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My name is Vaida and I am a photojournalist, documentary and live performance (dance, theatre, music) photographer. I am Lithuanian by birth and world citizen by choice. In the last 12 years I lived in Australia, Japan, Qatar, The Netherlands, UAE and UK. I currently divide my time between Edinburgh, Scotland and St. John's, NL, Canada. However, no matter what my geographical coordinates are, my true home is photography and visual storytelling. My documentary and photojournalistic work centres around cultural, humanitarian and social issues. I also work as a portrait and family photographer.

Education

2017 MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, London, UK (distinction)

2008 MA of Arts in Comparative Culture, Tokyo, Japan

2000 BA of Arts in Theology, Kaunas, Lithuania

Editorial Clients and Published Work

Edinburgh Guide, UK

The National, daily newspaper, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Velhot, creative agency, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing, Doha, Qatar

The Peninsula, daily newspaper, Doha, Qatar

Oryx Advertising Co., Doha, Qatar

T Qatar - The New York Times Style Magazine, Doha, Qatar

Waqif Art Centre, Doha, Qatar

Royal Dutch Shell, Doha, Qatar

Theatre photography

White Rooster Theatre, St. John's, NL, Canada

Echo Productions, Toronto, ON, Canada

Courtney Fowler Performance Academy, St.John's, NL, Canada

SignPost Players, St. John's, NL, Canada

Director C.Tomlinson, St. John's, NL, Canada

Opera on the Avalon, St.John's, NL, Canada

TODOS Productions, St.John's, NL, Canada

Atlantic Light Theatre, St.John's, NL, Canada

 

Music photography

U.S. Girls, Toronto, ON, Canada

Bonjay, Toronto, ON, Canada

Renders, St.John's, NL, Canada

Justin Strong, St.John's, NL, Canada

Lonely Parade, Peterborough, ON, Canada

Pussy Riot, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Mugenkyo Taiko, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Festivals

2019 Lawnya Vawnya, St.John's, NL, Canada

2018 The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

TV

2019 Rogers TV, St.John's, NL, Canada

Exhibitions

2020 Solo exhibition, rOGUE Gallery, St.John's, NL, Canada

2018  Group Exhibition, Eastern Edge Gallery, St.John's, NL, Canada

2016  Group exhibition, Ugly Duck, London, UK

2009 Group exhibition, Waqif Art Center, Doha, Qatar

2007 Group exhibition, Musee de E’lysee, Lausanne, Switzerland

2006 Group exhibition, Fuji Gallery, Kaunas, Lithuania

Non Profit

Zero Tolerance, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Crisis Skylight Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Shakti, Women's Aid, Scotland, UK

Special Care Centre, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Feel Great Helping, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Photo: ©Walaa Alshaer