Lalo de Almeida


Lalo de Almeida (1970) is a photographer based in São Paulo, Brazil. Having studied photography at the Instituto Europeo di Design in Milan, Italy, he began working as a photojournalist for small agencies covering daily news. 

Upon returning to Brazil, he joined the newspaper Folha de São Paulo where he worked for 27 years while producing other documentary projects including The Man and the Land concerning traditional Brazilian populations and their relationship with the environment.

From 2010, de Almeida began producing short video documentaries and multimedia narratives creating a series of internationally awarded projects including A World of Walls, The Battle of Belo Monte and The Climate Crisis, among others.

In 2012, he won the XII Marc Ferrez Award from the National Arts Foundation to produce a project concerning the social impacts of the construction of the Belo Monte hydro-electric power plant in the Xingu river in Brazil. 

His essay on Zika virus victims was awarded in the 2017 World Press Photo Content and the video produced won first prize at POY Latam. 

Since 2020, he has been represented by Panos Pictures.

In 2021, de Almeida was a recipient of the Eugene Smith Fund Grant for his project Amazonian Dystopia and was awarded as the Ibero-American photographer of the year by POY Latam. 

World Press Photo Involvement: 
2022 World Press Photo Contest winner
2021 World Press Photo Contest winner
2017 World Press Photo Contest winner

Lalo de Almeida on Social Media:
Instagram: @lalodealmeida

Lalo de Almeida

Portrait credit: Eduardo Knapp