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Javier Corso (1989) is a photographer, founder and director at OAK STORIES and National Geographic Explorer. His photographic work originates from the need to communicate about aspects of the human condition through means of local, smaller-scale stories.

He began working as a documentary photographer in 2011, publishing in media like National Geographic, Al Jazeera, TIME Lightbox, GEO magazine, VICE, PAPEL (El Mundo), El País, 7K magazine or Revista 5W. Among the cultural centers that have hosted and exhibited his projects, the following stand out; The Cervantes Institute in New York, the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, Circulo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), Palau Robert (Barcelona) and the International PHOTON Festival (Valencia). His work is part of the traveling exhibition "Creadores de Conciencia" curated by Juan Manuel Castro Prieto and Chema Conesa, which compiles the work of 40 authors under the topic "committed photographers".

His documentary work has been recognized by BANFF Mountain Photo Essay Competition, the International PHOTON Festival, Px3 - Prix de la Photographie Paris, Moscow International Foto Awards, International Photography Awards and as a finalist of other contests such DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards, the World Reporter Award, the Contemporary African Photography Prize, the Siena International Photography Awards, the Balkan Photo Awards and the LUMIX Festival among others.

In 2018 he was nominated for the World Press Photo 6x6 Global Talent Program and his project MATAGI received the National Geographic Society Early Career Grant. In 2020 he was selected to be part of National Geographic Leadership Program. 

Now a days he heads OAK STORIES, a production company composed by storytellers specialized in the development of documentary projects carried out by multidisciplinary teams. Since 2019, OAK works as a creative agency and production company for National Geographic Partners (Spain) and other companies & organizations such as United Nations.

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Founder & CEO since 2016


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Brand Ambassador since 2017

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National Geographic Society

Explorer since 2018

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National Geographic Partners

Creative Advisor & Storyteller
since 2019


2019 · "D.OAK magazine nº03", Director & Designer (300 u.)
2019 · "Línea de Fuga", Photographer & Designer (200 u.)
2018 · "D.OAK magazine nº02", Director & Designer (350 u.)
2017 · "D.OAK magazine nº01", Director & Designer (300 u.)
2015 · "Fi Su", Photographer & Designer (200 u.)


· Winner BANFF Mountain Photo Essay
· Selected FUTURES European Photography

· Winner National Geographic Early Career Explorer Grant
· Selected Rencontres Photographiques Albert-Kahn
· Winner III Crisálida Signo Editores
· Silver Medal Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3)
· Finalist DAYS JAPAN International Photojournalism Awards, Tokio
· Selected LUMIX Festival for Young Photojournalism, Hannover
· Honorable Mention International Photography Awards (IPA)

· Finalist Photogrvphy Grant, 3rd Edition
· Finalist World Report Award (WRA), Festival della Fotografia Etica, Lodi
· Finalist Direct Look Photography Awards, Moscow
· Finalist Prize for Contemporary African Photography (CAP)
· Finalist Siena International Photography Awards (SIPA)
· Best Photostories Balkan Photo Awards, Balkan Photo Festival
· Winner Grant Joan Cabanas-Alibau, Qgat Foto

· Honorable Mentions (2), International Photography Awards (IPA)
· Finalist European Photographer Award, Festival della Fotografia Etica (WRA)
· Bronze Medal Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3)
· Winner CLIC'16 Shortfilm, Diomira & Generalitat de Catalunya

· Jessica Lum Award for excellence in photojournalism, Morpholio
· Emerging Talent Jury Winner EyeTime 2015, Morpholio
· Nominee in 10th Spider Black&White Awards
· 3th Prize Photo Essay, Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA)
· Honorable Mentions (3) , International Photography Awards (IPA)
· Selected PHOTO BOOK Exhibition, Guatephoto Festival
· Selected EI Awards, Encontros da Imagem Braga
· Finalist DOC.Field Documentary Photography Dummy Awards
· Selected PHOTO BOOK WEEK, Editorial La Fábrica
· Winner PHOTON Novel Author Grant, International PHOTON Festival
· Selected Itinerarios Fotográfcios PA-TA-TA Festival
· Photo Romania Grant for Young Photographers, Photo Romania Festival
· Selected Descubrimientos Photo España, Festival Internacional PhotoEspaña
· Best 50th photographers BIPA AWARDS 2015, Valid Foto Gallery
· Winner project EMERGENCIAS 2015 Emerging Aritist, Centro Cultural de Noáin

