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Koral Carballo ( b. Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico in 1987) She tells stories related to identity, violence, and territory; dissolving frontiers between photojournalism and visual arts. 

She is the recipient of the Catchlight Fellowship (2021), POY LATAM’s 2nd place Nuestra Mirada Award (2021), the Woman Photograph and Getty Images grant (2019), an Open Society Foundations Moving Walls 25 Fellowship (2018), and received first place in the Latin American Photography Colloquium portfolio review (2017). 


Collaborates with the Ruda Collective. It also belongs to the organization's Foto Féminas, Fotógrafas en México, Frontline Freelance Mexico, Diversify Photo and Women Photograph.

She founded along with a group of Veracruz photojournalists in 2014 the Mirar Distinto International Festival of Journalistic and Documentary Photography in Mexico and currently co-produces.




Awards and Grants

2021 Catchlight Leadership Fellow Recipient (Global).


2021 Solution Journalism Grant of Gabriel Garcia Marquez New Journalism Foundation, with Welcome to Intipucá City Project Recipient (LATAM).

2021 Star Photobook Dummy Award Nominee (Global)

2021 POY LATAM 2nd place Nuestra Mirada Award Winner (Global).

2020 Magnum Foundation Global Covid Projects Recipient (Global).

2020 Bronx Documentary Center and Darryl Chappell Grant Recipient (USA).

2020 Yes Contemporary Artist Grant with Welcome to Intipucá Project Recipient (El Salvador).

2020 Program of Cultural Promotion and Co-investment of FONCA Recipient (Mexico).

2020  National Geographic COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, 2020 with Ruda Colectiva Recipient (Global).


2020  Emerson Collective Grant Nominee (USA).

2020 6x6 Talent World Presse Photo North America Nominee (Norway).

2020 Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo Nominee (Norway).

2020 Berlin Talent Nominee (Germany).

2020 The Independent photographer 'Emerging Talent' competition, 2020 Finalist  (USA).

2019 Women Photograph + Getty Images Recipient (Global).

2019 We Women Grant with Welcome to Intipucá Project Recipient (USA).

2019 Voies Off Arles Finalist  (France).

2019 Berlin Talent Nominee (Germany).

2019 Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo Nominee (Norway).

2019 Vevey Images Book Award Finalist (Switzerland).

2018 Moving Walls 25 Grant of the Open Society Foundation with Welcome to Intipucá Project Recipient (Global).

2018 Adelante Reporting Grant 2018 - 2019 from the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) with Welcome to Intipucá Project  Recipient  (Global).

2018 Young Creators of the National Fund of Culture and the Arts (FONCA) Photography,  Recipient (Mexico).


2018 Magnum Photos Submissions New Members' Portfolios Finalist (Global).

2018 Photography Biennial of Centro de la Imagen in Mexico Finalist (Mexico).


2018 6x6 Talent World Presse Photo North America Nominee (Norway).

2018 One to Watch of the Journal British of Photography Nominee (U.K.).

2018 Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo Nominee (Norway).

2017 Adelante Reporting Trip at the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF)  with Welcome to Intipucá Project Recipient (Global ).

2017 Festival NexoFoto Finalist (Spain).

2017 Loan Program Leica Fotografie International Recipient  (Germany).

2017 Latin American Photography Colloquium 1st place in the portfolio review Winner (Mexico).

2016 Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo Nominee (Norway).

2015  Latinoamerica Masterclass World Press Photo Nominee (Norway - México).

2015 Young Creators of the National Fund of Culture and the Arts (FONCA) Photography,  Recipient (Mexico).


CV Complete

Koral Carballo

Koral Carballo ( b. Poza Rica, Veracruz, Mexico in 1987) She tells stories related to identity, violence and territory; dissolving frontiers between photojournalism and visual arts. She began her career as a photojournalist in 2009 and in 2016 she decided to leave the local media to investigate her own long-term projects. She is currently working as a photojournalist, documentary photographer, visual storyteller and freelance artist.
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