Meeri Koutaniemi (30) is a Finnish photographer and a journalist. Koutaniemi's work extends to over 50 countries where she has photographed and otherwise documented people with powerful stories of struggle and resilience. Her work stems from the question and definition of identity. She is fascinated by the complexity and possibilities of humanity, and finds purpose in the similarity of people's hopes and fears. At the core of her work lies a universal ability for empowerment and persistence.