WHO?
Sami Kero (b. 1979)  is a Finnish photojournalist who works for  Helsingin Sanomat, the biggest subscription-based newspaper in Finland. He has covered international conflicts and crisis around the world, for example in Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Haiti, Israel and DR Congo though most of his daily work takes place in peaceful Finland.

 
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
Along his personal street photography hobby Sami runs street photography site Helsinki Street.

 
WORKSHOPS, TEACHING
Sami has given some photography workshops (for example via Photo Do) and street photography workshops organized by KS Koolitus. Sami speaks annually at University of Tampere about crisis journalism.

 

AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Sami is a wingman in a drone company Helsingin ilmakuva.

 
PRIZES, FAME AND GLORY
2018      2nd prize in Daily Life / Story, Istanbul Photo Awards
2018      Portfolio of the year in Fotofinlandia
2017      Visa d´or Award, Daily press
2017      Reportage of the year by The Finnish Association of Photojournalists
2011      Picture of the year by The Finnish Association of Photojournalists
2008      Picture of the year by The Finnish Association of Photojournalists
2006      Picture of the year by The Finnish Association of Photojournalists
2005      Reportage of the year by The Finnish Association of Photojournalists

 
STUDIES
Degree from photography in Lahti Institute of Design (2005).
Non-finished studies at University of Jyväskylä (journalism).
Media2021 studies in Sanoma academy (March 2012 – December 2012)

 
WHY?
“Life is not about significant details, illuminated a flash, fixed forever. Photographs are.”
– Susan Sontag, On Photography