Elena del Estal



Spanish freelance photographer and journalist based in India. Graduate in Journalism by UCM (Spain) and studying photography in the meantime, she worked for a year as an intern in the photography department of Tiempo, Spanish weekly general news magazine. In 2013 she decided to move to India to pursuit a career as a freelancer. Since then she has worked in different stories about health care, the eradication of polio in India in 2014-2015, and women right´s violations.

Since 2015 she is focused in trafficking in an in-depth photography project called In the name of marriage that tries to document the trade of women for the purpose of forced marriage: women and girls (many times minors) who are sold as brides from some states to others in India.

As a writer, she is a frequent contributor to El Confidencial and Público, Spanish Media. Her photography work has been published in The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, CNNPhotos, Narrative.ly, Revista 5W, El País and El Mundo among others.

She was selected 30 Under 30: Women Photographers, Photo Boite in 2017. She attended the Eddie Adams Workshop XXVIII 2015 and was nominated for the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2015 and 2017.

She is a Women Photograph member.

Funded project

A Light in Darkness

This project aims to show real examples of visual impaired women around the world turning a disability into an extraordinary skill through music, education, empowerment and medical care