Patricia Willocq is a freelance photographer born 1980 in the Democratic republic of the Congo. After completing her Master's degree in Translation at the Higher Institute of Translators and Interpreters in Brussels (ISTI) she traveled around the world while developing her photography skills along the way. It is after returning to the Congo in 2013 that she decided to fully dedicate herself to photography.
Her story telling is a carefully thought participative process with the people she photographs in order to give them a voice and allow them to spread a message to the world. Amongst the assignments she undertakes around the world she also dedicates time to support the work of non-profits and NGOs focusing on women and child development, social inclusion, community engagement, emergency preparedness, and climate change adaptation.
In 2013, she was granted an honorable mention at the Unicef Photo of the Year Award 2013. In 2015 she was awarded for the World's best picture on the theme of Peace at the Alfred Fried Photography Award as well as the golden medal at the One Eyland Photographer of the year competition. In 2016, she was granted a honorable mention at the Prix de la Photographie de Paris and White Ebony, her photo report, wins the One Eyland book of the Year 2016 as well the best book 2017 by the Federation European Professional and the American Photography AP 32 Photographers and finally she wins the Brukmer Golden Award - Photography Category in 2019.
Her work has been exhibited at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Belgian Parliament, the Austrian Parliament & Unesco amongst many other.
She endeavours to avoid miserabilism and her work is often associated with projects that promote tolerance and dignity.