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Ricardo Teles, Brazil

2012 Sony World Photography Awards - Winner, Sport, Professional Competition

2014 Sony World Photography Awards - Winner, Travel, Professional Competition


Ricardo Teles is a freelance photographer, born in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil. He has been working in Sao Paulo since 1994 as a photojournalist, who contributed to the Estado de Sao Paulo Group, agency and newspapers, from 1996 to 2000. His work has also been published in national and international magazines, such as Der Spiegel (Germany) and National Geographic Brazil, where he got three times the “Best Edit” prize owned by the best international report of the month (2013, 2015 and 2018).

As a member of the German agency Focus, he has covered several stories in Latin America.

Published books: “Saga–A Portrait of German Settlements in Brazil” (1998), which received the Martius Staden Award and the “Terras de Preto – stories of nine rural afro communities in Brazil” (2004), that received the Ayrton Senna Human Rights Prize of Journalism.

In 2014, the project “Road of Grains” received the Sony World Photography Award in the Travel category. In 2015, he received the 3rd prize in the Foods of the World category of the POY LATAM (Picture of the year Latin America). In 2016, the essay about the waters of Xingu Park was nominated to the Alfred Fried award and in 2018, where he received the prize “Bst Edit” Teles also received the Second Prize in the Artistic Merit category of the Sinchi Foundation (Netherlands) with an essay about the Xingu Indigenous National Park in Brazil.

The photographer’s work can be found in two of the main collections of Brazilian photography: the Pirelli-MASP and the Assis Chateubriand-MAM/SP, and his work has already been exhibited in museums and galleries in several Brazilan state capitals, in Africa, the United States and Europe.


Credits: Photography taken by Ale Ruaro


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