Hannah Reyes Morales


Based in MANILA

Hannah is a Filipina photojournalist whose work focuses on individuals mired in complex situations created by inequality, poverty, and impunity. This includes photographing human trafficking at sea for The New York Times, reporting on war crimes against Cambodian women for Al Jazeera America, and documenting changing indigenous cultures in the Philippines for a grant from National Geographic.

Recently, through a grant from the GroundTruth Project, she documented the lives of displaced Filipina women who wound up in the sex trade after frequent typhoons. Her personal projects also follow a similar vein, and her ongoing work documents the intimate and complex lives of the domestic workers employed by her family members in the Philippines.

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Her work has been published in print and online in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time (online), National Geographic (online), The Guardian and Lonely Planet, and has been exhibited in Manila, Telluride, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Nanning, Suwon, and Chiang Mai. She is represented by National Geographic Creative, and is currently a GroundTruth Climate Change Fellow.

She is a recipient of a SOPA award for excellence in digital reporting for her work in the Outlaw Ocean series for The New York Times. Hannah is is currently based in Manila after living in Phnom Penh.

She travels frequently around South East Asia.

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Hannah Reyes Morales

Selected works

Manila Drug War

Manila Drug War

Hannah Reyes Morales

Rodrigo Duterte's Bloody War on Drugs Across the Philippines, dead bodies have turned up in communities—men with heads wrapped in packaging tape, blood covered bodies discovered inside shanty homes and on sidewalks, children gunned down with their parents inside their bed rooms. A majority of the thousands who have died have been urban shanty dwellers,…

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Shelter from the Storm

Shelter from the Storm

In the Philippines, displaced women and girls wind up in sex trade after typhoons ‘Shelter from the Storm’ examines how the displacement of Filipina women after frequent typhoons have made…

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