2017 Swiss Press Award :" Photographer of the Year 2017"
2012: Swiss Press Photo Award, 2nd place Category world
2010: Days Japan International Photojournalism Award, 3rd place.
2009: Visa D'Or - Feature International Festival of Photojournalism "Visa pour l'image" for "Promises and Lies: the human cost of the war on terror in Afghanistan".
2009: Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography.
2009: PX3 Professional Book-documentary Award, 2nd place, Photography Competition Paris for "Silent Exodus."
2006: Days Japan International Photojournalism Award for "Hidden Afghanistan".
2006: Photo District News Photojournalism Award for "Hidden Afghanistan"/ Newsweek.
1997: World Press Joop Swart Master Class .
1997: Swiss Federal prize for Applied Arts for "Eclipse".
1995: Young Creator Award, Fondation Vaudoise pour la Photographie Contemporaine (Cantonal foundation for promotion of artists and creation, based in Lausanne, Switzerland).
Exhibitions/ Presentation/ interventions
11 /2017: Exhibition of work at Château Prangins, Nyon, Swiss Press Photo
08/2017: Exhibition of work in Lugano, Arte et Cultrua, Swiss Press Photo
08/2017: Mt. Rokko Foto Festival – Main guest – Alone together - Together alone exhibition, portfolio
05/2017: Exhibition of work in Zürich, Landesmuseum, Swiss Press Photo
05/2017: Switzerland, Vevey: discussion and presentation of my work at “musée suisse de l’appareil photographique” with journalists and photographer students from the University Neuchatel, section journalism
05/2016: Switzerland, UNIL in Lausanne: Forum des 100, each year the most powerful 100 persons how makes Switzerland, and I
was invited as a speaker to talk about the refugee crises in Europe:
05/2016: New York, Lincoln Center and IFC Center.Human Rights Watch
12/2016: Siem Reap, Cambodia Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops “End of the mirage”
12/2015: Siem Reap, Cambodia Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops “The Crossing”
05/2016: New York, Human Rights Watch
Film Festival: Discussion Panel featuring a selection of photos and video clips
02/2016: London, HRW during the HRW Film Festival: Desperate Journey: Europe’s
01/2016: Amsterdam, HRW at FOAM: Discussion Panel featuring a selection of photos
and video clips with the emergencies director, Peter Bouckaert
12/2016: Portfolio review at Angkor Photo Festival & Workshops for futures talented photographer
from Asia (during Festival)
09/2016: Projection of my work “The Crossing” at the “Visa pour l’image”
06/2015: London, Front Line Club in the Picture with Zalmaï:
Afghanistan – Dread and Dreams
08/2014 Japan Mt.ROKKO INTERNATIONAL PHOTO FESTIVAL: I was the main photographer of the festival where I had an exhibition
about my work on Afghanistan and I participated on the portfolio review and discussion panels with the young Japanese
27/12/2013: Siem Reap, Cambodia Angkor Photo Festival " Timeless Havana"
6 /4/ 2013 to 12/ 5/2013: Kobe, Japan, Theory of Cloud Gallery " Playing With Empires"
27/10/2012: Rome, Italy "Obiettivo Afghanistan, la terra oltre la guerra "
28 /9/ 2012: New York, DUMBO Art Festival, Exhibition of Zalmai's work in a shipping container " Walking in Quicksand"
27/8/2012 to 28/9/2012: Durham, USA at Duke University's John Hope Franklin Center for Interdisciplinary and International Studies
" Walking in Quicksand"
9/6/2012 : Kassel, Germany, dOCUMENTA 13,Playing With Empires .
9/6/2012: Kabul, Afghanistan, dOCUMENTA 13,Playing With Empires .
10/9/2011 to 30/10/211: Hague, Netherlands, at GEMAK, the exhibition space of The Hague’s Vrije Academie "Generation 9/11"
19/10/2010 to 19/01/2011: Milan, Italy, Triennale di Milano, "Disquieting Images".
9/2009 to 4/2010: New York, Soros Foundation, 16th Moving Walls Exhibition, Open Society Institute, Afghanistan: Promises and Lies.
6/2010: Shanghai World Expo, UN Paviliion "Urban Refugees: invisible in the city".
12/2009: Geneva, Palais des Nations, "Urban Refugees: invisible in the city", produced by UNHCR.
29/8/2009 to 13/9/2009: Perpignan, France, Visa pour limage 21st International Festival of Photojournalism Afghanistan: Promises and Lies.
15/9/2007: New York, USA, Rubin Museum of Art, produced by Human Rights Watch.
2004 to 2007: Return, Afghanistan World Tour:
Return, Afghanistan world tour began in Geneva in May 2004 with the support of UNHCR, Aperture foundation, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the City of Geneva, Lombard Odier Darier Hentsch & Cie, the Swiss Federal Office for Refugees and Fedex Express.
5/2004: Geneva, Switzerland, United Nations Head Quarters.
5/2004: Geneva, Switzerland, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices BFM, produced by and for UNHCR.
6/2004: Washington DC, USA, Kennedy Center, exhibition produced by and for UNHCR and Aperture New York.
6/2004: Washington DC, USA, National Geographic Museum, exhibition produced by and for UNHCR and Aperture New York.
7/2004: Kabul, Afghanistan, Amoni School, exhibition produced by and for the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNHCR.
2005: Los Angeles, USA, The Laband Art Gallery at Loyola Marymount University.
2005: Dubai, Artspace.
2007: Berlin, Germany, Cicero Gallery .
2006: Lichtenstein, Kuntshaus Museum.
2006: Toronto, Canada, Doris McCarthy Galery UTSC.
2005: Chicago, USA, De Paul Art Museum "War and Peace"
2005: Kabul, Afghanistan, "Hidden, Afghanistan," produced by UNODC.
2003: New York, USA, the National Art Club of New York, La Monte Gallery.
2003: Lausanne, Switzerland, Musée de lElysée, Eclipse.
2003: Bordeaux , France, Eclipse.
2002: New York, St. Lawrence University's Richard F. Brush Art Gallery "War and Peace".
2002: Geneva, Switzerland, Ethnographies Museum, " Forgotten hostages.
2001: New York, USA, Lincoln center Forgotten hostages produced by Human Rights Watch.
1998 to 2000: Switzerland, Germany and Austria: Salzburg, Innsbruck, Durbin, Wien, Bochum, Mainz, Leipzig, Munich, Dsseldorf and Hanover Afghanistan, produced by and for ICRC, German and Austrian Red Cross, ECHO and Information European Commission.
1995: Nyon, Switzerland, Focale Gallery, Mutilated Hope.
1992: Lausanne, Switzerland, Musée de lElysée, Audio-visual Memories of Man, dedicated to the Pygmies.
1991: Lausanne, Switzerland , Musée de lElysée, Audio-visual Obligatory Passage, Calcutta Rickshaw Drivers.
1990: Sierre, Switzerland, Terrasse Gallery.
1989: Nyon, Switzerland, Focale Gallery.