Valmunen is a Helsinki-based documentary photographer. In 2016, he was awarded The Young Nordic Photographer of the Year, which earned him a solo exhibition at Fotografiska Stockholm. The same year he also received the Press Photograph of the Year and the Reportage of the Year awards in Finland. In 2017 he was awarded as a Photo Journalist of the year in Finland.
As a photojournalist Akseli works on international assignments, and his work has been featured in Der Spiegel, Aftenposten and Helsingin Sanomat among many others. His distinctive visual and subject approach to documentary photography has led him to work on photographic essays such as The Same New Pet (2016) in which he predominantly discusses his personal interest in the curiosity of mankind.
Akseli is currently studying for his Master’s at Aalto university in Helsinki and his work is a freelance based but mainly on his personal long term photo essays of everyday issues.