Frederick Dharshie-Wissah is an award-winning environmental and humanitarian photojournalist, based in Nairobi Kenya, specializing in global stories that depict food and water insecurity, the climate crisis and humanitarian issues including women's empowerment.
Dharshie, as he is called, understands many of the struggles that his subjects experience, first-hand, and strives to focus both on problems and their solutions.
In 2019 his passion and love for nature earned him Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) Environmental Photographer of the Year for his photo entitled “A young boy drinks dirty water in Kakamega, Kenya,” which was announced at the UN Climate Summit in New York. He was also winner of the “Best Locomotive Photo” and “The People’s Choice Award” in the 2017 China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) photography competition, which celebrated the completion of the Mombasa–Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) connecting the Indian Ocean city of Mombasa with the country’s capital.
Dharshie has been featured in Forbes, the Guardian, the Sun, National Geographic-NatGeo and the New York Times.
He was a judge for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation Environmental Photography Award in 2021 and again in 2022. He attended the private visit of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco at the awards’ exhibition in Monaco in 2022. He now sits on the Honorary Committee of the award.
Dharshie's work has been exhibited globally, In 2022 he participated in an exhibit as part of the Open Eye Gallery's LOOK Climate Lab in Liverpool UK for his collection of works, entitled On The Ground: The Story of Trans-Nzoia Through the Trees, which explored the importance of trees and community in Kitale, Kenya. The study took place during a two week residency that was awarded by the Open Eye Gallery and the National Museums of Western Kenya.
Whether he is working under the guidance of Dr. Josephine Kulea of the Samburu Girls Foundation, (SGF) a Kenyan non-profit that focuses on rescuing girls from child-marriage, beading and female genital mutilation (also winner of George and Amal Clooney's Albie Awards), for Power for the People- a British humanitarian organization, for Chalice, a Catholic Canadian international development charity, or for Swiss NGO Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, on any of its global projects that jointly tackle the issues of climate and nutrition, or collaborating with other journalists and NGOs in countries such as Nepal, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Djibouti and elsewhere in bringing environmental and humanitarian stories to life, Dharshie approaches all of his projects with the utmost passion and purpose.
In 2022, Dharshie's work appeared in multiple climate and agriculture stories across a number of platforms, including Forbes. Notable pieces included "Kenya’s Samburu People Fight For Survival On The Front Lines Of Climate Change" and "Handshakes, Not Handouts Help Remba Island Women Overcome Sex For Fish."
When Dharshie is not behind the lens of his camera, he is working on his Not for Profit, the ‘Souls of Charity Initiative’ which aims to give back to vulnerable Kenyan communities through volunteerism.
By combining his interest in humankind and his passion for the natural world, Dharshie seeks to educate and create awareness as well as inspire action.