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Pablo Albarenga (Montevideo, 1990) is a documentary photographer and visual storyteller exploring human rights issues in Latin America. Albarenga is a National Geographic Explorer and a Pulitzer Center Grantee.

As a photographer, he has dedicated his work to investigating, studying, and photographing the colonization process that is still affecting traditional populations in Latin America. Many communities are being threatened by huge development projects who aim to exploit the natural resources available in their territories, such as minerals, wood, and extensive agriculture.

Albarenga, who is originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, has photographed the occupations of the Guarani Kaiowá indigenous peoples, who are fighting to get back their traditional lands in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil. He has also photographed the massive indigenous camps in Brasília, where more than 3,000 leaders from every corner of Brazil travel to the capital in order to claim their rights. In addition, he documented Sonia Guajajara's journey as the first indigenous woman to run for the vice presidency of Brazil in the 2018 Brazilian general election.










AWARDS / GRANTS / EXHIBITIONS



2020

︎Sony World Photography Awards. Photographer of the year. ︎Sony World Photography Awards. Winner of the Latin America Professional Awards.
︎Sony World Photography Awards. Winner of the Creative Photography Category.
︎Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition at the Sommerset House of London.
︎Seeds of Resistance. Collective exhibiton. Addis Foto Fest. Ethiopia.

︎Pulitzer Center grant for the project Rainforest Defenders Colombia, in collaboration with Francesc Badia i Dalmases from democraciaAbierta and Edilma Prada from Agenda Propia.
︎Selected for the DC Environmental Film Festival with Rainforest Defenders series.
︎World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass nominee.
︎Selected for the LENS New York Portfolio Reivew.

2019

︎Pulitzer Center grant for the project Rainforest Defenders Ecuador, in collaboration with Francesc Badia i Dalmases from democraciaAbierta.
︎National Geographic Explorer. Grant awarded with the project “Seeds of resistance”.

︎Pulitzer Center grant for the project Rainforest Defenders Brasil, in collaboration with Francesc Badia i Dalmases from democraciaAbierta and Engajamundo Brasil. ︎Pulitzer Center Grant for the project “The Last River” in collaboration with Caio Mota and Luna Gamez.
︎Individual exhibition. Mapping of indigenous portraits over the main buildings in Montevideo, to simulate a retake of traditional land.
︎RETOMADA - Photo Book about the indigenous struggle in Brazil.
︎World Press Photo Global Talent Program Nominee.
︎Seeds of Resistance, work in progress. Fotoativa, Belém, Pará, Brazil.


2018

︎Retomada. Collective exhibiton Addis Foto Fest. Ethiopia.
︎Tekoha. Individual exhibition about the land indigenous conflict all over Brazil. Casa Arbus. Uruguay.
︎Photobooth. Individual exhibition. iPhone made portraits. Bar Andorra. Uruguay.
︎AECID AFROAMERICANOS. Visual projects on afro-descendant communities in Latin America. 1st place along with Mayra Da Silva.
︎Mantengo lo que dije. Exhibition about the Guaraní Kaiowá conflict in Brazil, with Ana Mendes (BR). Centro de Fotografía de Montevideo. Uruguay.
︎Uruguayan moving photography exhibition. Invited with “Orosmán” series. Spain.

2017

 
︎iPhone Photography Awards. Honorable mention. USA.
︎ Fest Foto POA International Photography Festival- Finalist. 









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