Nelli Shishmanyan is a freelance photographer who began her career in 2006 after completing a yearlong photojournalism course at the Caucasus Institute, organized by World Press Photo. Shishmanyan participated in several international and regional photography-related projects, her works were exhibited in Armenia, Georgia, and Turkey. She has contributed to ArmeniaNow and Hetq, and her photographs have been published in the World Press Photo, Financial Times UK, Newsweek Russia, Ogoniok Magazine, National Geographic Traveler - Armenia magazine, and others. In 2012, she won 1st prize in the British Council’s Na/Ne Media Award, and currently she is also the Armenian coordinator of MyAngle project and one of photographers of Chai Khana Online magazine. Nelli is also a musician. She is a conductor of Avet Terteryan Art School’s children choir and member of Hover state chamber choir.
From 2016 Nelli Shishmanyan is a member of 4 Plus, a non-profit cooperative that aims to develop documentary photography in Armenia and empower women through photography.