Ana María Buitrón is a freelance photojournalist born in Quito, Ecuador.
Her work uses photography to witness social problems and encourage people –silenced by countless reasons– to raise their voices. She delves into the search of identity, gender issues and environment.
She also uses photography to let young people in very poor areas of Ecuador tell their deepest stories with new narratives through audiovisual workshops.
Ana María studied journalism and communications at the Catholic University of Ecuador in Quito. Later on, she completed a master’s degree in Audiovisual Communication from UCA in Buenos Aires. She has also taken numerous photography courses, including in the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art, SICA in Buenos Aires, Foundry Workshops in Guatemala and Bali and at the International Center of Photography in NYC.
As a freelance photographer, she is currently working primarily with NGO’s like Save the Children International, United Nations, Conservation International and private and public institutions.
In 2014, she launched @EverydayEcuador, an Instagram blogging and community page featuring Ecuadorian documentary photography of everyday life through the vision of professional and amateur photographers. With over 49k followers, the images presented on @EverydayEcuador have also been exhibited in numerous occasions worldwide.
Awards & Exhibitions
2019 Winner of CODS funds for journalism in Latin America
2019 Collective Exhibition, Residencia Existimos. La Paz, Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Sucre, Bolivia.
2019 Selected for 'Existimos Artistic Residence' on gender visual narratives. Sucre, Bolivia
2019 Nominee for the Joop Swart Masterclass World Press Photo. Amsterdam
2018 Honorable Mention for Foto-Album. Cuenca, Ecuador
2017 Winner of the Open National Call for Artistic Projects with the project 'Desatadas'. Ecuador
2017 Bronze Condor for Save the Children Project ‘Through my Eyes’. Condor Ecuador Awards
2016 Exhibition, @EverydayEcuador. FotoIstanbul, Turkey
2015 Exhibition, @EverydayEcuador. Quito, Ecuador
2013 Solo Exhibition, Free & Equal – United Nations. Quito, Ecuador
2018 Women in Latin America, Collective Photobook. México
2018 Patrimonios, Collective Photobook. Ecuador
2014 Ecuatorianos, Collective Photobook. Ecuador
2009 Luz Marginal, Procura Corpo Vago, Collective Photobook. MAM Sao Paulo, Brazil