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 for 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
2021 Finalist.On Photo Soria / Spain
2020 Finalist. Menorca Doc Fest / Spain Winner .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. Winner. Helsinki Photo Festival / Finland. Finalist.On Photo Soria / 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 Nominee. 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 Photo Awardsin 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 ) Nominee. Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards 2016. ( Georgia )Documentary and reportage.
2015 Winner. XVScholarship Photography and Journalism, “ Santa Maria de Albarracín”. (Spain).
2021 PhotoArt Festival Torrelavega. Cantabria, Spain 2020Futures Festival .Virtual exhibition. Netherlands 2019Helsinki Photo Festival “Anarchy”. Collective exposition. Finland. 2019 Capital Animal Villena. Casa de la Cultura, KAKV, Alicante . Spain 2018 Capital Animal Alicante. Spain 2017 l’Association Nationale des Iconographies (ANI). Collective exhibition. Visa pour l´image. Perpignan. France.