ABOUT
David Arribas (1978) is a freelance photographer based in Madrid, ( Spain ) .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 international renowned prestige from the Magnum or Vu agencies.  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), Imaginaria Festival  (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

2022

Finalist. Encontros da Imagem. Photobook prize / Portugal.
Finalist. Leon Es Photo / Spain

2021

Finalist.On Photo Soria/ Spain

2020

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

2019

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

2018

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

2017

Finalist. Dofoto Slovakia Documentary Contest / Slovakia
Finalist.  Urban Festival Trieste Contest.  / Italy
Finalist. Photon Festival Documentary Contest.  / Spain
Nominee. Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards. / Georgia.
Third Place. International Photographer of the Year ( IPOTY)   Photojournalism / Story.  /USA.
Double  Honorable  Mention.  Monochrome Awards . Photojournalism. / UK.

2016

Second Place. IPA . International Photography Awards .Editorial, Photo Essay and Feature Story. / USA
Honorable Mention.  TIFA. Tokyo International Photo Awards in Editorial-Photo Essay. /Japan.
Honorable Mention . MIFA. Moscow International Foto Awards . / Rusia
Nominee. Photography Grant Magazine . / USA
Nominee. Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards  / Georgia

2015

Winner. XV Scholarship  Photography and Journalism, “ Santa Maria de Albarracín”. / Spain.
 

Exhibitions


2022  Basque Dok Festival. Spain (coming soon)
2022  We Are Photo Fest Huelva. Spain
2022  Teruel PuntoPhoto Fest Aragón. Spain
2022  Imaginaria Festival. Castellón. Spain
2021  PhotoArt  Festival Torrelavega. Cantabria, Spain  
2020  Futures Festival .Virtual exhibition. Netherland.
2019  Helsinki 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.  



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