Annelie Vandendael was born in Belgium (19.10.1987) and grew up in the South of France. After college she came back to Belgium to study at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (Kask) in Ghent where she got a master degree in Photography. Image-making has always been a passion of her. After finishing her studies, she was invited to ‘La Fabrica’, the Benetton Communication and Research Center in Treviso, Italy.  


Sois Belle

Look once—then look again. These luscious, surreal images challenge the unrealistic standards of perfection set by fashion photography, provoking playfulness rather than airbrushed beauty.

The photographer Annelie Vandendael glorify the authenticity of female beauty through surreal compositions taken in analogue format.

Annelie Vandendael is a photographer born in Belgium and raised in France. Inspired by the tendency of fashion photography to manipulate subjects and the human body, and believing that this process of falsifying feminine beauty is extremely damaging, she seeks to represent real, authentic people, keeping intact their imperfection.

With her Hasselblad analogue camera realizes realistic and perfect images, photographing beautiful young women in a poetic and surreal scenario. Their faces are often shaken by strange appearances, through ironic compositions and introducing strange elements like pink flamingos, red fish, cacti, ice creams and more.

In her last series, Sois Belle describes the human being, and especially the women who are protagonists of her shots, not as an object to manipulate, but on the contrary as an integral part of nature.

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LensCulure Vol 1

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Ernest magazine
Brugs cultuurblad Exit
Digifoto pro special edition 2011
DeFotograaf vakblad voor professioneel beeld 2011
'NEW' Gup magazine New (new dutch pohotography talent)
L'Officiel (nl)
VICE magazine
Zoe Magazine Italy
De Standaard Magazine
ELLE (nl)
Volkskrant magazine
LFI Magazine (the official magazine of Leica)
Lens Culture Book 2017
LM Magazine
Harper’s Bazaar Mexico

De Morgen
SNOR nr5 online foto magazine
Focus fotografiemagazine
Kwintessens mode en design magazine
BLINK magazine
Stern Magazine
ELLE Belgium
ELLE India
The Independent Photographer
ELLE Singapore
Marie Claire Italy
Musée Magazine
Harper’s Bazaar Spain

Harper’s Bazaar

Harper’s Bazaar

Selected by Weekend Knack Photo Award 2010
Selected for trial in 'La Fabrica' in Italy 2011 (Benetton's communication research center)
Selected by the Photo Academy Award 2011
Selected for Fotofestival Naarden 2013
Selected & Finalist at the International Exposure Competition Vogue 2013
Award by Roorda publicity agency 2011
Award in category Fine Arts 'International Photography Awards' contest Los angeles (october 2013)
Winner at the 7th Annual Photography Masters Cup with "Honorable Mention in Fashion" | sois belle ... (2014)
Gold Medal award in the 2014 an Francisco International Photography Exhibition (2014)
Honorable Mention in International Kontinent Photography Awards 2014
Honorable Mention 7th International Color Awards 2014
Honorable Mention MIFA Moscow Foto Awards 2014
3rd Place and Bronze Star Award in Fine Art : Other - ND Awards 2014
Nomination at the 8th Annual International Color Awards Los Angeles 2015
2nd Prize Life Framer Photography Award 2015
Honorable Mention London International Creative Competition LICC 2015
Finalist of the One Eyeland Photography Awards India 2015
One of the winners at the Lens Culture Awards 2016
Finalist at the One Eyeland Photography Awards India 2016
Honorable Mention in Fine Art : Abstract Category / ND Awards 2016
Nominee in 2nd edition of Fine Art Photography Awards London 2016
Nominee at the 10th Annual International Color Awards California 2017
Honorable Mention International Photography Award IPA 2018
Professional Highlights Sony World Photography Award 2019
Winner at the 12th Annual International Color Awards 2019 with Honorable Mention - Sois Belle / California 2019


