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Guillermo Arias

Guillermo Arias is a Mexican photojournalist based on Tijuana México.

Currently working as an independent photojournalist, he is a regular contributor for the Agence France Presse (AFP). Also, on recent years has colaborated with Politico, CNN, NPR, New York Times, ACLU, among others.


Member of Mexico`s Sistema Nacional de Creadores de Arte (SNCA) 2014-2017 and 2021-2024.


Started as a free-lance photojournalist on 1993, in Tepic, México. After working for  different local newspapers in Guadalajara and Tepic, he started working for the Associated Press as a contractor photographer from 2001 to 2011.  In 2011 he became a staff photographer at Xinhua News Agency Latin America bureau until 2016.

During his career has been honored with several recognitions including the Prix Visa d’or News for his work The Caravan Visa Poul lÌmage 2019; Istanbul Photo Awards 2019 first place in Story News; POY Latam 2019 first place in spot news singles; Prix Fundation Varenne Catégorie Internationale :  «Une caravane pour leldorado»; Honorable Mention at the World Press Photo 2010, Contemporary Issues; Honorable Mention on both Domestic News Picture Story and Domestic News Singles; 67th Pictures of the Year International, Excellence Award on Spot News; Photographers Giving Back award, 1st place on News Picture of the Year 2009; The Deadline Club New York City Chapter Spot News Photo 2009; Premio Nacional de Periodismo Cultural Fernando Benitez 2009 for the story “Los muertos de todos los días”, (every day dead), Honorable Mention at the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, on News Story with the story “Drug War”, 2009, Third place on the first POY Latin America, Spot News Single; Third place on the 17th Bayeux-Calvados Award for War Correspondents, with the work "Guerre contre la drogue"; First place on the second POY Latin America, Spot News Single, among others.

Took part of the program “Trainer of trainers 2012 - 2015” as a trainer, a joint program between Article XIX México and World Press Photo aiming to strengthen the knowledge and skills of visual journalists with regard to security issues, ethics and good practices in journalism. I have knowledge on security issues and first aid response acquired in the Hostile Environment and Emergency First Aid Training (HEFAT®) in 2009, and two times participant at the Taller para Periodistas en Zona de Riesgo held by Article XIX México and the Red Cross (2008-2011).


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