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Current location: Madrid, Spain.

Recently: India, Egypt, Ethiopia, Colombia and Mexico

Elena del Estal is a Spanish freelance photographer and journalist based in India from 2013 to 2018, where she has worked in different stories about health care, the eradication of polio in India in 2014-2015, and women´s rights.

Since 2015 she is focused in an in-depth photography project about bride trafficking in India: women and girls (many times minors) who are sold as brides, trafficked across India and forced to marry their buyers. 

Her photography work has been published in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, CNNPhotos, Narrative.ly, Revista 5W, El País and El Mundo among others. As a writer, she is a frequent contributor to El Confidencial and Público, Spanish Media.

She is a Women Photograph member. 

Currently she is working, along with journalist Victor M. Olazábal, in a long term project called “A Light in Darkness” about how blind and visually impaired women build new opportunities for them and others around the world.

Awards, Workshops, Recognitions


  • European Journalism Center´s IDR Grant for “ A Light in Darkness”, grantee.

  • 6x6 Global Talent Program for Europe, nominee.


  • Exhibition 30Under30/Women Photographers. The Popping Club. Rome, Italy.

  • World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, Nominee

  • 30 Under 30/Women Photographers Photoboite, Selected


  • VII Photo Agency Visual Storytelling Workshop. Barcelona, Spain. Student


  • Eddie Adams Workshop XVIII, Student.

  • World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass, Nominee