Matej Povše is a freelance photographer and videographer, based in Slovenia. 

Over the past twenty years, Matej's work has regularly been published in Slovene and in international media (Newsweek, National Geographic magazine, The New York Times International Edition, Euronews, etc). 

He has also worked with photo agencies like Capatv Agency and AP. Matej has received many prestigious photo awards; LensCulture Exposure award 2016, Kolga Tbilisi Photo award, World Report award, Beta photo award, photo of the year by Emzin, several awards by the Association of Slovene Journalists, Slovenia Press Photo award by an international panel, as well as awards for multimedia projects (FotoPub).

He has exhibited his work at several independent photo exhibitions as well as cooperated in the group exhibitions. 

Basic information

Matej Povše
Photography, human rights, Balkans

Supported projects

The bottleneck of the Balkan route

  • Human Rights
  • Justice
  • Migration

BIHAC - Western Bosnia and Herzegovina is a bottleneck for migrants and refugees who are fleeing across the Balkans. Many of them are caught en route to Northern or Western Europe on Slovenian territory, from where they are being systematically handed over to Croatian authorities in the last year. In Croatia, they are often exposed to police violence. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, where they finally end up, they are condemned to an interminable wait.

A migrant from Afghanistan in the camp Bira in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina