Kimberly dela Cruz


Kimberly dela Cruz is an independent photographer and journalist based in the Philippines. 

While studying journalism, she became a student activist and started carrying her camera during protests. She began her career as a photo correspondent for the Philippine Daily Inquirer in 2013 before transitioning to documentary photography and working for different publications. 

Dela Cruz started covering the war on drugs in the Philippines in 2016 and the following year, co-produced Si Kian, a children’s book on the murder of Kian Delos Santos that won a National Children’s Book Award. In 2018, she became a fellow for the International Women’s Media Foundation and was sent to cover migration, LGBTQI, and women’s issues in El Salvador. 

In 2021, she was awarded the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund for Humanistic Photography.

Dela Cruz’s work has appeared in various publications and exhibitions across the globe. She is currently represented by VII under the VII Mentor Program.

World Press Photo Involvement:
2023 World Press Photo Contest winner

Kimberly dela Cruz on Social Media: 
Instagram: @kimiisstellar

Kimberly dela Cruz

Portrait credit: Kimberly dela Cruz