Maria Contreras Coll is a Spanish freelance documentary photographer and photojournalist focusing on sociocultural gender issues and the fight for women rights. She is currently based between Spain and Nepal.

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 Al Jazeera or GEO Magazine 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 selected for the International Women Photographers Award, and to attend the XXXI Eddie Adams Workshop. 

Maria 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 especially interested in equality and gender issues, and in how women are fighting against obsolete and harmful social structures and practices in different cultures, religions, and countries. She is a member of Women Photograph and Photographic Social Vision.

Maria is available for assigment work and is currently in Barcelona, Spain. +34630711850 

International Women Photographers Award, laureate

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
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", IWPA traveling show, Dubai - Beirut - Amman - Paris - New Delhi - Toulouse - Riyadh - Marseille
"Journey To Impurity", Les Bernardes, Girona, Spain (Upcoming in April)
"Journey To Impurity", After Nyne gallery, London, UK
"Mortal Again", Espai Elizade, Barcelona, Spain (Upcoming in June)
"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, 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, Pear Video

From 2016 to present
Documentary Photography lecturer, Postgraduate Degree in Photojournalism, University of Barcelona, 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 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 Photohraphy, Social Vision meeting in Estudi Seltona, Barcelona, Spain