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Hector Guerrero

Mentor Program

Hector Guerrero


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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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    VII will be accepting applications for the Mentor Program from February 8 through March 10, 2018. 

    The VII Mentor Program is the first mentor program of its kind and has developed some of the brightest new talent in the profession since it began in 2008. The program seeks to provide professional development for photographers whom the Members consider to be emerging new talents in the industry. For two years, each selected photographer will work with a senior member of VII to build and polish necessary skills and to expand his or her own professional practice. VII Photo Agency will distribute the photographers work for the duration of the Mentor program.

    The photographers selected for the VII Mentor program are selected by the VII Member photographers. Photographers who join this program will work with one of the VII Member photographers for two years.

    Apply now

    Check out recent publications, news, events and more in VII’s December 2017 newsletter.

    VII Agency 2017 Year in Review

    These photographs represent fragments of personal projects that some of the photographers of VII are working on or assignments that they received in 2017. It is neither a definitive look at the year, or of VII, but a window into the world we have had the privilege to photograph this past year.

    We asked Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter followers to submit questions about fake news as it relates to photojournalism for the next installment of 7 with VII where VII photographers answer your seven questions.

    Click here for the answers from VII members Anush Babajanyan, Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, Ilvy Njiokiktjien, Nichole Sobecki and John Stanmeyer, and VII Mentor Program photographer Arnau Bach.

    Photo from Kissing Death by Ali Arkady

    This weekend, Ali Arkady of the VII Mentor Program won the Prix Bayeux-Calvados Award for his project “Kissing Death.”

    About “Kissing Death”: What began for Arkady as a positive story about Shia and Sunni Iraqi soldiers fighting on the same side against a mutual enemy, turned into a horrific journey that included torture, rape, killing and thieving of innocent Iraqi civilians by the ERD.

    Take a look at the project here.

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    • Zackary Canepari
    • Jessica Dimmock
    • Linda Bournane Engelberth
    • Danny Wilcox Frazier
    • Ziyah Gafic
    • Ashley Gilbertson
    • Ron Haviv
    • Ed Kashi
    • Maciek Nabrdalik
    • Ilvy Njiokiktjien
    • Carlos Javier Ortiz
    • Ruddy Roye
    • Nichole Sobecki
    • Tomas Van Houtryve


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    • Philip Blenkinsop
    • Stefano De Luigi
    • Gary Knight
    • Antonin Kratochvil
    • Joachim Ladefoged
    • Paul Lowe
    • Christopher Morris
    • Seamus Murphy
    • Franco Pagetti
    • Daniel Schwartz
    • Maggie Steber
    • John Stanmeyer
    • Sara Terry
    • The Estate of Alexandra Boulat

    Mentor Program

    • Ali Arkady
    • Leonardo Carrato
    • Sharon Castellanos
    • Fabiola Ferrero
    • Hector Guerrero
    • Christopher Lee
    • Esther Ruth Mbabazi
    • Valentina Sinis
    • Line Ørnes Søndergaard
    • Mathias Svold
    • Furkan Temir


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