Omar Havana, 1975 Madrid, Spain.
Spanish Freelance Photojournalist. Based in Paris, France. Previously based in Asia. ( Nepal 2014-2015 and Cambodia 2008 - 2014 ; 2015-2017)
Omar has worked as a professional photojournalist since 2005, and since 2009, Omar's full time job has been photography and photojournalism, covering stories in Spain, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Tunisia, Egypt, The Netherlands, Nepal, Greece, France and Cambodia, the latter being the country where most of his stories have been shot since he moved to the country in 2008. While in Cambodia, he alternated his work as a photojournalist with working in commercial photography, counting clients such as JP Morgan-Chase, Exxon Mobil, and the Raffles Hotel chain.
Since 2012, Omar has been represented by several international agencies, including the French agency Wostok Press, the Spanish agency Cordon Press/Corbis Spain, SIPA Press in France and EPA in Thailand and by Getty Images since 2013 to 2017 as a stringer photographer. He is also a frequent contributor to The New York Times and Al Jazeera. His photos during the earthquake that hit Nepal in April 2015 have been published in thousands of publications around the world, including front pages in The New York Times and stories in TIME Magazine, National Geographic and Paris Match, among many others, and my work has been exhibited in the 2015 Visa Pour L’Image Festival and PhotoReporter Festival.
Omar's photographs have been published in international media, including National Geographic, Paris Match, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, BBC, Financial Times, ABC News Australia, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN and The Atlantic, amongst many other international media outlets. In 2015, some of his photos during the Nepal Earthquake were chosen among the best of the year by international magazines and media, such as The Atlantic and The Denver Post.
Since the beginning of his career, Omar has also focused on working with humanitarian organisations across the world, including UNICEF ROSA for whom he covered issues related to maternal and newborn health, and child labor in Nepal; ActionAid Greece for whom he covered the refugee crisis in Greece; International Medical Corps, with the aftermath of the earthquake in Nepal; Four Paws International, with animal rights; the International Labor Organizations with working conditions across Nepal; Heifer International with development projects in Vietnam and Cambodia; local organizations working in the area of education in Cambodia; WaterAid Nepal and the water crisis; and The International Planned Parenthood Federation, on sexual and reproductive health in the garment industry in Cambodia. He has also collaborated on personal projects with many other organizations, such as Médecins Sans Frontières, IOM, UNHCR, Handicap International, The Kantha Bopha Foundation, The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) and the Cambodian Centre for Human Rights. He has also contributed in humanitarian books, such as “Nepal, a vision for resilience” published by The World Health Organisation, and many of his photographs have been used by organisations such as Amnesty International for documenting their reports.
Omar published his first photography book in 2016, “Endurance” a tribute to the people of Nepal after the earthquake that hit the country, published by FotoEvidence.
2017 - Finalist Alfred Fried Photography Award. Austria
2016 – Honorable Mention. Books Category 2015. “Endurance”. Tokyo International Foto Awards 2015 TIFA
2016 – Honorable Mention. General News Category 2015. “When The Earth Shook Nepal”. Tokyo International Foto Awards 2015 TIFA
2016 - Second Place. General News Category 2015. "When The Earth Shook Nepal". International Photography Awards IPA
2016 - Honorable Mention. General News Category 2015. "Endurance". International Photography Awards IPA
2016 - Honorable Mention. General News Category 2015. "Endurance". Moscow International Foto Awards MIFA
2016 - Honorable Mention. Documentary Category 2015. "Endurance". international Photographer of the Year Award
2016 - Honorable Mention. Documentary Category 2015. "When the Earth Shook Nepal". international Photographer of the Year Award
2016 - Honorable Mention Contemporary Issues Story 2015. "Endurance". National Press Photographers Association NPPA
2016 - Second and Third Place, Best News Photography of the Year 2015. Getty Images APAC
2016 - Second place, Best News Portfolio of the Year 2015. Getty Images APAC
2015 - Second place, Best News Photographer of the Year 2014. Getty Images APAC
2015 - Second Place, Best News Portfolio of the Year 2014. Getty Images APAC
Festivals, Panels and Exhibitions:
2017: Bronx Documentary Center. New York (USA)
2017: Eyes on Main Street. Wilson (USA)
2017: Meta House. Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
2017: Kathmandu Triennal. Kathmandu (Nepal)
2017: Foreign Correspondents Club, Bangkok (Thailand)
2016: Angkor Photo Festival. Siem Reap (Cambodia)
2016: Museo Casa de Los Tiros. Granada (Spain)
2015: PhotoReporter Festival. Saint Brieuc (France)
2015: Visa Pour L’Image Festival. Perpignan (France)
2015: Conference Life and Death during the Nepal Earthquake. Saint Brieuc (France), Granada, Madrid (Spain)
2015: International Water Day. Kathmandu, Nepal. Organised by WaterAid Nepal
2014: Cambodia, The Year of the Change. Kathmandu, Nepal.
2012: 4 continents 4 change. Shoot4Change. Rome. Italy
2012: Faces. FCC Angkor, Siem Reap. Cambodia
2011: The Leap year Photographs. Huesca, Spain
2011: My first smile, Cambodia. Granada (Spain) and Sevilla (Spain)
2011: Conference in
Omar is available for both national and international assignments.