Hannah Reyes Morales

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Manila, Philippines

Hannah Reyes Morales is a Filipina photojournalist from Manila, Philippines.

The focus of Morales’ work surrounds resiliency and the bonds between individuals.[1] Interested in how individuals face hardship, often her photographs will document the impoverished and observe the dignity of the poor despite the systemic inequality and injustice that is experienced.[1]

Morales was raised in Manila, Philippines with her mother and 12 relatives.[2] In high school, Morales tutored children in poor communities and gained valuable experience during that time.[2] Enrollment in a photography class while attending the University of the Philippines led to an internship at the European Pressphoto Agency and further exploration in photography.[2] It was at the University where Morales was introduced to photojournalism through one of her professors.[3]

Over her career, she has traveled through Asia to document the daily lives of individuals and families within struggling communities. Between 2013 - 2016, she lived in Cambodia where her work included documentation of Cambodian bride trades and forced marriages.[3] Thus far in her career, she has documented significant events including the anti-drug wars in the Philippines. When she first began photographing the effects, she documented the deaths that were occurring regularly. Her focus quickly shifted to the stories of the individuals and families in the neighborhoods where the deaths took place.[2] Her themes of resilience within community can also be seen in a variety of projects such as Shelter from the Storm, about women forced into the sex trade industry due to displacement by natural disasters.[3] Additional projects include Roots from Ashes, Eagle Hunters, and Seasons of Darkness.[4]

Morales is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2020, she was awarded the Infinity Award for Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism by the International Center of Photography.[5] She has also received the 2019 Tim Hetherington Visionary Award, The Royal Photographic Society Margaret Harker media for 100 Photographic Heroines, and the 2016 SOPA Award for Excellence in Digital Reporting.[5] In addition, she was previously awarded a grant from the National Geographic Society.[6]

Morales has worked with numerous newspapers, magazines, and projects. Her work has been shown in The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN Philippines, and the Atlantic.[7] Additionally, she since working as a National Geographic Explorer since 2017.[8] In 2020, she was named a cultural leader by the World Economic Forum.[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Sebastian, Nicole. "Talk: Hannah Reyes Morales (Online)". The Photographers' Gallery. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Estrin, James (March 6, 2018). "Finding Tenderness in Communities Affected by Manila's Anti-Drug War". The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Hannah Reyes Morales: Philippines". The British Journal of Photography. 165 (7872): 84–87. June 1, 2018.
  4. Kingston, Demelza. "Hannah Reyes Morales". Hundred Heroines. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Jaucian, Don (May 20, 2020). "Filipino Photographer Hannah Reyes Morales wins Prestigious Photojournalism Prize". CNN Philippines. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  6. "Explorer Profile: Hannah Reyes Morales". National Geographic. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  7. Sebastian, Nicola. "Talk: Hannah Reyes Morales (Online)". The Photographers' Journal. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  8. Morales, Hannah. "It was such a Revelation Seeing this Pandemic Play out". National Geographic. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  9. "2020 Infinity Award: Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism - Hannah Reyes Morales". ICP. Retrieved May 4, 2021.

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