Koninginnegalerij Brussel, Weekend Knack Photo Award (2010)
Knokke Fotofestival, the Green Room (2011)
Museum of Photography Den Haag (16.09.11 - 9.10.11)
The Fotogram gallery Amsterdam (14.10.11 - 16.11.11)
Fotoacademie Eindhoven (7.06.12 - 29.09.12)
Fotogalerie Groningen (27.04.12 - 22.05.12)
Fotogalerie Rotterdam (09.12.11 - 17.01.12)
Evergem (01.03.12 - 01.04.12)
ONGEKEND Young Masters @ Auction, Rotterdam (08.02.12 - 12.02.12) 
Dfind Interieur Brugge (03.12.11 - 28.01.12)
Sugar Factory Amsterdam (5.06.12 - 02.07.12)
Kers Gallery Amsterdam, duo exhibition with Sofie Muller (09.08.12 - 30.08.12) 
Ongekend Young Masters @ Auction, Amsterdam (15.09.2012-29.09.2012)
Solo exhibition Supperclub Amsterdam (February-March 2013)
Naarden Fotofestival (June 2013)
International exhibition 'De Wieke' (October 2013)
Duo exhibition with Maroesjka Lavigne 'Vander Weyden Gallery' (June 20 - October 4 2013)
Open house Gallery, New York City, 'Vogue' (September 2013)
International awards exhibition at Splashlight Studios, One Hudson Square, 75 Varick Street, New York, NY 10013 (October 2013)
San Francisco International Photography Award exhibition, 3265 17th street, San Francisco, California (August 10-24 2014)
Solo Exhibition 'Barbé Gallery' Belgium (07.11.14 - 10.01.15)
Think Tank Gallery, Los Angeles, California (9 - 16 Nov 2015)
Oberkampf Gallery, Paris (4 - 11 Dec 2015)
Menier Gallery, London (7 - 16 Jan 2016) 
Juraplatz Art Space, Switzerland (January 2016)
Officine Fotografiche, Rome (19 - 26 Feb 2016)
Exhibition at the International Center of Photography Museum in New York 2017 (Lensculture Awards) 
Month of photography Denver/Colorado 2017 (Lens Culture Awards)
Tiradentes Photo Festival / Brazil 2017 (Lens Culture Awards)
Focus Photography Festival / Mumbai, India 2017 (Lens Culture Awards)
Los Angeles Festival Of Photography / California4/18/2017 - 4/23/2017 (Lens Culture Awards)
Odessa/Batumi Photo Days Festival/ Odessa, Ukraine 4/19/2017 - 4/23/2017 (Lens Culture Awards)
Format International Photography Festival/ Derby, UK 3/24/2017 - 4/23/2017 (Lens Culture Awards) 
PhotOn Festival, Valencia/Spain 2-6.05.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
Art Photo Barcelona, Spain 5-7.05.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
Head On Photo Festival, Sydney, Australia 5-28.05.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
FestFoto Brazil, Porto Alegre, Brazil 9-13.05.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
Krakow Photomonth Festival, Krakow, Poland 19.05.17-18.06.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
International Center of Photography Museum New York 15-21.05.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
Belfast Photo Festival, Belfast, Nothern Ireland 1-30.06.2017 (Lens Culture Awards)
Copenhagen Photo Festival, Copenhagen. Denmark 1-11.06.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
Fotoleggendo Festival, Rome, Italy 06.06.17-15.07.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
ViennaPhotoBookFestival, Vienna, Austria 10-11.06.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
StreetFoto SAn Francisco 2017 Festival, San Francisco, CA 05-11.06.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
The Voies Off Festival in Arles 2017, France 04.06.17 (Lens Culture Awards)
Hungarian Museum of Photography (European month of photography) Oct 12- dec 20 / 2018
Zoya Gallery Bratislava (European month of Photography) 30oct-..2018
WeCollect Club Solo Exhibition, Paseo de la Castellana 22,Madrid, Espagne 08.01.19 - 03.19
European Month of Photography Luxembourg (EMOP) 15.05.19 - 21.09.19 MNHA (Musée National d’histoire et d’art)