David Arribas (1978) is a freelance photographer based in Madrid, ( Spain ) .Interested in documentary reporting on sociocultural issues, he focuses his work within the country where he resides, claiming proximity issues as an object of study.

He began to study photography in a self-taught way in 2014, attending various courses and workshops seeking to find his own style within the world of photography. Over time, he acquired a personal visual language, fueled by his own experience and by conducting several master classes with authors of international renowned prestige from the Magnum or VU agencies.  He has published in media such as The Washington Post, Burn Magazine, Papel, Gara or FronteraD and his essays have been exhibited at the Head On Festival (Australia), Helsinki Photo Festival (Finland), Imaginaria Festival, Basquedok Fest, Barcelona International Photography Fest and Human Rights  (Spain) and Visa pour l´image for l'Association Nationale des Iconographes in Perpignan (France), among others. He has been selected by the Washington Post (2019-20)  Future Talents (2020) and nominated for 6x6 Global Talent Europe World Press Photo (2019).
In 2022 he self-published his first book about the punk movement, Ansia / Revolt. It was selected in several photobook festivals and sold out its first edition in less than a year.

Currently, he dedicates his work to giving visibility to topics considered taboo that, in some way, affect his personal life, seeking to generate a change in the social perception of them.

Awards and Mentions


Golden Medal ISF Afocer Biennial /. Spain


Selected by. BCN-DH Photo Festival / Spain
Finalist. Encontros da Imagem. Photobook prize / Portugal.
Finalist. Leon Es Photo / Spain


Finalist.On Photo Soria / Spain


Selected by. The Washington Post Open Call for photographers / USA
Selected by Photo Art Festival. / Spain
Selected by Futures Projects Festival . Nominated by Photo Romania Fest. / Netherlands.
Shortlisted. Direct Look Fotodoc Contest / Rusia
Finalist. Menorca Doc Fest / Spain


Selected by The Washington Post Open Call for photographers./ USA
Selected for Helsinki Photo Festival / Finland
Nominee. 6x6 Global Talent Europe World Press Photo /  France
Nominee. Photography Grant Magazine. / USA
Finalist. Festival della Fotografia Etica Spot Light, category. / Italy.
Finalist. On Photo Soria / Documentary project. / Spain.
Finalist. Grant Photon-Festival ./ Documentary project. /Spain.


Winner. Gollut Festival. Social cinema and photojournalism. / Spain
Winner. Santander-Photo Festival.  Multimedia contest. / Spain
Third Place. International Photographer of the Year (IPOTY). Photojournalism / Story. /USA.


Finalist. Dofoto Slovakia Documentary Contest / Slovakia
Finalist.  Urban Festival Trieste Contest. / Italy
Finalist. Photon Festival Documentary Contest.  / Spain
Nominee. Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards. / Georgia.
Third Place. International Photographer of the Year ( IPOTY)   Photojournalism / Story.  /USA.
Double  Honorable  Mention.  Monochrome Awards . Photojournalism. / UK.


Second Place. IPA . International Photography Awards .Editorial, Photo Essay and Feature Story. / USA
Honorable Mention.  TIFA. Tokyo International Photo Awards in Editorial-Photo Essay. /Japan.
Honorable Mention . MIFA. Moscow International Foto Awards . / Rusia
Nominee. Photography Grant Magazine . / USA
Nominee. Kolga Tbilisi Photo Awards  / Georgia


Winner. XV Scholarship  Photography and Journalism, “ Santa Maria de Albarracín”. / Spain.

david arribas Documentary Projects

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