Anja Matthes is an award-winning documentary photographer, videographer, and visual storyteller based in New York City. Over the past decade, she has dedicated her personal work to capturing the experiences of LGBTQ youth of color. Matthes's projects on the Kiki Ballroom scene have been exhibited at venues such as the Rayko Gallery and SF CameraWorks. In 2016, she was honored with the International Women in Journalism (IWMF) grant for her extensive project on the Kiki scene. With support from IWMF, Housing Works, and Open Source Gallery, Matthes produced and distributed the Kiki Yearbook to members of the Kiki community. This project was later archived in the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and featured in publications like W Magazine. Matthes's work has also been showcased in The Atlantic and The New Yorker Instagram. Her dedication to documenting the Kiki scene earned her the Pride Photo Award in 2019, followed by an Hetrick Martin Institute's Honors Award in February for her impactful work with Kiki youth. Additionally, her photographs were featured in the NYC Highline photo exhibition, "Visions of Pride: Paris Is Still Burning," organized by The Center.