Mike Belleme is a freelance photographer based in North Carolina. His work ranges from long-form documentary, to editorial, photo journalism and portraiture. His practice involves photographing from a space of emotional vulnerability and exploring themes involving connection and disconnection from that space. In 2017 he was awarded 2nd place in the “Feature Story” category in POYI “Pictures of the Year International” photo contest, and was recognized again 2018 in the portrait category. Clients include National Geographic, Time Magazine, Rolling Stone, New York Times Magazine, Google, Esquire, Outside Magazine, Fortune, Stern, The New York Times, Propublica and Al Jazeera America.