stories, with a social message. Kiana has worked internationally but remains focused on stories that illuminate her background. Her self-initiated often explore topics such as migration, adolescence and sexuality. She is currently working on a long-term project documenting the lives of youth and their culture in post-conflict societies. Currently, she is based out of Kabul, Afghanistan, covering the region for media and working on personal projects.


  • 2017

    • IAFOR Documentary Photography Award, Grand Prize Winner

  • 2016

    • Chris Hondros Fund Award, Winner, Emerging Photographer Category

    • TED Fellows Program, Fellow

    • Foundry Photojournalist Workshop, Scholarship Winner

    • World Press Photo, Joop Swart Masterclass nominee

  • 2014

    • Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund, Honourable Mention

    • FotoVisura, Editing Scholarship with Sara Terry

    • Photo District News Magazine 30 Under 30, Selected

  • 2013

    • Photocrati Fund, Finalist

    • FotoVisura Spotlight Grant, Finalist

    • Joop Swart Masterclass, Nominated

    • Hearst 8 x 10 Biennale, Winner

  • 2012 - 13

    • Reportage by Getty Images Emerging Talent, Mentorship Program Participant

  • 2012

    • Lens Culture International Exposure Awards, Honourable Mention

    • Ian Parry Scholarship, Finalist

    • CIS Artist Residency at MIT University, Selected

    • Look3 Festival Scholarship, Bruce Gilden Masterclass

    • Magenta Flash Forward, Selected

  • 2011

    • 66th CPOY, 3rd Place, International Story

    • National Geographic Award, Selected

    • Eddie Adams Workshop, Selected

    • Iranian Alliances Across Borders, Fellowship

    • Guernsey Photo Festival, Project Grant

    • BlackFlash Magazine, Optic Nerve Contest Winner