26, born and grew up in Slovenia, received a Master of Arts degree in photojournalism and documentary photography at the University of the Arts London 2011. Ciril is also the winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2013 for his portfolio “Waiting to Move.” Meanwhile he is well known for his work for GEO.

Ciril focuses on scenes that captures emotion and believes in the power of photography with great enthusiasm: “I find myself increasingly attracted to using photography to send a message.”

He wants to show positive examples of how to solve various problems of our society and the world in general i.e. respect for nature and animals, connectedness and mutual respect of people. For this the projects he chooses are those that do not merely document, but rather also inspire and remind us of the many things we tend to forget in the fast-paced world of the West.


2016 – PDN’30 New and emerging photographers to watch 2016
2015 – MAGNUM 30 under 30, Winner
2015 – Slovenia Press Photo, Winning photo story
2015 – PDN Photo Annual, Selected Winner
2014 – The Other Hundred, 1st Prize
2014 – American Photography 30, Selected Winner
2014 – FIPCOM – Environment category, Winner
2014 – MAGNUM 30 under 30, Shortlisted
2014 – LensCulture Exposure Awards, Finalist
2013 – Les Rencontres d’Arles – Photo Folio Review, Winner

2013 – Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Winner Newcomer
2013 – Eddie Adams Workshop, National Geographic Award
2013 – VISA Pour L’Image – Coup de coeur ANI
2012 – PDN Photo Annual – Student Work, Winner
2012 – AOP Student Awards, Finalist
2012 – Picture The Difference, Winner
2012 – The Royal Photographic Society – Environmental Bursary, Winner

His work has appeared in printed and online magazines – National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, GEO Germany, GEO France, Der Spiegel, The Sunday Times, La Republicca, WIRED UK, Bloomberg Businessweek, Neu Zurcher Zeitung, Leica Fotografie International, Leica M Magazine, NEON, Marie Claire Italy, FOTO8, Reader’s Digest, National Geographic Traveler, Bicycling Magazine USA.