MANEL QUIROS

  • photography
  • documentary
  • visual art
  • stories

About

Manel Quiros
Visual Artist

Born in Barcelona in 1984. I have been living in Edinburgh for the past 12 years, an inspiring city crammed with awe-inspiring art, architecture and heritage. Since I was 10 I spent my years behind a camera. I haven’t sailed with pirates, nor have I climb the Everest. I haven’t even been to Antarctica. But I have travelled and lived in too many far away places to create a lot of photographs and document their customs and people, and I have made my life’s goal to be as creative as possible towards everything I do and also I can find humour in anything.

I am a visual artist working on the disciplines of photography, videography and graphic design and I am fascinated by the world that surrounds me on my day-to-day basis, Scotland. Photography is not simply vocation but my lifeblood. I live totally inside photography, even when I am not with a camera. I spend my days travelling all around the world and I create images that inspire, uplift, and excite the viewers. On the other hand, I also work exploring socially excluded communities and humanistic stories. My passion for documentary photography has been developed in several European countries, and also in countries like; Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Tanzania, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Cambodia and I have collaborated with the Red Cross, UNHCR (The United Nations Refugee Agency), the WFP (World food programme) and a different range of independent NGO’s. My focus has been on photographing long-term projects; in this way I achieve a deeper, sincere and empathetic approach with the stories and people I document.

I have won a boatload of awards for my work, and I’m grateful for every single one of them. I also published books and I am a TEDx speaker for the University of Edinburgh. I believe deeply in teamwork, community, and collaboration so let’s be friends. Better yet, let’s climb the Everest!

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Why Choose Me?

PASSION

Photography is not simply vocation but my lifeblood. I live totally inside photography, even when I am not with a camera I photograph with my head, my eyes and heart.

Professional skills

I have been a photographer since I was 10 years old, which is nearly my entire life. I continuously attend seminars and masterclasses around the world to learn from the best in the field.

Perfect Equipment

Gear isn’t what photography is all about; it is how you use it. But the key piece of my photography equipment is my full frame Canon 6D Mark II, along with the best canon lenses in the market.

aPPROACH

I approach each assignment in the most professional way. I have learned over the years how to photograph in any situation. I have a highly skilled and trained eye (and heart) for detail.

unic vision

It is important to see with your heart rather than just with your eyes. Over the years I mastered a unique vision showing my soul and putting my heart in every picture I take.

ACHIEVEMENTS

I have been awarded in the most prestigious photography competitions around the world. I have also published books and I am a TEDx speaker for the University of Edinburgh.

Awards & Recognitions

2020

– The Independent Photographer. Winner of the Visual Storytelling. “Living in Solitude”
– ND ’20 (Neutral Density Photography Awards). Bronze Medal in the category of Editorial: Others. “Daymare”

2018

– ND ’18 (Neutral Density Photography Awards). Honorable Mention in the category of Special: Photojournalism/Story. “Living in Solitude”
– PhotogrVphy Grant 2018. Nominee in the category of Daily Life. “Living in Solitude”
– Direct Look PhotoContest ’18. Second Place in the category “The Problem”. “Living in Solitude”
– SPA ’18 (Scottish Portrait Awards). Finalist. “Living in Solitude”
– MIFA ’18 (Moscow International Foto Awards). Third Place in the category of Editorial: Photo Essay. “Living in Solitude”
– Focus on the Story International Photo Festival ’18. Finalist/Runner up for best series. “Living in Solitude”
– TIFA ’18 (Tokyo International Foto Awards). Third Place in the category of Book: People. “Living in Solitude”
– TIFA ’18 (Tokyo International Foto Awards). First Place in the category of People: Life Style. “Living in Solitude”
– iPOTY ’17 (International Photographer Of The Year). Second Place in the category of Photojournalism/Story. “Living in Solitude”
– TEDx Speaker at University of Edinburgh. “The Question Within The Photograph”

