David Arribas (1978) is a freelance photographer based in Madrid. Interested in documentary reporting on sociocultural issues, he focuses his work within the country where he resides, claiming proximity issues as an object of study.
He began to study photography in a self-taught way in 2014, attending various courses and workshops seeking to find his own style within the world of photography. Over time, he acquired a personal visual language, fueled by his own experience and by conducting several master classes with authors of very diverse themes such as Manu Brabo, Antoine d'Agata, José Manuel Navia or Cristina García Rodero. He has published in media such as The Washington Post, Burn Magazine, Papel, Gara or FronteraD and his essays have been exhibited at the Helsinki Photo Festival (Finland), Capital Animal Alicante (Spain) and Visa pour l´image para l ' Association Nationale des Iconographes in Perpignan (France), among others.

Currently, he dedicates his work to giving visibility to topics considered taboo that, in some way, affect his personal life, seeking to generate a change in the social perception of them.

Awards and Mentions 
2020
Finalist. Menorca Doc Fest / Spain
Finalist for exhibition, Photo Art Festival. / Spain
Shortlisted. Direct Look Fotodoc Contest /Rusia
Selected member Futures Projects Festival . Nominated by Photo Romania Fest. / Netherlands.
Honorable Mention. The Washington Post Open Call for photographers / USA

2019
Nominee. 6x6 Global Talent Europe World Press Photo/ France.
Nominee in Story. Photography Grant Magazine.Usa
Finalist. Festival della Fotografia Etica Spot Light, category. / Italy.
WinnerHelsinki Photo Festival / Finland.
Finalist. OnSoria Photo / Documentary project. /Spain.
Finalist. Grant Photon-Festival ./ Documentary project. /Spain.
Winner. The Washington Post Open Call for photographers./ USA

2018
Winner. Gollut Festival. Social cinema and photojournalism. ( Spain)
Winner. Santander-Photo Festival.  Multimedia contest( Spain )
Third Place. International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY). Open Category Photojournalism / Story.( USA )

2017
Finalist. Dofoto Slovakia Documentary Contest Documentary project. Slovakia
Finalist.  Urban Festival Trieste Contest.  Italy
Finalist. Photon Festival Documentary Contest.  Spain
Selected. Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards  ( Georgia ).  Documentary Project.
Third Place. International Photographer of the Year ( IPOTY)  Open Category Photojournalism / Story. Usa
Double  Honorable  Mention.  Monochrome Awards . International Black and White Photography Contest Photojournalism UK.

2016
Honorable Mention.  TIFA. Tokyo International Foto Awards in Editorial-Photo Essay. Japan.
Nominee  in Story  Photography Grant Magazine . Usa
Second Place.  IPA . International Photography Awards . ( USA ). Editorial, Photo Essay and Feature Story.
Honorable Mention in People – Life Style. MIFA. Moscow International Foto Awards . (Rusia ) 
Selected. Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards 2016. ( Georgia ) Documentary and reportage.

2015
Winner. XV Scholarship  Photography and Journalism, “ Santa Maria de Albarracín”.  (Spain).    

Exhibitions
2020  Futures Festival .Virtual exhibition. Netherlands
2019 Helsinki Photo Festival   “Anarchy”. Collective exposition. Finland.
2019 Capital Animal Villena. Casa de la Cultura, KAKV,  Alicante . Spain
2018  Alicante Capital Animal. Spain
2017 l’Association Nationale des Iconographes (ANI). Collective exhibition. Visa pour l´image. Perpignan.France.  



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