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 working on the refugee and migrant crisis in Europe, traveling and living in the Spanish enclave of Melilla, Greece, France, Germany, and Morocco. She lived in Nepal during 2017 and 2018 to document how women were fighting against menstrual restrictions in the country. 

Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post or Marie Claire among others, and shown in cities such as Dubai, London or Barcelona. She is a guest lecturer at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and has recently been awarded a POYLatam for her work in Nepal. She is participating in a three-year program as a mentee to James Estrin, senior staff photographer at The New York Times and co-creator of Lens Blog, and Ed Kash, member of VII Photo Agency. She is a National Geographic Explorer 2020.

Maria has the need to tell people’s stories from an intimate perspective, and she is especially interested in gender issues and in how women are re-defining social structures in different countries, cultures, and religions. She is member of Women Photograph and Photographic Social Vision. She is currently working on a long-term project in Barcelona with Joana Biarnes Grant's support and is available for assignments +34630711850

The New York Times, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, The Volkskrant, GEO, Marie Claire, 6Mois, Al Jazeera, Internazionale, Le Temps,  WOZ Die Wochenzeitung, Le Figaro, Revista 5W, Open Society Fundations, Vice Media, Bistandsaktuelt, El Pais, El Mundo, Diari Ara, Pear Video


National Geographic Storytelling Grant
I  Joana Biarnes Grant for young photojournalists

POY Latam, 3rd place, Los Jóvenes Se Expresan Category, winner

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

Joop Swart Masterclass, nominee
Smithsonian Photo Contest, Finalist

Lucie Foundation Scholarship, shortlisted
XXXI Eddie Adams Workshop selected

Women Photograph Mentorship, winner
"31 women to watch out for", British Journal of Photography, selected
The Year In Pictures, Women Photograph, selected
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
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

"Journey To Impurity", Madrid Docu Fest, Madrid, Spain 
"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
"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, Palafrugell, 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

From 2016 to present
Documentary Photography lecturer, Postgraduate Degree in Photojournalism, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
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 + program from the UK, Barcelona, Spain
Menstruation in Nepal, IES Badia, Mataró, Spain
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 Photography, Social Vision meeting in Estudi Seltona, Barcelona, Spain