Kevin Mertens (*1978) is a freelance photo editor, documentary photographer and lecturer. He studied photojournalism at Ostkreuzschool for Photography and Design in Berlin and finished his studies with the thesis work HURTLAND. Currently he is working as a picture producer/editor for the German news organisation Deutsche Welle. Before that he worked as a photo editor for the German weekly newspaper der Freitag for 9 years and also freelanced for the daily newspaper taz for nearly two years. In 2010 he co founded the online-magazine for young German photojournalism emerge-mag.com, which was nominated for the prestigeous Grimme Online Award in 2011. Before working in the field of photojournalism, he received a Bachelors Degree in International Management from Anglia Ruskin University, UK and worked as a product manager in a conceptual design department for audio-technology for nearly five years.