Current Location: Madrid, Spain.
Maysun (Spain, 1980) is a Spanish - Palestinian independent visual journalist based in Madrid, Spain and mainly focused in documentary and wire storytelling. The interest of learning and her desire to help people made her realise the necessity of documenting her surroundings.
Since 2005, she has covered conflicts, political and social crisis and environmental issues all around the world, including Europe, specially the Balkans, Southeast Asia, North and East Africa, Central America, but with special emphasis in the Middle East.
She has been working, as a freelance, for several NGO's and national/international News Agencies such as EPA, AFP, Corbis, or ACN (Spain). Her pictures have been published in the most important papers, magazines and blogs such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Lens Blog by NYT, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Focus magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, ABC News, NBC News, Al Jazeera, Die Welt, El Pais, El Mundo, CNN, Ojo de Pez Magazine, among others.
Member of Women Photograph, International Federation of Journalists (IJF), Foreign Correspondents’s Association of East Africa (FCAEA) Frontline Freelance Register (FFG), RISC Training Alum and TEDx Speaker.
Maysun combines her work as a documentary and wire photographer with painting, creative design, public speaking and teaching. She has also taken part as Director of Photography of “Llueven Vacas" (2017) a several award winning film by director Fran Arráez and screenwriter and author of the work Carlos B., together with consecrated actors as Eduardo Noriega, Maribel Verdú, María Barranco, Laia Marull, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Asier Etxeandía, Secun de la Rosa or Victor Clavijo, among others.
"I'm committed to my job as I consider it as a way to be engaged and consistent with my convictions and my ethics. Journalism is a way to be engaged with our world".
Awards and Grants
2018 II Women Photograph Workshop at Photoville. Grantee.
2018 The New York Times Portfolio Review .Grantee.
2018 Nominated for the 6x6 Talent Program by World Press Photo.
2017 “Enfoque” Prize. Special Category: Women Photojournalists. Winner.
2017 Photojournalism National Award (Spain). Finalist.
2015 Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA) Editorial: Conflict. Honorable Mention.
2015 IPA Awards. Editorial: War/Conflict First Prize. Winner.
2015 IPA Awards. Deeper Perspective. Honorable Mention.
2015 Photojournalism National Award (Spain). Honorable Mention.
2015 Juan Guerrero Photography Award. Winner.
2015 Applied Arts Photography and Illustration Awards. Photojournalism Story Category. Winner.
2015 4th Edition Prix Lucas Dolega. Finalist.
2014 Favoured daughter of the City of Zaragoza by the Zaragoza City Hall.
2014 IPA Awards. Deeper Perspective. Honorable Mention.
2013 Pulitzer Prize. Nominated by European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) for the coverage of Syria Civil War.
2013 Robert Capa Gold Medal. Nominated by European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) for the coverage of Syria Civil War.
2013 IPA Awards. Editorial: War/Conflict First Prize. Winner.
2013 IPA Awards. Deeper Perspective. Finalist.
2013 Marco Luchetta International Award. Finalist.
2013 Manuel Rivera Ortiz Grant. Finalist.
2013 PDN Photo Annual Award. Winner.
2013 2EME Edition Prix Lucas Dolega. Finalist.
2013 Reflexiva Award. Finalist.
2012 XVI International Prize of Humanitarian Photography Luis Valtueña. Finalist.
2011 PHE Ojo de Pez Human Values Award. Finalist.
2009 IPA Awards. Editorial: Photo Essay. Honorable Mention.
2009 Fotoactivate Awards by Inspiraction NGO and Vice Magazine. Winner.
2009 Enfoca Awards by Share Asociation 2009. Finalist.
2008 Foto-Nikon Award. Finalist.
2008 Fnac New Talent Award 2008. Finalist.
2008 XI International Photojournalism Award - City of Gijon. Finalist.
2008 XI International Photojournalism Grant - “City of Gijon”. Workshop Grantee.