About Niccolo Cosme

Niccolo Cosme started his career in the field of photography in 2001. He has always been fascinated with meanings and symbolisms and in Christian iconography, which is present in most of his conceptual and some commercial works. Greatly inspired by pain and sorrow, which is translated into a beautiful and compelling work of art, the Mater Dolorosa — or the Sorrowful Virgin Mary — is one of his favorite subjects. Recognized by many for his obvious talent, Niccolo has worked on different campaigns in the Philippines and abroad and has photographed a number of celebrities and personalities.

Niccolo initiated The Project Headshot Clinic, a small project born out of curiosity, in 2007. Today, it has grown into a big concept that merges online profile photos with advertising to promote awareness on campaigns, advertisements, and advocacies. The Project Headshot Clinic has tied up with companies/organizations, such as QTV 11, Globe Telecom, Yomost (Vietnam), and UNAIDS, and has accomplished projects in other countries such as Vietnam, Macau, and Cambodia.

He also co-founded The Red Whistle campaign in 2011, a community response to the alarming situation of HIV and AIDS in the Philippines. He collaborated with different civil society and nongovernment organizations to further this cause. STAR World, Channel V, and TBWA are some of the big entities that currently support The Red Whistle. Niccolo is also a great supporter of Human Rights, the Anti- Discrimination Bill, and Reproductive Health Bill. He considers activism an integral part of himself as an artist and as a humanitarian. On the same year he was hailed “Pioneer for life” for Levi’s “Go Forth” campaign in the Philippines.

In 2011, Niccolo Cosme topped the 7th annual Professional Photographers of America (PPA) Affiliate Asian-Pacific Image Competition in Seoul, Korea with his artwork, The Brotherhood of Men. It garnered a total score of 91, making it first prize among more than 400 entries from different countries that included Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, and Korea.

In February 2012, he was among the 32 recipients of the Ani ng Dangal Awards (Harvest of Honors) by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts, Philippines. On the same year his artwork “The Trials” from his Resplendor collection was sent to the UNAIDS (United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS) Arts for AIDS gallery for permanent display in Geneva Switzerland.

Niccolo is a Vegetarian.


People’s Choice Award – Fuji, Gift Gate, Swatch Why Smile Photo Competition 2004

4th Place Fuji, Gift Gate, Swatch Year of the Dog Photo Competition 2006

1st Prize Fuji, Gift Gate, Swatch Year of the Pig Photo Competition 2007

1st Prize 7th annual PPA (Professional Photographers of America) Affiliate Asian-Pacific Image Competition in Seoul, Korea 2011

Ani ng Dangal Award (Harvest of Honors) recipient February 2012