Zsófia Pályi is a photographer and multimedia journalist, based in Budapest, Hungary. She received her bachelor’s degree in photography from the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest in 2010. Earlier, she has received her Master's Degrees at the Department of Media and Communication and Department of Portuguese Language at ELTE University.
She has been working for nine years for Origo, one of the leading online news portal in Hungary. Now she works mainly for magazines; and besides focuses on her personal projects. She is interested in feature stories, portrait and documentary photography. In the recent years, she also covered stories in Kenya and Mozambique.
She has received several prizes at the Hungarian Press Photo Competition and won the Pécsi József Fine Art Photography Grant, Hungarian state scholarship, three times. Recently she has been invited to participate in the Danube Revisited project with all the former Inge Morath Award winners. She was the winner of Károly Hemző Prize in 2017.
Her photos have been purchased internationally, by the New York Times, CNN Photo Blog, Vice Uk, Die Zeit, El País, Al Jazeera, Marie Claire Arabia, Chinese Blog Magazine, The Sunday Guardian, UNHCR Hungary, Hungarian Red Cross, Marie Claire Hungary, Nők Lapja, the Hungarian State Opera, the Hungarian National Ballett Company, the Palace of Arts MÜPA and Open Society Foundations in Budapest. She has taken part in the Magnum Workshop with Ian Berry photographer, in Budapest. Her series Balaton, the Hungarian Sea has been nominated Coeup de Coeur ANI 2014 at Perpignan Photo Festival, has also become finalist at LensCulture Portrait Awards in 2015.