I’m Tomas Fernandez, a Chilean journalist and documentary photographer from Vina del Mar.
I graduated from the University of Playa Ancha in Valparaíso, Chile with a Bachelors in Journalism and studied a Master in Contemporary Photography at EFTI [International School of Photography and Film] in Madrid, Spain.
From 2009 -2015 I worked as a staff photographer for El Mercurio, the largest newspaper in Chile, after which I left to pursue further study in graduate school.
During my time working for El Mercurio I covered many major events in Chile. This included the aftermath of the major earthquake and tsunami in Chile in February, 2010; the violent riots that happened during the “student revolution” of 2011; the devastating series of wildfires in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017; the drought crisis caused by El Niño in the region of Valparaíso in 2015; Copa America 2015 and the UEFA Champions League in 2016 among other important events.
I have attended a Magnum Photos Masterclass in Rio de Janeiro in April of 2015, under the instruction of Thomas Dworzac.
In November of 2015, I attended a workshop lead by the Magnum photographer Matt Black at the Leica Fotografie International, in Hamburg, Germany.
Besides work made for media outlets, my personal work focuses on social, environmental and territorial issues.
I have been awarded Regional Photo of the year (2008), given by the Chilean National Press Association; Photo of the year (2012) given by the Chilean Photojournalism Association; and third place of Chile (2016) in the Sony World Photography Awards, among other shortlists
I received the the Acciona Grant given by the Escuela Sur and the Fine Arts Circle of Madrid, to study a Masters Degree in Arts (2016) and was selected and invited by Canon Spain to attend the portfolio reviews at Visa pour L´Image 2016.
Currently, I reside in Auckland, New Zealand.