Category: Hector Guerrero

joop swart masterclass nominees

The World Press Photo Foundation has announced the 196 nominees for the Joop Swart Masterclass, from which the 12 participants will be selected. Included amongst the finalists are Mary Gelman, VII Photo Agency member, and Mentor Program photographers Swarat GhoshHector GuerreroChristopher LeeEsther Ruth MbabaziPrin Rodriguez, and Valentina Sinis.

“Postcards of a Lost Border”

On a recent assignment for El País, Hector Guerrero of the VII Mentor Program captured the journey through the “lost border in the jungle.”

“It has been ignored for decades. The strip of land that connects Mexico with Central America does not have the photogenicity of a wall, nor the legend that the cinema and the American media have given to the Rio Grande or the deserts of Arizona. It has been treated as a Latin American border more: messy, wild, porous and silent. But it is the dividing line that more people cross each day on the American continent; One of the busiest in the world.” 

Hector Guerrero

Mentor Program

Hector Guerrero


Stories / Films / Archive


Mexico City, Mexico



Hector Guerrero is an independent photojournalist and filmmaker based in Mexico City. His work primarily focuses on human rights, the environment, the humanitarian crisis, missing persons, and in recent years, violence in Mexico and the wars between organized crime gangs.

Hector received a grant from the Inter-American Press Association to carry out a documentary project and participate in the advanced photojournalism master’s degree, where he worked under the mentorship of Maria Mann in 2003.

He was nominated for World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Masterclass 2012 and 2014 for the regions of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Grant of JPrize called “ Momento Cero” and Prize Report within the photojournalism festival Photofest 2014.

Hector was selected by The New York Times Portfolio Review and participated in “Descubrimientos” ( Discovers week) In Photo España Photography festival with his work “Travel Log” in 2017.

Hector is a graduate of the Eddie Adams Workshop 2017.

Hector was selected among the 60 best portfolios from young international photographers in the Lumix Festival Hanover in June 2018.

Hector collaborates as editor of multimedia content in the Spanish newspaper El Pais for his office in the Americas.

Hector is mentored by Ziyah Gafic.


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