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Hendra Eka is a documentary and sports photographers based in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Hendra started his career as a photojournalist in early 2009. He grew up in an environment that really likes sports, especially football. Since becoming a photojournalist, Hendra photographed news, sports, and stories that focus on social issues, human rights, gender, and identity.

As a visual journalist and storyteller, Hendra have experience working as a visual creator, editor, curator, and project manager. Hendra has been assigned to capture many sports events, such a NBA games in California – USA, EURO football championships in Poland-Ukraine, Tour de France, Formula One (F1), Australian Basketball League (ABL) in Perth Australia, Sea Games Malaysia, and WTAFinals Tennis in Singapore. Besides sports, he is also assigned to cover the conflict between residents in Wamena – Papua, AirAsia crash in Kalimantan, investigation of a private plane belonging to an Indonesian tycoon in Singapore, WAN-Ifra at Bangkok, and many more. In addition to that, he has also 3-month overland expedition from Bangkok -Thailand to Wagah – Pakistan.

He was awarded three times for his photo at the Anugerah Pewarta Foto Indonesia (APFI), the highest award for photojournalist in Indonesia. Hendra is recipient of Erasmus Huis Fellowship to Amsterdam 2020, residency program from the Kingdom of the Netherlands for one photojournalist from Indonesia.

On the sidelines of taking pictures, Hendra also joined the largest photojournalist organization in Indonesia, Pewarta Foto Indonesia (PFI), as Secretary General. There he helped organizations create journalism programs and strengthen the education and legal sectors. Recently, PFI has collaborated with UNESCO, the Australian Embassy in Indonesia, Indonesian MRT, Indonesian national library, several national media, and student press.

He took his master’s degree in political communication and enjoyed working with a diverse group of clients, of all sizes, and shapes.

Say Hi! [email protected] and Instagram: @_hendraeka 


2023 – Challenges in Photojournalism, mentored by Alex Ellinghausen, The Sydney Morning Herald, Jakarta. 

2022Adapting visual story to online publishing, mentored by Espen Rasmussen of VII Photo. Jakarta.

2022Erasmus Huis Fellowship, mentored by Kadir Van Lohuizen of NOOR Images. Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

2018Permata Photojournalist Grant, mentored by Saša Kralj, Edy Purnomo of PannaFoto and Jenny Smets of World Press Photo. Jakarta.

Collective Exhibition

2022 – Living in the Red Zone – Pan-Asian photography exhibition, the V54 (54 Village Road), Happy Valley, Hong Kong

2022Living in the Red Zone – Changing Asia, New Normal photo exhibition, Central World – Bangkok, Thailand

2022 – Wamena Post-bellum – Gambar pun Rebound. Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia. 

2021 – Wamena Post-bellum – Projection night at Jakarta International Photo Festival (JIPFest), Jakarta, Indonesia

2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 – Indonesian parliament photo exhibition. Indonesian parliament, Jakarta, Indonesia.

2021 – Anugerah Pewarta Foto Indonesia. National library, Jakarta, Indonesia.

2019, 2021 – Indonesian Presidential Palace photo exhibition. NEO Soho, Jakarta, Indonesia.

2018, 2020 – Rekam Jakarta. Taman Menteng & Thamrin 10, Jakarta, Indonesia.

2019, 2020 – Solo Photo Festival. Solo, Central Java, Indonesia. 

2018 – Permata Photojournalist Grant – Diversity. WTC, Jakarta and Dutch Embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia. 

2014 – Anugerah Pewarta Foto Indonesia. Grand Indonesia Mall, Jakarta, Indonesia. 

2012 – Ekspression of Kiev. Exhibition by The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). Kiev, Ukraine. 

2012 – Summer Olympic. R.K Burts Gallery, London, UK.


2023Lisette. Click here to order. 

Lisette’s photo book is a monograph by Hendra Eka. This book describes the story of professional sex workers in the Netherlands who serve people with disabilities and special needs.

Hendra photographed Lisette’s daily life with several clients, boyfriends, and friends in 3 cities in the Netherlands; Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Tilburg.

Photos are very intimate and bring the reader to feel what Lisette is feeling.

One of the photos from this project received an Award of Excellence from Pictures of the Year International (POY) in the Daily Life category, and several photos were exhibited in Photoville, New York, US. 

Format: Hard cover
Size: 21 x 16 cm
Pages: 120
Paper: Freelife Cento 170gsm
Language: Indonesian & English
ISBN: 979-8-88940-036-3
Publisher: Vertical Publishers (NL)
Printing: Astragraphia