· Emerging Talent Jury Winner EyeTime 2014, Morpholio
· Winner project Fòrum Fotogràfic Can Basté Grant, Espai Fotogràfic Can Basté
· Winner project CLIC'14 Grant, Diomira & Generalitat de Catalunya
· Finalist PHOTON Novel Author Grant, International PHOTON Festival
· Honor Award Popular Culture Photography Contest 2013, General Direction of Fine Arts (Spain)

· Finalist Florence-Shanghai Prize 2013, Present Art Festival
· First Prize III Tritón Multimedia Contest of Digital Photography, AFS
· Official selection VAIVÉN exhibition, Spain arts & culture

· Finalist LUX 2012 Awards, Professional Photographers Association of Spain (AFPE)


· Universidad de Sevilla, Sala CICUS (Sevilla)
· Museo Barjola (Gijón)


· Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid)
· La Lonja (Zaragoza)
· World Gallery BtheTravelBrand (Barcelona)
· Sala Riu (Sta. Coloma de Gramanet)

· Palau Robert (Barcelona)
· Festival IMAGIANARIA (Castellón)

· Festival DOCfield (Barcelona)
· Fundació Cabanas (St Cugat del Vallés)
· FineArt Igualada (Igualada)

· Photogenic Festival (Barcelona)
· Photo Romania Festival (Cluj Napoca)
· PHOTON festival (Valencia)
· La Nau Bostik, (Barcelona)
· Espacio ALUMBRE (Ciudad Real)
· Espai Fotogràfic Can Basté (Barcelona)

· Centro Cultural de Noáin (Navarra)
· Florida Museum of Photographic Arts (Tampa)
· VISA OFF Festival (Perpignan)
· Itinerarios Fotográficos PA-TA-TA Festival (Granada)

· Instituto Cervantes de Albuquerque (Nuevo Mèxico)
· XIII Fòrum Fotogràfic Can Basté (Barcelona)
· Fundación SETBA (Barcelona)
· VISA OFF Festival (Perpignan)
· XI Olot Photographic Biennial (Olot)
· XIX Strip Art exhibition of young artists (Barcelona)
· Ciudadela de Jaca Museum (Jaca)
· Instituto Cervantes de Nueva York (New York)

· International Festival FotoWeek DC (Washington D.C.)
· Traveling exhibition LUX'12 Awards (Spain)


2020 - 2021 · National Geographic Leadership Program
2019 · Sciencetelling Bootcamp for National Geographic Explorers, London
2016 · All at Once Visual Storytelling Workshop provided by VII Agency, Barcelona
2014 · Freelance Journalism in Conflict Zones provided by Mayte Carrasco, Madrid
2013 · Photo Editing A to Z Workshop provided by Elizabeth Krist (National Geographic), Washington D.C.
2013 · Lighting with Masters workshop provided by Kiko de la Rica (A.E.C). at ESCAC, Terrassa
2012 · IX War Correspondent Workshop for Journalists provided by Spanish Army, Madrid-Toledo
2012 · Cinematography Workshop (Digital & 35mm) at ESCAC, Terrassa
2011 · Essay in Conflict Areas course provided by Sergi Reboredo at IEFC, Barcelona
2011 · World Press Photo Winner Workshop provided by Walter Astrada at CCCB, Barcelona
2011 · MAGNUM Photos Workshop provided by Peter Van Agtmael at Al·liquindoi, Barcelona


2013 · Master of Fine Arts in Cinematography provided by Tomás Pladevall (A.E.C.) and Xavi Giménez at ESCAC, Terrassa
2011 - 2012 · Photoreporter course provided by Rafa Badia at RUIDO Formation, Barcelona
2010 - 2011 · Postgraduate Photojournalism at the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (UAB), Barcelona
2008 - 2011 · Photography Degree at Institute of Photographic Studies of Catalonia (IEFC), Barcelona

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