Nichole Sobecki graduated from Tufts University before beginning her career in Turkey, Lebanon, and Syria, focusing on regional issues related to identity, conflict, and human rights. From 2012 to 2015 Sobecki led Agence France-Presse’s East Africa video bureau, and was a Rory Peck Awards News Finalist for her coverage of the Westgate mall attacks in Kenya. In 2016 Sobecki received a fellowship from The GroundTruth Project, allowing her to complete her long-term photo project A Climate for Conflict, which tells the story of how climate change and environmental destruction are transforming Somalia and pushing people to desperate choices and violence. In 2018 she was awarded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize in new media for her images documenting Europe’s response to the the African migration crisis. Sobecki is a 2018 European Journalism Centre global health reporting fellow and a Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists grantee.
She is also a contributor to Everyday Africa, a collection of images shot on mobile phones across the continent, and an attempt to showcase the moments missing from dramatic news images—everyday life that is neither idealized nor debased.
Sobecki's work has been honored by Pictures of the Year, the RFK Center for Justice and Human Rights, the One World Media Awards, and the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, among others. Her photography has been exhibited at The United Nations Headquarters in New York City, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture in San Francisco, Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris, Photoville in Brooklyn, The Nikola Rukaj Gallery in Toronto, and beyond. She is a passionate teacher, workshop leader and speaker.