Alejandro Cegarra

Alejandro Cegarra was born in 1989, in Caracas, Venezuela, which is the city he still calls home. He began studying photography 4 years ago in the Roberto Mata Taller de Fortografia (Roberto Mata Photography Workshop), while at the same time studying Publicity at Alejandro de Humboldt University.

After working for a year at an advertising agency called Creative Army and only viewing photography as a hobby, he decided to pursue photography more fully. In 2012, he started filling in for other photographers at the largest newspaper in Venezuela, Ultimas Noticias. Simultaneously he worked for two other newspapers, Ciudad Caracas and 2001, returning as a full time employee of Ultimas Noticias in 2013. Since November of 2013, Alejandro has been working as a stringer for Associated Press.

In early 2014, he was selected to exhibit photography in the PhotoEspana Festival, and chosen by the Magnum Photo Agency as part of the 30 Under 30 contest. He won the Audience Award in that competition and his works were exhibited in Birmingham, UK.

His series ‘The Other Side of the Tower of David’ won 3rd place in the Sony World Photography Awards in the Contemporary Issues category and has since been exhibited at Somerset House in London. Finally, and most importantly, he has been selected as the winner of the Leica Oscar Barnack Newcomer Award for 2014, and the Ian Parry Scholarship 2014, the latter of which gains him a place on our Emerging Talent section of the Reportage site.