Patrícia de Melo Moreira, a native of Lisbon, is a freelance photojournalist at Agence France-Presse (AFP) and has 18 years of experience in this profession.
It was by seeing Life magazine pages kept by her father that the passion for photography was born, and in particular by photojournalism. It was then that she decided to look for a professional photography course and it was at ETIC (Technical School of Image and Communication) that she studied photography and photojournalism.
After completing the professional documentary photography course, she spent three months on a professional internship through the Leonardo da Vinci scholarship in Italy.
When returning to Portugal, she began working as a freelancer for some weekly magazines and developing some projects in partnership with journalists. From this partnerships, some collaborations were possible like the NS “Notícias Sábado” and “Notícias Magazine” magazines of the Diário de Notícias newspaper and later also for the “Pública” magazine of the newspaper Público.
The first collaboration with the international news agency Agence France-Presse was in 2009 and continues until today. Over the past few years, her work has been published in newspapers and magazines such as The New York Times, International New York Times, The Guardian, El Pais, Le Monde, Liberation, L’Obs.
Her work on the Portuguese Crisis was honoured at the Prémio Estação Imagem Mora in 2013 with 3rd prize in the category of Contemporary Issues and recently (April 21st, 2018) was distinguished with the main prize of Estação Imagem in Coimbra with the work “Verão Negro” about the wildfires of 2017, being the first woman to win this prize.