Maria Sturm was born in 1985 in Ploiesti, Romania and lives in Germany since 1991. She is currently based in Berlin and Providence. Maria received her diploma in Photography and Media from University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld in 2012. Maria has won several prizes including the New York Photo Award 2012 and the DOCfeld Dummy Award Barcelona 2015 with the work “Be Good”. Next to working on personal projects and commissions Maria also worked as a freelance producer for Vice Germany in 2015. She's currently doing an MFA in Photography at the Rhode Island School of Design and therefore received a Fulbright, a DAAD scholarship and a RISD GS grant for her work in progress You Don't Look Native To Me (working title).