About Photographer:

Freelance doocumentary photographer based in Spain. Founder member of Bluephoto collective. Degree in photography and visual arts by Miguel Hernandez University. Her work is featured on international media like: CNN, GEO, Days Japan, El Mundo, La Nacion, Le Figaro, Ojo de Pez, Terra Mater, Interviu,... Her work has been exhibited in Portugal, Spain, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Argentina... Among her most remarkable awards, she won the National Photo journalism Prize Donana in 2013, Shortlisted at Sony WPO 2012 as well as Kolga and VISA Prix de la ANI awards 2014. 3 Honorable mention at IPA awards and winner of Fototraballo International grant 2011.

Entry description: The only existing monarchy in the entire American continent survives in full andes bolivianos. Don Julio Pinedo, King Afroboliviano, is a direct descendant of a former Congolese King, Bonifaz, come to America by error among the many slaves brought from Africa by the Spaniards in full colonial era. Crowned monarch of the community is recognized by the Bolivian Constitution and the United Nations. Those old haciendas and slavery coca fields today give home to 35,000 afrobolivianos in coexistence with the Aymara.They are descendants of those first black slaves, they respecte figure of their King while they struggle by continue to maintain their cultural identity.