Empowering local visual storytellers and connecting them to a global audience


This is Native

Laura Beltrán Villamizar – Co-Founder & Photo Editor-in-Chief
Laura is an independent photography editor and curator born in Bogotá, Colombia. Before founding Native, she worked as editor at World Press Photo, where she led educational programmes in Latin America and co-produced the yearly Joop Swart Masterclasses in Amsterdam. 

Prior to joining World Press Photo, she worked as associate photo editor for Revolve Magazine where she oversaw long-term features, international commissions for print and online, and curated the magazine’s emphasis on visual storytelling. Her life mission has always been to curate, promote and support the work of up-and-coming visual journalists. She’s a storyteller, but also a story-doer.

Federico Ríos – Co-Founder & Head of Storytellers
Federico is a Colombian documentary photographer focusing on social issues in Latin America. 
He has over 10 years experience as a photojournalist. His work is regularly featured in international media and publications. In 2012 he published the photo book, "The Path of the Condor," and in 2013 he published the book "Fiestas de San Pacho, Quibdo". 
He participated in the XXVII Eddie Adams Workshop. New York / 2014. Photography Violence and Society in Latin America. El Salvador / 2012. 
He is a member of the curatorial committee of @everydaymacondo Instagram projects.  

Adriana Roque – Contributor & Text Editor
Adriana is a philosopher born and located in Bogotá, Colombia. Her areas of interest are: contemporary political and social philosophy, aesthetics and conflict theory, from a critical and de-colonial perspective. She is deeply interested in pursuing inter-disciplinary, extra-academic, research and writing: to work within the gaps and intersections between disciplines. She has also worked in the cultural public sector of Bogotá, and has done editorial work. Beyond a “concept-thinker”, she hopes to materialise and put the concepts
at work in the world, as it is.

Emree Weaver – Content Manager

Laura Bogaerts – Press Officer 

Enjie Romero-Garcia – Community Manager