Szymon Barylski is a Polish photographer, currently living and working in Ireland. Barylski works primarily with documentary photography, which he considers a device to explore and better understand the world around us.Barylski began as a street and travel photographer but developed a real affection for documenting the stories of the people he encountered along the way. He wants, above all, for his images to tell a story and to reflect the relationship that he has formed with his sitter. The places in which he captures these portraits provide the emotional backdrop for these personal histories to unfold.


Usually, Barylski works alone, spending time getting to know his subjects and forming connections with them, so as to better engage with their realities. For him a good photograph comes from good research. His preparation for each project is rigorous, spending time researching the subject online then seeking inspiration in the work of other photographers in order to present a narrative that is both personal and universal. 

Barylski has received a number of prestigious awards in recent years. In 2017 he was the winner in the Photojournalism Category at the Magnum Photography Awards. 




Awards and nominations


TIFA - Tokyo International Foto Award

1st place in Editorial

Gold Editorial-Political

Gold Editorial-General News

Siena International Photo Awards- Finalist

Grand Press Photo- Finalist


Magnum Photography Awards 

Winner- category Photojournalism Single Image 

MIFA Moscow International Photo Awards

2nd place in Editorial- Political

BZWBK Press Photo

Picture of the year award

1st place in reportage, category General News

Grand Press Photo

2nd place in reportage category General News

All About Photo Award- Merit Winner

Siena International Photo Awards- Finalist

Nikonians Photography Awards- Finalist

Shoot The Face- Finalist 

Monochrome Awards- International Black & White Photography Contest

Honorable Mention – Photojournalism

IPOTY- International Photographer of the Year

1st place in Open - Photojournalism/ Story

2nd place in People – Children Category


IPA- International Photography Awards

Photographer of the Year – Editorial

1st place in Editorial- Political

1st place in Editorial - Photo Essay and Feature Story

Honorable Mention- People – Children

Honorable Mention- People – Portrait

Honorable Mention- People- Portrait

Lucie Awards – „ Discovery of the year“ - Finalist

Black & White International Award

Honorable Mention

The Lumiere Awards

Grand Prize

ND Awards Photo Contest - Neutral Density Photography Awards

1st place ND Awards- People – Children

Honorable Mention- People – Children

Honorable Mention - People – Portrait

Honorable Mention - Special - Photojournalism / Story

Honorable Mention - People – Portrait

Photography Grant

Nominee- Story

TIFA – Tokyo International Foto Award

Discovery of the Year – Editorial

1st place in Editorial

1st Place in Moving images

Gold Moving images-Essay_MV

Gold Editorial-Conflict

Gold Editorial-Personality

Silver Moving images-Documentary_MV

Silver Editorial-General News

Silver People-Children

Honorable Mention Editorial-Conflict

MIFA Moscow International Photo Awards

1st place in Editorial- Conflict

1st place in Editorial

Shoot The Frame

Winner- Shoot The Face



Solo Booth at the 2017 Photo Independent Art Fair, Los Angeles

21st- 23rd April, Los Angeles


25th- 28th FEBRUARY 2017, Owada Gallery, Tokyo


20th July – 7th August 2016, Na Kashirke Gallery, Moscow

13th December 2016- 10th January 2017, Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine

24th October – 24th November 2016 Novorossiysk Historical Museum, South of Russia- International Festival of Photography PHOTOVISA


16th Jan- 26th Feb 2017  SDA Amphitheater, Philippines

20th- 30th October 2016, Novorossiysk Historical Museum, South of Russia- International Festival of Photography PHOTOVISA

22ndOctober 2016, as part of Lucie Awards celebrations, New York

21st October, 2016, Event Centre, SM City in Pampanga Philippines

2016 CDPC, Chengdu, China


18 th November 2016, Piazza die Navigatori 6/A- Roma

 DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY Jurors Romke Hoogwaerts & Grace Leigh

1st September- 1st October 2016, The SE Center for Photography South Carolina, US


09th – 11th September 2016, Poland


22nd-23rd May2016, Istanbul