Johanna Alarcón (1992) is a freelance photojournalist and visual storyteller based in Ecuador.
Johanna´s work is focused on social justice, human rights, and gender related issues. She is a National Geographic Explorer and member of Ayün Fotógrafas, Fluxus Foto, Visura.Co, Fotoféminas, Women Photograph.
Selected for Photography and Social Justice Fellowship Magnum Foundation (2021), Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo (2020), 6x6 Global Talent South America (2019). Her work has been published in The New York Times, Bloomberg, Volkskrant, Reuters, among others. Selected for the New York Times portfolio review (2019), Eddie Adams and Women Photograph Workshop (2019). Her work has been exhibited in Montevideo Photography Center (2021), Photoville Festival and Latin American Photography Festival Bronx Documentary Center (2019-2020).
Her recognitions include: Community Awareness Award Photographer of the Year International (2021), First Place in Photographer of the Year Latinamerica Health Category (2020), FotoEvidence Book Award - CovidLatam (2021), Grantee of COVID-19 Magnum Foundation Found (2021), Open Society and Gabo Foundation's fund for investigations and new narratives on drugs (2020), Will Riera Award (2019), Everyday Projects and Visura Co Mentorship (2018-2019), AECID Africamericanos Grantee Ecuador (2018), Tutor of the 20f Campament in Bolivia (2018), Honorable Mention in the photobook competition RM (2017) Currently, she works on assignments and her personal projects.
Currently, she works on assignments, teaching and her personal projects.
AWARDS & EXHIBITIONS2021 - Selected for Photography and Social Justice Program Magnum Foundation2021 - Selected National Geographic Explorer2021 - FotoEvidence & Word Press Photo Book Award - CovidLatam2021 - Grantee of COVID-19 Magnum Foundation Found2021 - Community Awareness Award in Photographer of the Year International Competition2021 - First Place in Health Category Photographer of the Year Latinamerica Competition2021- Collective exhibition/ Africamericanos at Montevideo Photography Center (Montevideo, Uruguay)2020 - Selected participant / Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo Foundation2020 - Selected for National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Found for Journalists as member of Ayün Fotógrafas and Fluxus Foto2020 - Collective exhibition COVID LATAM i3rd Annual Latin America Photo Festival organized by Bronx Documentary Center (Bronx, NYC)2019 – Selected World Press Photo 6X6 Talent South America2019 - Selected participant/ Woman Photograph Workshop (Quito, Ecuador)2019 - Collective exhibition/ Mujeres más que fotógrafas (Bogotá, Colombia) 2019 – Will Riera Award / Eddie Adams Workshop (New York, USA)2019 - Selected participant/ Eddie Adams Workshop (New York,USA) 2019 – Visura. Co Artist Residence (Brooklyn, NYC) 2019 – Exhibition / Photoville Emerging Cubes (Brooklyn, NYC) 2019 – 2nd Annual Latin America Photo Festival organized by Bronx Documentary Center (Bronx, NYC)2019 – Selected participant /New York Times Portfolio Review / USA 2019 – Selected participant/ Women Photograph 2019 – Collective exhibition / Arde (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 2018 – Mentee/ Everyday Projects Mentorship 2018 – Member / Fotógrafas Latinoamericanas 2018 – Winner / Afroamericans Projects/ AECID (Ecuador) 2018 – Selected tutor/ 20 photographers (Concepción, Bolivia) 2018 – Collective exhibition /Lumix Festival / Native Agency (Hannover, Germany) 2018 – Collective exhibition /Foto Albúm ( Cuenca-Guayaquil, Ecuador) 2018 – Collective exhibition /“Back to the Market”/ Fundación Museos (Quito, Ecuador) 2018 – Collective exhibition/ ”Contaminados: Lo popular del arte”/ Anthropological Museum of Contemporary Art (Guayaquil, Ecuador) 2018 – Collective exhibition/ The 3×8 Behind the city/ Cumandá Urban Park (Quito, Ecuador) 2017 – Nominee/ 6×6 Global Talent Program / World Press Photo Foundation (Amsterdam) 2017 – Jury/ Juan Antonio Serrano photojournalism award (students, category) 2017 – Collective exhibition/ “Ciudades Visibles”/ Metropolitan Cultural Center (Quito, Ecuador) 2017 – Selected participant/ “Visión y Expresión Fotográfica” Workshop / Gihan Tubbet – Festival Gabo (Medellín,Colombia) 2017 – Winner / Arts and cultural projects / Cultural Secretary (Quito, Ecuador) 2017 – Honor mention/ RM Photobook Contest / RM Editorial (Spain) 2016 – Member/ Photographic Museum of Humanity 2016 – Winner / Juan Antonio Serrano photojournalism Award (Ecuador) 2016 – Collective publication/ FLUZ Quito/ RM Editorial (Spain) 2016 – Collective exhibition/ “Mujeres Sanadoras” (Quito, Ecuador)2016 – Collective exhibition/ “Espiritualidades” / USFQ & Museums Fundation (Quito, Ecuador) 2016 – Collective exhibition/ “Sucede cuando callamos” (Quito, Ecuador) 2015 – Photo Intervention / ELLA Encuentro Latinoamericano de Mujeres (Cochabamba, Bolivia) 2015 – Talker / Young TED-ex (Quito, Ecuador)