I am a freelance photojournalist and journalist from Vila Real de Trás-os-Montes, Portugal, born in the glorious '80s. In 2017 I was named by TIME one of '34 Female Photographers to Follow'.  I'm also a 2021  National Geographic Society grantee, a member of Women Photograph and a recipient of the Kim Wall/IWMF Memorial Fund.

While working as a wire reporter in Jerusalem I began to shoot and visually document my written stories. Since then, my reporting has taken me from covering Portugal and Spain, amidst the European economic crisis, to the Middle East, reporting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on less visible aspects there, such as the African asylum seeking community in Israel. I also documented life in Kashmir on the 70th anniversary of the longest ongoing case of military rule over a civilian population. Other story topics such as the connection between conservative politics in Poland and air pollution as well as the origins and toll of a protracted human trafficking crisis in Nepal.

Back to Portugal and Europe, I'm seeking to examine my own society while continuing my overseas work.


Reuters, Al Jazeera English, The Guardian [UK], Newsweek [Japan], Foreign Affairs [US], El País [Spain], Courrier International [Portugal], Haaretz [Israel], Il Reportage [Italy], New Internationalist [UK], NRC [Netherlands], Aftenposten Innsikt [Norway], The Sydney Morning Herald [Australia], Woz [Switzerland], Profil [Austria], Informatìon [Denmark], The International Business Times, Bistandsaktuelt [Norway], RFI Radio France Internationale, LUSA Portuguese News Agency, Público [Portugal], among others.


— Recipient, National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists, 2021
— Guest talk, Colby College , 2020 [US]
— Group exhibition at The Cave Photography, 2020 Porto [Pt]
— Presentation, Kim Wall Memorial Seminar, 2019 Malmö [Se]
— Guest talks, IPF - Instituto Português de Fotografia and Fine Arts Faculty, Porto University, 2019 Porto [Pt]
— Grantee, IWMF Kim Wall Memorial Fund, 2019
— Jury, REFLEX - CAIS Photography Award, 2018 [Pt]
— Panellist, 'Women in Photography' at MIRA, 2018 Porto [Pt]
— Guest talks, Instituto de Produção Cultural e Imagem and Universidade Lusófona, Porto 2018 [Pt]
— Panellist, Georges Dussaud Photography Center - Plast&Cine Festival, 2018 Bragança [Pt]
— Group exhibition 'REGISTOS', Abade de Baçal Museum, Plast&Cine Festival, 2018 Bragança [Pt]
— Solo exhibition, 'THE SPACES BETWEEN US' at Espaço Mira, 2018 Porto [Pt]
— NY Portfolio Review - Participant, 2018 New York [US]
— TIME MAGAZINE, named one of '34 Female Photographers to Follow', 2017
— 'DARK CLOUDS', group exhibition - 'Poster', 2017 Lisbon [Pt]
— Guest talk, 'Changing Views - Documentary Perspectives on Human Rights'  at Sune Jonsson Center for Documentary Photography, 2017 Umeå [Se]
— 'BETWEEN WARS', projection at 'Festival Silêncio' , 2016 Lisbon [Pt]
— 'BREAKING THEIR SILENCE', projection at ‘Encontros da Imagem’ Photography Festival, 2015 Braga [Pt]
— 'BETWEEN WARS', projection and presentation curated by 'The GYM' collective at HaRiviera Gallery, 2015 Bat Yam [iL]


+ 351 917 483 033
Based in Porto, Portugal
Instagram: @violetasantosmoura 
Twitter: @viomoura

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