Jaakko Kahilaniemi (b.1989, Finland) received his BA in Photography from Turku Arts Academy Finland in 2014 and his MA also in photography from Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture in Helsinki Finland in 2018.


Kahilaniemi has won the prestigious ING Unseen Talent Award Jury Prize in 2018, he was the winner of the International Photography Culture Exhibition Datong in 2019 and Majaoja/Backlight Grand Prize  winner in 2017. He was selected as one of the Lens Culture Emerging Talents in 2017. Kahilaniemi is one of the finalist in the Tokyo International Photo Competition in 2019. He is also one of the exhibiting artists in Festival Circulation(s), Format Festival, Fotografia Europea and GETXO Photo Festival in 2019. He was one of the ten finalists in Hyéres Photo Festival and in Fotofestiwal Łódź in 2018. 

His work has been featured in many publications, including Eikon Magazine, Greenpeace MagazineDer Grief and HANT Magazine. He has been exhibited his work at various galleries and institutions throughout Austria, China, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and the US. 


His recent projects 100 Hectares of UnderstandingNature Like Capital and Past-It are his attempts to understand the world around him and how man affects the surrounding world. He is willing to challenge himself to find new ways of increasing his knowledge and visual perspectives.

As a freelance photographer Jaakko is specialized in portraiture, commercial  and  editorial photoshoots, documentary based essays,  photo based illustrations, and creating new visual perspectives for brands, magazines, companies and ad agencies !  And of course Jaakko is very much available and happy for commissions, so don't hesitate to take contact !







2018               MA in photography, Aalto University, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Hki, FI

2014               BA in photography, Arts Academy, Turku University of Applied Sciences, Tku, FI





2019               WINNER of the International Photography Culture Exhibition Datong, CN

2019               Shortlisted for the Burn Magazine's Emerging  Photographer Fund, US


2019               Shortlisted for the Foam Talent, Fotomuseum Amsterdam, NL


2019               Finalist for the Grand Prix Tokyo International Photo Competition, JP

2018               WINNER of the ING Unseen Talent Award 2018, Unseen Amsterdam, NL


2018               Finalist for the Grand Prix Fotofestiwal Łódź, PL

2018               Finalist for the Grand Prix du Jury Photographie, Festival de Hyères, FR

2017               Lens Culture Emerging Talent Award, NL

2017               WINNER of the Majaoja-Prize / BACKLIGHT '17, FI

2017               Shortlisted for the Photo London Artproof Award, UK

2016               Shortlisted for the Vienna Contemporary Artproof Award, AT





2021               Nature Like Capital', Gallery Huuto, Helsinki, FI (2/21)


2020               Nature Like Capital', Gallery Nykyaika, Tampere, FI (11/20)

2020               It's Not the Same River, It's Not the Same People', with Hilla Kurki and Anna Reivilä, Gallery Uusikuva, Kotka, FI (1/20)


2019               All Those Hectares and Other Stories From the Nature', Invitation Exhibition, Gallery Uusi Kipinä, Lahti, FI

2019               ‘100 Hectares of Understanding'Fotografia Europea, Reggio Emilia, IT

2018               Nature Like Capital' – sculptures , Gallery Mältinranta, Tampere, FI

2018               100 Hectares of Understanding', Guernsey Photo Festival, Guernsey, FI

2016               100 Hectares of Understanding', The Finnish Museum of Photography, Helsinki, Fi

2014               Tapiola – The First Act', Galleria Titanik, Turku, FI



2020               ‘A Fresh Freeze From the North!', Kunsthalle St. Annen, Lübeck, DE (1/20)


2019               T3 Photo Festival, 72 Gallery, Tokio, JP

2019               ‘Power of Image', International Photography Culture Exhibition, Datong, CN

2019               ‘Post Homo Sapiens' GETXO Photo Festival, Getxo, ES


2019               T3 Photo Festival / PhotoIreland Festival, Dublin, IE 

2019               ‘Paradise Lost', Museum Henriette Polak, Zutphen, NL


2019               T3 Photo Festival, The UPI Gallery, New York, US

2019               Art Fair Finland, Cable Factory, Helsinki, FI


2019               FESTIVAL CIRCULATION(S), Centquatre, Paris, FR


2019               T3 Photo Festival / Wonder Foto Days, Taipei, TW


2019               ‘Forever/Now', Format Festival, Derby, UK


2019               ‘Staging (in) Nature', Dipolio Gallery, Espoo, FI


2018               ‘Forest. Enter. Exit', MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, DE

