About

About

Maria Contreras Coll is a documentary photographer and photojournalist from Barcelona, Spain.

After finishing her degree in Fine Arts in Barcelona, she studied a postgraduate degree in Photojournalism at the Autonomous University of Barcelona as a valedictorian. She spent the next year photographing intimate and personal aspects of the Refugee Crisis in Europe, traveling and living in affected areas such as the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Greece, France, Germany or Morocco. After that, she moved to Nepal in 2017 to work on a women’s rights project.

Her work has been published in The New York Times or The Washington Post among others. She is a guest lecturer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and her work has been shown in cities such as Dubai, London or Barcelona. Recently, she has been awarded with a POY Latam and selected for the International Women Photographers Award. 

Maria has the need to tell people’s stories in a rigorous and well-investigated manner, capturing global problems from an intimate and personal perspective. She is especially interested in gender issues and in how women are redefining structures and practices in different cultures, religions, and countries She is a member of Women Photograph and Photographic Social Vision.

 


PUBLICATIONS AND CLIENTS
The New York Times, The Washington Post, GEO, 6Mois, Al Jazeera, Internazionale, Le Temps,  Le Figaro, Revista 5W, Open Society Fundations, Vice Media, Bistandsaktuelt, El Pais, El Mundo, Diari Ara, Pear Video

AWARDS, GRANTS, MENTIONS, AND WORKSHOPS
2019
POY Latam, 3rd place, Los Jóvenes Se Expresan Category, winner

International Women Photographers Award, laureate
ASPAwrds, Blow Up Prize, winner
Voies Off Award 2019, selected

Joop Swart Masterclass, nominee
Smithsorian Photo Contest, Finalist

2018
XXXI Eddie Adams Workshop, selected

Women Photograph Mentorship, winner
"31 women to watch out for", British Journal of Photography
The Year In Pictures, Women Photograph
Joop Swart Masterclass, nominee
Prix ANI-PixPalace at Visa Pour L´Image, selected
PH Museum Women Photographers Grant, shortlisted and honorable mention
Lucie Foundation Scholarship, shortlisted
Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award, shortlisted and honorable mention
Days Japan International Awards, finalist
Moscow International Foto Awards, bronze winner
Up Residency in Milano, winner
ND Awards, Editorial Daily Life, winner third place
Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award, finalist
2017
Click Grant, winner

XVIII Seminar of Photography and Journalism Grant for study Photojournalism in Efti School, winner
XVIII Seminar of Photography and Journalism Grant, winner
ND Awards Editorial: Documentary Photography category, honorable mention
International Photography Magazine & Grant, nominee
Lucie Foundation Scholarship, nominee
Renaissance Photography Grant, nominee
2016
World Press Photo Masterclass in Barcelona

EXHIBITIONS
2019
"Journey To Impurity", International Street and Authorial Photography Festival, Alghero, Italy

"Journey To Impurity", IWPA traveling show, Dubai - Beirut - Amman - Paris - New Delhi - Toulouse - Riyadh - Marseille
"Journey To Impurity", Les Bernardes, Girona, Spain
"Journey To Impurity", After Nyne gallery, London, UK

"Mortal Again", Espai Elizade, Barcelona, Spain 
"Mortal Again", Casa Golferichs, Barcelona, Spain
2018
"The Sound Of The Suburbs", Fabrica del Vapore, Milano, Italy
"Journey To Impurity", Love me Tender global tour by Slideluck Editorial, Barcelona, Spain, Lagos, Nigeria, Bari, Italy, Fortaleza, Brazil
"Journey To Impurity", showcased Photo Vogue Festival, Milan, Italy
"Journey To Impurity", Solo exhibition in Aljub Espai Art, Figueres, Spain
"Journey To Impurity", Biennal Xavier Miserachs, Palafurgell, Spain
"Mortal Again", Visa Off, Visa Pour L'Image, Perpignan, France
"We Keep Waiting", Les Bernardes, Girona, Spain
"Hope", Dresden, Germany
2017
"Melilla, the gateway of Europe", IX Jornades Masnou, Masnou, Spain
"We Keep Waiting", Espai Català Roca, Docfield, Barcelona, Spain
"We Keep Waiting", Looking For Refuge, organized by CEAR (Spanish Commission for Refugee Assistance),  Casa de Vacas,  Madrid, Spain
"Hope", Renaissance Photography, Getty Images Gallery, London, United Kingdom
2014
"Persona”, Freedonia Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
"Persona", Titols, University of Fine Arts, in Barcelona, Spain
“Ah!",Espai Català Roca, in Barcelona, Spain

TALKS
From 2016 to present
Documentary Photography lecturer, Postgraduate Degree in Photojournalism, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2019
Joana Biarnés Tribute, UAB, Barcelona, Spain 

Documentary Photography lecture, Espai Català Roca, Barcelona, Spain
Documentary Photography lecture, DateCuenta school, Pati Llimona, Barcelona, Spain

Documentary Photography lecture, Erasmus + programme from the UK, Barcelona, Spain
Menstruation in Nepal, IES Badia, Mataró, Spain
2017
Migration in Europe, Radio Nacional de España (National Radio of Spain) Radio 4, Barcelona, Spain
Documentary Photography and Photojournalism panel, "IX Jornades Masnou, photography in 360º", Barcelona, Spain
Menstrual Restrictions in West and East, Baitadi University, Baitadi, Nepal
Documentary Photohraphy, Social Vision meeting in Estudi Seltona, Barcelona, Spain