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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 climbed Everest or been to Antarctica. But I have travelled and lived in many far away places to create countless photographs and document people and their customs. I love finding humour in anything and I have made my life’s goal to be as creative as possible towards everything I do.

 

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 here in 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, as well as other countries such as 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 diverse range of independent NGO’s. My focus has been on long-term photographic 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 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 eyes and heart.

Professional Skills

I have been a photographer since I was 9 years old, which is nearly my entire life. I continuously attend masterclasses around the world to learn from the best in the field.

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 heart and soul in every picture I take.

Perfect Equipment

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

Approach

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

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 and 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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