Danielle Villasana is an independent photojournalist whose documentary work focuses on women, identity, human rights, and health. She is currently based in Istanbul and contributes to Redux

Before attending college, Danielle traveled through more than thirty countries in Europe and West Africa, photographing along the way. After meeting a photojournalist in Ghana, she realized that photography combined with discovery, cross-cultural communication, and a desire to spread awareness about global issues equates to journalism. In Fall 2013, she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin as a double-major in Photojournalism and Spanish.

Danielle also strongly believes in giving back through photography, education, and community engagement. In 2014, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Peru, she founded Fotos por el Cambio, a yearly photography workshop that aims to empower communities and emerging photographers. In Spring 2016, she taught photography and multimedia at the American University of Nigeria as a traveling lecturer. That same year, she joined The Everyday Project's Community Team where she helps manage @EverydayEverywhere and writes, edits, and produces articles for Re-Picture.  

Ultimately, Danielle strives to live and work by the advice of her mentor Donna De Cesare: “You are a human being first and a journalist second.”

Awards, Workshops, Recognitions: 


The IWMF's Adelente Reporting Initiative - El Salvador, Co-Lead  
FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, Finalist 
The IWMF's Adelente Reporting Initiative - Honduras, Fellow 
Social Documentary Network's "Through a Woman's Lens," Honorable Mention 
World Press Photo's The 6x6 Global Talent Program, Nominator


World Press Photo's The 6x6 Global Talent Program, Nominator   
Getty Instagram Grant, Nominator   
Obscura Festival of Photography, Projection of "A Light Inside" (Malaysia) 
Photoville, Women Photograph's "Insider/Outsider" Group Exhibit (New York City) 
Foundry Photojournalism Workshop, Scholarship Recipient (Mexico City)
The IWMF's Adelente Reporting Initiative - Honduras, Finalist   
World Press Joop Swart Masterclass, Nominee 
Chris Hondros Fund Emerging Photojournalist Award, Nominee


DokFoto Festival, Speaker (Oslo, Norway)
Objectif's "Women in Photography" Exhibit, Co-sponsored with The Magnum Foundation (Singapore)
World Press Joop Swart Masterclass, Nominee
Chris Hondros Fund Emerging Photojournalist Award, Nominee


Magnum Foundation's Inge Morth Award, First Place
Pride Photo Award, Third Place: Open Category
International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention: Deeper Perspectives
Getty Images Reportage Emerging Talent, Selected
"Yo Tengo Derechos," Solo Exhibit with UNAIDS (Lima, Peru)
New York Times Portfolio Review, Selected 
World Press Photo Masterclass Latin America, Finalist


Eddie Adams Workshop, Student
El Comercio, Photography Internship (Lima, Peru)
Magnum Workshop, Assistant (Austin, TX)