Nichole Sobecki was born in New York and has lived in Nairobi for the past decade. In 2016 Nichole began her body of work Where Our Land Was, which investigates the human consequences of significant environmental change in Somalia. She is currently exploring the vital role the Congo Basin plays in the ecological balance of our planet as a National Geographic Explorer. Nichole’s photography has been recognized by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights prize, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award, Pictures of the Year, the One World Media Awards, and the Alexandra Boulat Award for Photojournalism, among others, and 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 represented internationally by VII Photo Agency, and is a member of Women Photograph and Everyday Africa.