2017

– ND ’17 (Neutral Density Photography Awards). First Place and Gold Star Award in the category of Editorial: Other. “Living in Solitude”
– PhotogrVphy Grant 2017. Nominee in the category of Photojournalism. “Living in Solitude”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – International). First Place. Editorial Photographer of the Year. “Living in Solitude”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – International). First Place in the category of Editorial: Photo Essay and Featured Story. “Living in Solitude”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – International). Third Place in the category of Editorial: Political. “We Are Here”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – International). First Place in the category of Book: Monograph. “Gold Mines: Picked Education”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). First Place. Editorial Photographer of the Year. “Living in Solitude”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). First Place in the category of Editorial: Photo Essay and Featured Story. “Living in Solitude”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). Third Place in the category of Editorial: Photo Essay and Featured Story. “We Are Here”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). Third Place in the category of Editorial: Photo Essay and Featured Story. “Gold Mines: Picked Education”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). Second Place in the category of Editorial: Others. “Living in Solitude”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). Second Place in the category of Editorial: Others. “Gold Mines: Picked Education”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). Third Place in the category of Editorial: Others. “We Are Here”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). Second Place in the category of People: Culture. “Gold Mines: Picked Education”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). Third Place in the category of People: Culture. “Living in Solitude”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). Second Place in the category of Events: Social Issues. “We Are Here”
– IPA ’17 (International Photography Awards – Spain). Second Place in the category of Book: Documentary. “Gold Mines: Picked Education”
– Monovision Photography Awards ’17. Honorable Mention in the category of Photojournalism/Series. “Living in Solitude”
– MIFA ’17 (Moscow International Foto Awards). Third Place: People Category Winner. “Living in Solitude”
– MIFA ’17 (Moscow International Foto Awards). Second Place in the category of Book: Documentary. “Living in Solitude”
– MIFA ’17 (Moscow International Foto Awards). Second Place in the category of Editorial: Photo Essay. “Living in Solitude”
– MIFA ’17 (Moscow International Foto Awards). Third Place in the category of People: Children. “Living in Solitude”
– MIFA ’17 (Moscow International Foto Awards). First Place in the category of People: Life Style. “Living in Solitude”
– Fine Art Photography Awards. Nominee in the category of Photojournalism. “Living in Solitude”
– Fine Art Photography Awards. Nominee in the category of Open Theme. “Living in Solitude”
– World Press Photo ’17. Nominated to the Joop Swart Masterclass.
– Finalist in the International Portrait Photography Award “Shoot the Face”. “Living in Solitude”
– iPOTY ’16 (International Photographer Of The Year). Honorable mention in the category of Photojournalism/Story. “Living in Solitude”
– Monochrome Awards ’16. Honorable mention in the category of Portrait. “Living in Solitude”
– Monochrome Awards ’16. Honorable mention in the category of Portrait. “EXILE: The Refugees of Mali”
– Monochrome Awards ’16. Honorable mention in the category of People. “Living in Solitude”
– Monochrome Awards ’16. Honorable mention in the category of Photojournalism. “Living in Solitude”

2016

– TIFA ’16 (Tokyo International Foto Awards). Second Place in the category of Book: People. “Living in Solitude”
– TIFA ’16 (Tokyo International Foto Awards). Third Place in the category of Book: Documentary. “Living in Solitude”
– Winner in the “Lens on Social Justice” contest held by Open Hands Initiative in collaboration with VII Photo Agency. “Living in Solitude”
– Juror’s Winner in “The Documentary Photograph” exhibition held by SE Centre for Photography. Greenville, South Carolina, United States. “Living in Solitude”
– Winner in the International Portrait Photography Award “Shoot the Face”. “EXILE: The Refugees of Mali”
– iPOTY ’15 (International Photographer Of The Year). Honorable mention in the category of Photojournalism/Story. “Living in Solitude”

