Meli Petersson Ellafi

Meli Petersson Ellafi is a photographer (b. 1988) who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden. Educated at Nordic School of Photography with Anna Clarén, Jonas Beggren and Mikkel Örstedholm as mentors. 

In 2015 Meli signed a freelance contract with the newspaper Expressen and is now one of their photographers working with reportage and cover larger news events.


In her work she focuses on documentary stories, portraits and sports.



Expressen, Bildbyrån, Kvällsposten, Östran, Kit, Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Aftenposten, Le Monde, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, TT News Agency



Photojournalism, Nordic School of Photography, Biskops-Arnö, 2012-2015

Basic course for photographic education, Photo School of Stockholm, 2009-2010



– Val, Galleri Kontrast, Stockholm, Sweden, 2014

– Val, First Hotel G, Göteborg, Sweden, 2014 

– Pictures of the Year, Group Exhibitions, Galleri Kontrast, 2017

– Pictures of the Year, Group Exhibitions, Galleri Kontrast, 2018


Articles and reviews





Awards and nominations 


– Picture of the Year Sweden, 1st Daily Life Sweden

– Nominated for Swedish investigative journalism award "Guldspaden"


– Picture of the Year Sweden, The Jury's Special Prize

– Nominated for Joop Swart Masterclass