About Omar Havana
Omar Havana was born in Spain in 1975.
He is an award-winning photojournalist based in Paris, France, and since 2008 until 2017 he had been living in Asia. He moved to Nepal in October 2014 where he had been covering a wide spectrum of stories, mostly focused on the human dramas, achievements and fight to improve the situation of the country.
Omar was living in Katmandu on April 25th 2015 when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake turned many parts of the country to rubble. His work from the immediate aftermath of the earthquake was published more than 1000 times around the world. He followed the story long after media interest waned, taking trips around the country to document both the destruction and the recovery as a testimony to the endurance of the Nepali people.
His photos during the earthquake were published by dozens of the most important publications around the world, including front pages in The New York Times. Some of his photos during the earthquake have been chosen among the best of the year by international media such as The Atlantic and his agency Getty Images, receiving several international awards for his work in Nepal.
"As a photographer, Omar is of a rare breed: everything he photographs is, in its moment, the most important thing he has ever captured. He cares deeply about his subjects and has the ability to connect with people on a very real, intimate level, making his subjects feel comfortable and at ease with him. This in turn allows him to make photographs that are honest and powerful depictions of what is going on. These strengths have distinguished him as a photographer and secured him great success, during what are trying times for the industry."
Gareth Bright, Freelance South African Photojournalist
FotoEvidence was founded in 2010 to continue the tradition of using photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on sovereignty or human dignity wherever they may occur.
FotoEvidence’s mission is to support documentary photographers working on long-term projects and publish work that addresses human rights and social justice.
Every year, an international jury grants the FotoEvidence Book Award to one photographer whose project demonstrates courage and commitment in the pursuit of human rights and social justice. The selected project is published in a high quality, hardbound book. The winner and four finalists are exhibited in New York each Fall at the time of the release of the book.