Joanna is an award winning photographer based in the UK

She studied photography at the Surrey Institute of Art and Design and at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem. She has an MA in Social Anthropology and Development from the School of Oriental Studies in London. Her work has been widely commissioned, published and exhibited both in the UK and abroad and is held by several collections including 5 images recently acquired by the National Portrait Gallery.


Books for sale

Custodians by Joanna Vestey with texts by Russell Roberts and Xa Sturgis. Published by the Ashmolean.

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Recent exhibitions


Custodians shown Ashmolean 2015



Group Resolution 2014 Show, Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, New York

Custodians, Photography Oxford Biennale 2014, UK



Siblings - Art Oxford, Studio 45 Oxford, UK

Dreams For My Daughter - Glastonbury Festival, UK



Selected Portraits - Arles Photography Open Salon, France

Dreams For My Daughter - Southbank Centre, London, UK

Dreams For My Daughter - Studio 45, Oxford, UK

Dreams For My Daughter - White House Correspondants event, Beall-Washington House, USA

Dreams For My Daughter - DFID, Whitehall, London, UK


Previously exhibited

Faces Of Exploration - Royal Geographical Society, London, UK

Faces Of Exploration - The Travellers Club, London, UK

Faces Of Exploration - The Explorers Club, New York, USA

Under The Westway - Hereford Photo Festival, Hereford, UK

The Promised Land - Shared exhibition, ICA London, UK

Water - Ethiopia - The Commonwealth Centre, London, UK


Awards and Honours

Renaissance Photography Prize - 2015 Finalist

Shortlisted Athens Photo Festival, 2015

Prix Virginia, Jurys Choice Winner, Paris, 2014

Finalist Resolution 2014 Awards New York

3rd Place IPA Portrait Awards 2014

Finalist Photo Philanthropy Award 2014

Shortlisted FotoDocument 2014

Commonwealth Broadcast Award

Tow Webster Award - Runner up

Guardian Newspaper Award

Royal Geographical Society/Telegraph Award

2012 WPGA Award - Shortlisted


In Conversation

Exposed Live Friday at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

The BBC Breakfast Show with Gaby Roslin - BBC



Faces Of Exploration, published by Carlton Books