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 in Photojournalism (2015-2016) 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.

Since then, her work has been published in Al Jazeera, Le Figaro or GEO Magazine among others. She has been a guest lecturer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and her work has been shown in places such as Getty Images Gallery in London or in the DocField Festival in Barcelona. Recently she’s been selected for the Women Photograph Mentorship 2017-2018 and to attend the XXXI Eddie Adams Workshop. She was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass 2018-2019 and won the Click Grant 2017 to continue with her work in Nepal.

Maria is an enthusiastic and creative person. She has the need to tell people’s stories in a rigorous and well-investigated manner, capturing global problems from a very intimate and personal perspective. She is able to adapt to very different situations, always with the aim of photographing them in a very sensitive and truthful way. Maria is especially interested in Gender issues, in how social structures can affect women’s lives in different cultures, religions, and countries and how they are trying to change them. She is part of Women Photograph, and she is represented by Photographic Social Vision and UPIFC

Maria is available for assignments worldwide and is currently based in Barcelona, Spain. +34630711850 

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
ND Awards, Editorial Daily Life, winner third place

Up Residency in Milano, winner
Lucie Foundation Scholarship, shortlisted
Marilyn Stafford Fotoreportage Award, shortlisted and honorable mention
Days Japan International Awards, finalist
Portraits - Hellerau Photography Award, finalist
The Moscow International Foto Awards, silver medal
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
World Press Photo Masterclass in Barcelona


"Journey To Impurity", After Nyne gallery, London, UK (UPCOMING)
"Mortal Again", Casa Golferichs, Barcelona, Spain (UPCOMING 23rd of Jan)
"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
"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
"Persona”, Freedonia Gallery, Barcelona, Spain
"Persona", Titols, University of Fine Arts, in Barcelona, Spain
“Ah!",Espai Català Roca, in Barcelona, Spain

GEO, 6Mois, Al Jazeera, Internazionale, Le Temps,  Le Figaro, Open Society Fundations, Vice Media, El Pais, El Mundo, Diari Ara

Documentary Photography lecture, Postgraduate Degree in Photojournalism, University of Barcelona,
Documentary Photography lecture, Espai Català Roca, Barcelona, Spain (UPCOMING 21st JAN)
Documentary Photography lecture, DateCuenta school, Pati Llimona, Barcelona, Spain (UPCOMING 26th JAN)

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