Born in 1982, Mauricio Morales Duarte is a Colombian photo video journalist and a producer with a major degree in Audio Visual Media from Politécnico University of Bogotá. He attended the RISC training in 2014. Has been a fellow in RNTC in Holland for Video and Narrative Journalism workshops in 2015 and 2016. He attended the Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones course in the Dart Center in Columbia Journalism School in 2017. He was selected for the Thomson Reuters Foundation to attend the Uncovering Security Program and awarded a grant to develop reports on environmental conflicts in Colombia in 2018. He is a Logan Non-Fiction fellow in the Carey Institute in 2019. He was nominated twice for the Joop Swart Masterclass of the World Press Photo in 2009 and 2010 and selected for The New York Times Portfolio Review in 2013, a participant to The Eddie Adams Workshop in 2015.
He began his career as a staff photographer for a regional newspaper in Colombia in 2007. He later became a freelance photographer collaborating with NGO’s and Colombian media outlets. Since 2012 he has been covering events in Middle East, in Syria, Turkey, Gaza, Libya, Lebanon and Iraq. He continues to cover environmental and conflict issues in Colombia and other Latin-American countries. He has worked as a stringer for the international news agencies, AFP, EPA, Polaris and Sipa Press USA. He has worked as field producer and researcher for ARTE TV, Discovery Channel and Galileo.
His work has been featured in major media such as The New York Times, Time Lightbox, TV5Monde, LA Times, France 24 and The Guardian, among others. He collaborates with Al Jazeera English, Univision, NBC News, Der Spiegel, Vice News, Rolling Stones Colombia, Caracol Noticias, Semana, El Espectador.
He has worked for NGOs, Christian Aid, Aldeas Infantiles SOS Colombia, Environmental Investigation Agency.
Colombia’s Universities as, Sabana University, Sergio Arboleda University, Politécnico Grancolombiano, La Salle College and Nikon School Colombia have invited him to talk about freelance reporting in conflict zones.