Joan de la Malla (Barcelona, 1982) is a freelance photographer focused in nature, local communities and the environment. At present he is devoting his efforts to conservation topics by working with national and international entities helping to raise awareness of the vital work being undertaken to safeguard the future of endangered species and their habitats.
He has worked for several organisations and for media at both national and international level and his photographs illustrate a vast number of books and magazines such as National Geographic, Geo, Mongabay, Conservation Letters or Lonely Planet amongst many others. His work has also been exposed worldwide in diverse individual and collective exhibitions. Currently he helps to spread the work of various organisations working on conservation, such as International Animal Rescue, Global Change and Conservation, Jakarta Animal Aid Network or Africa Conservation Centre among others. In recent years he has been in charge of documenting, commissioned by UNESCO, various biosphere reserves around the world.
His work has been awarded several times in prestigious international contests including, for instance, winner images and first prizes in the NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year, in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year, in Big Picture or in Montphoto.
Joan combines his professional activity with educational work. Nowadays he gives talks and conferences related to photography and its application to science and conservation in several centres and universities around the world.
Joan is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (an elite group of the world’s top wildlife, nature and culture photographers who, in addition to displaying remarkable photographic skills, have each demonstrated a deep commitment to conservation efforts around the globe).