2014

– PHotoEspaña ’14, Madrid, Spain: Finalist at International Photo Festival and Contest, in the section ‘Descubrimientos’. “GOLD MINES: Picked Education”
– Premio Combat Prize ’14, Livorno, Italy: Finalist at International Contemporary Art Competition. “EXILE: The Refugees of Mali”

Exhibitions

2021

– “Identidades”. Palacio Quintanar, Segovia, Spain. January/February 2021

2020

– “Identidades”. Palacio Quintanar, Segovia, Spain. December 2020
– “Identidades”. Museo de Arte de Almeria, Almeria, Spain. July/August/September 2020

2019

– “Lux – Les Santes”. Can Palauet, Mataró, Spain. July/August/September 2019
– “Daymare”. Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles, Arles, France. June 2019
– “Diez Miradas al Abandono”. Centro Cultural Villa de Móstoles, Madrid, Spain. March/April 2019
– “Living in Solitude” exhibition held by The Scottish Arts Club, Glasgow, Scotland. January/February, 2019

2018

– “Living in Solitude” exhibition held by The Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh, Scotland. November/December, 2018
– “Living in Solitude” exhibition held by Sakharov Center, Moscow, Russia. October, 2018
– “InCadaqués” exhibition held by InCadaqués International Photo Festival. Cadaqués, Spain. September, 2018
– “State of the World” exhibition held by Espace Beaurepaire at Px3 Prix de la Photographie. Paris, France. July/August, 2018
– “Diez Miradas al Abandono” Centro Português de Fotografia (C.P.F.). Porto, Portugal. March, 2018
– “Living in Solitude” exhibition held by Blank Wall Gallery. Athens, Greece. February/March, 2018

2017

– “IPA Best of Show ‘ 17”. Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, Tokyo, Japan. December 2017
– “IPA Best of Show ’17”. Naples Wearhouses, Naples, Italy. November 2017
– “IPA Best of Show ’17”. Splashlight Studios, New York City, New York. October 2017
– “Diez Miradas al Abandono”. Círculo Amistad Numancia, Soria, Spain. June/July 2017
– “Diez Miradas al Abandono”. Centro Cultural Melchor Zapata, Benicassim, Spain. Festival Imaginaria – Fotografía en Primavera. May 2017
– “Diez Miradas al Abandono”. Llibreria Railowsky, Valencia, Spain. March/April 2017
– “No Words”. Sala Gaudia, Huelva, Spain. January/February 2017
– “Diez Miradas al Abandono”. Centre Municipal La Misericordia, Mallorca, Spain. January/February 2017

2016

– “The Documentary Photograph” exhibition held by SE Centre for Photography. Greenville, South Carolina, United States. September, 2016
– “Diez Miradas al Abandono”. Museo de Almeria, Almeria, Spain.  July/August/September 2016
– “No Words”. Galeria BAT, Festival OFF PHotoEspaña ’16, Madrid, Spain. June/July/August 2016
– “Diez Miradas al Abandono”. Palacio Quintanar, Segovia, Spain. May/June 2016
– “New International Photography in the 21st Century”. Imaginaria Photo Festival, Castellon, Spain. May/June 2016
– “New International Photography in the 21st Century”. XXIV Zarautz Photomuseum, Zarautz, Vasque Country, Spain. March/April 2016
– “New International Photography in the 21st Century”. Segovia Photo Festival. Segovia, Spain. February 2016
– “New International Photography in the 21st Century”. Centro de Arte Alcobendas, Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain. November/December 2015 – January, 2016

2015

– “New International Photography in the 21st Century”. CCC Jose Saramago, Leganes, Madrid, Spain. October/November 2015
– “Crossing Borders”. Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom. October/November 2015
– “New International Photography in the 21st Century”. Centro Municipal de las Artes de Alcorcon, Madrid, Spain. February 2015

2014

– “Premio Combat Prize ’14”. Museo Civico G.Fattori ex Granai di Villa Mimbelli, Livorno, Italy. July 2014
– “Premio Combat Prize ’14”. Museo di Storia Naturale di Livorno, Livorno, Italy. June 2014

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