Johanna Alarcón (1992) is a freelance photojournalist and visual storyteller based in Ecuador. Johanna´s work is focused on social justice, human rights,identity and gender related issues. She is a National Geographic Explorer and member of Ayün Fotógrafas, Fluxus Foto, Visura.Co, Fotoféminas, Women Photograph and Diversify Photo. Selected for Inge Morath Award (2022), Photography and Social Justice Fellowship Magnum Foundation (2021), Community Awareness Award Photographer of the Year International (2021), Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo (2020), 6x6 Global Talent South America (2019). She is an author of ¨Cimarrona: Soy Negra porque el sol me miró¨ KWY published book (2022). Her work has been featured in The New York Times, National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Bloomberg, Da 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 Photoville NYC, Latin American Photography Festival Bronx Documentary Center (2019-2020), Montevideo Photography Center (2021). Her recognitions include: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, teaching and her personal projects.
AWARDS - GRANTS 2022 - 2022 - Selected for Inge Morath Award Magnum Foundation2021 - Selected for Photography and Social Justice Program Magnum Foundation2021 - Selected National Geographic Explorer2021 - FotoEvidence & World Press Photo Book Award - CovidLatam2021 - Grantee of COVID-19 Magnum Foundation Found2021 - Community Awareness Award - Photographer of the Year International Competition2021 - First Place in Health Category - Photographer of the Year Latinamerica Competition2020 - 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 Foto2019 – Selected World Press Photo 6X6 Talent South America2019 - Selected participant/ Woman Photograph Workshop (Quito, Ecuador)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 – Selected participant /New York Times Portfolio Review / USA2019 – Selected participant/ Women Photograph Workshop 2018 – Mentee/ Everyday Projects Mentorship 2018 – Member / Fotógrafas Latinoamericanas 2018 – Winner / Afroamericanos / AECID (Ecuador) 2018 – Selected tutor/ 20 photographers (Concepción, Bolivia) 2017 – Jury/ Juan Antonio Serrano photojournalism award (students, category) 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)2015 – Talker / Young TED-ex (Quito, Ecuador) EXHIBITIONS 2021- Collective exhibition/ Africamericanos at Montevideo Photography Center (Montevideo, Uruguay)2020 - Collective exhibition COVID LATAM i3rd Annual Latin America Photo Festival organized by Bronx Documentary Center (Bronx, NYC)2019 - Collective exhibition/ Mujeres más que fotógrafas (Bogotá, Colombia) 2019 – Exhibition / Photoville Emerging Cubes (Brooklyn, NYC) 2019 – 2nd Annual Latin America Photo Festival organized by Bronx Documentary Center (Bronx, NYC)2019 – Collective exhibition / Arde (Buenos Aires, Argentina) 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 – Collective exhibition/ “Ciudades Visibles”/ Metropolitan Cultural Center (Quito, 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)