Photo by Kushal Kapoor

Photo by Kushal Kapoor

My name is Luis Tato. I am a Spanish-born stringer photojournalist currently based in Nairobi, Kenya.

I began my visual education studying different drawing and painting techniques. Furthermore, I received a degree in Audiovisual Communication. My career began as a photographer mainly covering the Spain’s Financial Crisis for print media, news agencies and several NGOs. Afterwards, I have been a regular contributor to the Spanish leading newspaper La Vanguardia covering daily news. Currently, I am combining my work as a stringer photographer covering East Africa with my own photojournalism projects since sociology and traveling are my passions. I speak Spanish and English fluently.

My work has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, USA Today, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Telegraph, National Geographic, Die WeltInternazionale, El País, El Mundo or La Vanguardia among others.


2018. NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism: Stills. International News Single. 2nd Place.

2018. Selected for the 6th New York Times Portfolio Review.

2017. ATL PJ 'Chris Hondros Memorial International News'. 3r Place.

2017. XXX Eddie Adams Workshop. Alumni.

2017. POY Latam 2017. Daily Life Singles. Honorable Mention.

2017. Event Photographer of the Year 2017. Event Photography Awards.

2017. POYi: 74th Pictures of the Year International. Science & Natural History. 3rd Place

2016. Winner. 'Mercabarna Enfoca' Photojournalism Contest 2016.

2016. The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Award 2016. Jury Honorable Mention.

2016. Commended Photographer. Sony World Photography Awards 2016.

2015. Collective Exhibition. IEFC. Visa pour l'Image. Perpignan, France.

2015. Commended Photographer. Sony World Photography Awards 2015.

2014. Winner. Photojournalism Grant by Generalitat de Catalunya. Spain.

2013. Runner-Up. Photojournalism Grant by Generalitat de Catalunya. Spain.