Born in Münster, Federal Republic of Germany, 1973, Leonel de Castro has his roots firmly planted in Lavandeira de Ansiães, in the north-eastern Transmontano region of Portugal.
He graduated in Social Communication at the Escola Superior de Jornalismo do Porto, also completed a Photography course at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto and is currently a PhD student at the University of Minho.
Since 1996 he was connected to Jornal de Notícias until the creation of the Global Imagens Agency, in February 2010, at the service of which he photographs for Jornal de Notícias, Diário de Notícias, O Jogo, Notícias Magazine, Dinheiro Vivo, Volta ao Mundo, Evasões and Jornal de Notícias História. Numerous reports have taken him around the five continents.
He taught the Photojournalism module in the Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences – Information and Journalism at the University of Minho, the discipline of Reportage Photography at the Art School of Porto and the discipline of Photojournalism at the Portuguese Institute of Photography.