2018               ‘Considering Finland', Kunstverein Ludwigshafen, Rhein, DE

2018               PHOTO IS:RAEL, Tel Aviv, IL

2018               OFF_Festival, Bratislava, SK

2018               ‘Splash', Festival Potentiale, Feldkirch , AT


2018               ING Unseen Talent Award, Unseen Amsterdam, NL

2018               ‘Testlab: Duration', The Space of Free Arts, Helsinki, FI


2018               ‘New Territory', Denver Art Museum, US

2018               ‘Human / Nature', Fotofestiwal Łódź, ŁódźPL

2018               Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens, GR

2018               Festival de Hyères, Villa Noailles, Hyères FR

2018               Lens Culture Emerging Talent's, Klompching Gallery, New York, US

2017               Majaoja-prize Finalist, Northern Photography Centre, Oulu, FI

2017               Paris Photo, represented by Gallery Taik Persons, Paris, FR

2017               ARTISSIMA, represented by Gallery Taik Persons, Torino, IT

2017               ‘Independence Through the Lenses', The Latvian Museum of Photography, Riga, LT

2017               ‘Nucleus, Imagining Science', Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen, NL

2017               Vienna Contemporary '17, represented by Gallery Taik Persons, Vienna, AT

2017               CO-OP Thread Count, Unseen Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL

2017               Visions of Nature, Kunst Haus Wien, Wien, AT

2017               ‘Independence Through the Lenses', Organ Vida Festival, Zagreb, HR

2017               Backlight Photo Festival, Tampere Art Museum, Tampere, FI

2017               ‘Independence Through the Lenses', Galerija Photon, Ljubljana, SI

2017               Herbarium, Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, DK

2017               Photo London, represented by Gallery Taik Persons, London, GB

2017               ‘Independence Through the Lenses', FLUSS, Wolkersdorf, AT

2017               ‘Independence Through the Lenses', Robert Capa Center, Budabest, HU

2017                ‘Marked Sites', represented by Gallery Taik Persons, Berlin, DE

2016               Paris Photo, represented by Gallery Taik Persons, Paris, FR

2016               Vienna Contemporary, Gallery Taik Persons, Vienna, AT

2012               ‘I’m not writing any story', Photographic Centre Peri, Turku, FI

2012               ‘Turku 2011 2000 ja 11 selfportraits', Finnish museum of photography, Helsinki, FI





2019               Discovery Awards Projections, Encontros Da Imagem, Braga, PT


2018               Night of Photo Projections, TSHEK Gallery, Vilnius, LT

2018               Voies Off Awards and Voies Off Festival, Arles, FR






                       Finnish State Art Collection, FI


                       ING Collection, NL

                       Collection Villa Noailles, FR

                       Private collections, Finland, Italy, Norway, Taiwan





2019               Working grant, 12 months,  Finnish Cultural Foundation, FI


2018               Travel grant, Aalto University, FI

2018               Travel grant, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, FI

2017               Project grant, Aalto University, FI

2017               Project grant, Finnish Cultural Foundation, FI

2016               Project grant, Aalto University, FI

2016               Project grant, Patricia Seppälä foundation, FI





2019              Tate: The Photography Ideas Book, Tate/Ilex Books, UK


2019              Niin&Näin philosophical magazine #102, 3/19, FI

2019              Aint–Bad No. 14, US

2019              Festival Circulation(s) 2019 catalogue, FR


2019              Bonding, Intimacy, Relationships, New Worlds – Fotografia Europea catalogue, IT


2019              Forever Now – FORMAT 2019 catalogue, UK


2019              Tiheä Hetki – Photography Yearbook, Photographic Artist’s Association, FI


2018               Considering Finland – catalogue, DE


2018               Fotografi #6, 2018, NO

2018               Der Greif Guest Room: Monica Allende, DE


2018               Unseen Magazine #5, NL


2018               33e Festival International de Photographie à Hyères – catalogue, FR

2018               The Best of Lens Culture, Volume 2

2018               Greenpeace Magazine, DE

2017               Nucleus / Imagining Science, – catalogue, NL

2017               HANT Magazin für Fotografie #10, DE

2017               Moon Man Magazine #1, UK

2017               Visions of Nature – catalogue of Kunst Haus Wien, AT

2017               Landskrona Photo View Finland – catalogue, SV

2017               Backlight '17 – catalogue, FI

2017               Eikon magazine #99, DE

2017               Der Greif #10 Jubilee issue, DE

2017               Das Magazin, Finnland Issue, DE





                       Aamulehti (Finnish)
                       Der Greif  
                       EIKON magazine
                       Europe Now Journal
                       100 Finnish Photographers
                       Finnish Spirit
                       FK Magazine
                       GUP Magazine
                       HANT Magazine  
                       Helsingin Sanomat (Finnish)
                       Italian Photo Vogue
                       The Initium (Chinese)
                       Liberation France
                       PHROOM Magazine
                       Unseen Amsterdam
                       Yle Luonto (Finnish)
                       Yogurt Magazine





                       Photographic Artist's Association, FI

                       Kuvasto, FI​





2019               Artist Talk, Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing, CN


2019               Voionmaa Institute, Examiner for photography (further qualification), Tampere, FI

2011–>           Voionmaa Institute, Visiting lecturer for creative photography, Tampere, FI

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