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 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 and sports. Currently, I am combining my work as a photographer covering East Africa for AFP, Bloomberg and some others while developing my own photojournalism projects with a focus on sociology, identity and resilience. I speak Spanish and English fluently plus currently learning Kiswahili.
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, Der Spiegel, Die Welt, Internazionale, Monocle Magazine, El País, El Mundo or La Vanguardia among others.
2018. The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Award 2018. Top News Story. 1st Place.
2018. The Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Award 2018. Sports Picture Story. 3rd Place
2018. Selected for the 6th New York Times Portfolio Review.
2017. XXX Eddie Adams Workshop. Alumni.
2017. Event Photographer of the Year 2017. Event Photography Awards.
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.