Mitar Simikić is a documentary photographer from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He is currently affiliated with VII Photo through the VII Mentor Program. Mitar’s work has been awarded with the VID Grant Financial Prize and the Sarajevo Photography Award. Additionally, his projects were recognized by The Everyday Project Grants, Felix Schoeller Photo Award, and Kolga Tbilisi Photo. Mitar participated in the VII Masterclass as the VII Academy Scholarship Recipient. His work has been featured in numerous publications around the world and was showcased at various festivals and exhibitions. Simikić is an assistant professor at the Department of Photography of The Academy of Arts in Novi Sad, Serbia.

He lives between Bosnia and Serbia.
e-mai: mitarsimikic8@gmail.com
phone: +38765735993

Selected Awards/Grants

2023 / 2024 – VII Mentor program.
2023 – Goethe Institut BiH, selectet artist for project “PRESENT PAST“.
2023 – THE EVERYDAY PROJECTS GRANT, finalist with project “Mila”.
2023 – Selected for Hamburg Portfolio Review.
2023 – Sarajevo Photography Award, 1st place in Documentary category, project “Mila”.
2023 – The Kranj Foto Fest’s Shortlisted artist, Open Call HUMAN — NATURE, will take part in a group show with the project “Janja”.
2023 – Felix Schoeller Photo Award, portrait shortlisted works with project “Mila”.
2022/2023 – VII Masterclass in Arles, selected as VII Academy Scholarship Recipient.
2022 – Winners VID Grant Financial Prize, with project “Mila”.
2022 – The Kranj Foto Fest’s Shortlisted artists, Open Call HOME: a State of Transition, who will take part in a group show with the
project “Ugljevik”.
2022 – Selected finalist for Sarajevo Pohotography Award in Documentary and Portrait category.
2020 – Kolga Award finalist for the project “Šarac” (documentary category) | Kolga Tiblisi Photo.
2020 – BOLD Academy “Civic Engagement Workshop” support of the US Embassy.
2018 – Joop Swart Masterclass nominee | World Press Photo Academy.
2018 – Voice of Humanity and Hope (VOHH) International Foto Fest winner (honorable mention) for the project “Šarac”. Chittagong, Bangladesh.
2017/2018 – Selected as one of 8 photographers in BiH to participate in the project “REFEST Images & Words on Refugee Routes“, an Interdisciplinary Approach to Expand Festivals’ Audiences” | Organ Vida International Photography Festival.
2017 – International Photography Grant nominee (conceptual category) | International Photography Magazine.
2015 – BiH winner of “Different Worlds –  Young Contemporary Photography from SouthEast Europe”. Work exhibited at Kino Siska in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
2015 – Selected for Noor-Nikon Masterclass in Belgrade, Serbia with Noor mentors: Andrea Bruce, Stanley Greene and Kadir van Lohuizen.
2014 – Finalist of the 6th International Photography Festival Organ Vida, Zagreb, Croatia – theme “Reflection”.
2014 – 1st plase winner (photo series) at the PDP Creative Media Conference Novi Sad, Serbia.
2012 – Workshop organized by the British Council and Goethe Institute in Bosnia and Herzegovina under the supervision of lecturers and members of the jury, Paul Lowe (Great Britain) and Andy Spyra (Germany), and won praise in the contest “Photo-story of the BiH future”.
2012 – 2nd place winner of the Vispak Photo Competition.

SOLO Exhibitions

2023 – Gallery F64, Podgorica, Montenegro.
2023 – SANU, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, branch in Novi Sad, Mitar Simikić – Ugljevik, Novi Sad, Serbia.
2021 – The ARTGET Gallery, Ivana Tomanović presents Mitar Simikić – Ugljevik, Belgrade, Serbia.

SELECTED Group Exhibitions

2023 – Goethe Institut BiH, exibition “PRESENT PAST“, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2023 – FREELENS Gallery, HPR exhibition opening, Hamburg, Germany.
2023 – Public Space Exhibition as part of Hamburg portfolio reviwe, Platz der Republik – Altonaer Museum, Hamburg, Germany.
2023 – Grenze – Arsenali Fotografici Festival, Bastiona delle Maddalene, Verona, Italy.
2023 – The Kranj Foto Fest’s HUMAN — NATURE, Kranj, Slovenia.
2023 – Sarajevo Pohotography Award at Vijecnica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2022 – The Kranj Foto Fest’s HOME: a State of Transition, Kranj, Slovenia.
2022 – Sarajevo Pohotography Award at Vijecnica, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
2015 – “Different Worlds –  Young Contemporary Photography from SouthEast Europe”, Kino Siska in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
2014 – Festival Organ Vida, Zagreb, Croatia

Education

2023 – VII Academy Level 3 program for Narrative and Documentary Practice, which includes a month-long residency in Arles, France.
2022 – VII Academy Level 2 for emerging photographers in Photojournalism and Documentary storytelling with Stefano De Luigi.
2019/2020 – The VII Academy Sarajevo seminar for Narrative and Documentary Practice dedicated to young professional photographers from the wider Balkan region. Instructors Dr Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic. 
2013 – “Focusing democracy – documentary photography”, organized by the Youth Center CK13, Novi Sad, Serbia with mentors Nemanja Pancic and Marko Risovic, from the group Kamarades.
2012 – 2014  Master’s studies at the Academy of Art, Art direction, direction Photography, Novi Sad, Serbia.
2006 – 2011  SPU, Academy of Arts, Department of Graphic Design, Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina.