Hannah Reyes Morales


"I believe Hannah has a passion for telling stories that not only come from deep inside her but that reflect the world around her. This is the first and most essential quality of a storyteller. She has begun to create a body of work that is deeply rooted in Filipino culture and captures the zeitgeist of the Philippines today. Beyond her own image making she is involved and concerned in the visual history and archives of the country and the discourse that can be created around these images and representations."

Erika Larsen, photographer, USA - 6x6 Global Talent Program nominator 

Based in Manila, Hannah Reyes Morales’ work takes a close look at how ‘normal’ lives are lived in the face of hardship. She is curious about the stories people tell themselves in the midst of adversity. This includes photographing human trafficking at sea, reporting on forced marriages, and documenting changing indigenous cultures in the Philippines.

Her work has been published in print and online in The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic (online), Al Jazeera America, The Guardian and Lonely Planet, and has been exhibited in Manila, Telluride, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Nanning, Suwon, and Chiang Mai.

She is part of MAPS, a collective effort proposing new ways and approaches of storytelling to address the world’s changing environment and societies. She is a GroundTruth Climate Change Fellow, and a National Geographic Grantee. She is a recipient of a SOPA award for excellence in digital reporting for her work in the Outlaw Ocean series for The New York Times.

See Hannah Reyes Morales' 'Shelter from the Storm' on Witness, World Press Photo's online magazine.

Hannah Reyes Morales also received nominations from Justyna Mielkowicz, Sarah Caron, Tina Ahrens, Ruth Eichhorn, and Eefje Ludwig. Find out about the 6x6 Global Talent program nomination process and our growing community of global nominators.




Hannah Reyes Morales