Ana María Buitrón is a freelance photojournalist born in Quito, Ecuador.
Her work uses photography to witness social problems and encourage people –silenced by countless reasons– to raise their voices. She delves into the search of identity, gender issues and environment. She also uses photography to let young people in very poor areas of Ecuador tell their deepest stories with new narratives through audiovisual workshops.
Ana María studied journalism and communications at the Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito. Later on, she completed a master’s degree in Audiovisual Communication from UCA in Buenos Aires. She has also taken numerous photography courses, including in the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, SICA in Buenos Aires, Foundry Workshops in Guatemala and Bali and at the International Center of Photography in NYC.
As a freelance photographer, she is currently working primarily with NGO’s like Save the Children International, United Nations, Conservation International and private and public institutions.
In 2014, she launched @EverydayEcuador, an Instagram blogging and community page featuring Ecuadorian documentary photography of everyday life through the vision of professional and amateur photographers. With over 49k followers, the images presented on @EverydayEcuador have also been exhibited in numerous occasions worldwide.
Awards & Exhibitions 2019 Award recipient at Eddie Adams Workshop 2019 Selected for Eddie Adams Workshop XXXII NY 2019 Winner of CODS funds for journalism in Latin America 2019 Collective Exhibition, Residencia Existimos. La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Sucre, Bolivia. 2019 Selected for 'Existimos Artistic Residence' on gender visual narratives. Sucre, Bolivia 2019 Nominee for the Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo. Amsterdam 2018 Honorable Mention for Foto-Album. Cuenca, Ecuador 2017 Winner of the Open National Call for Artistic Projects with the project 'Desatadas'. Ecuador 2017 Bronze Condor for Save the Children Project ‘Through my Eyes’. Condor Ecuador Awards 2016 Exhibition, @EverydayEcuador. FotoIstanbul, Turkey 2015 Exhibition, @EverydayEcuador. Quito, Ecuador 2013 Solo Exhibition, Free & Equal – United Nations. Quito, Ecuador
Publications 2018 Women in Latin America, Collective Photobook. México 2018 Patrimonios, Collective Photobook. Ecuador 2014 Ecuatorianos, Collective Photobook. Ecuador 2009 Luz Marginal, Procura Corpo Vago, Collective Photobook. MAM Sao Paulo, Brazil