16 September 2016

Miguel Proença was born in Porto, in 1984. He is currently based in London. In 2018 he completed the MA in Documentary Photography at the University of South Wales, as a recipient of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation scholarship. He graduated in Audiovisual Communication Technology from the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (2011) and studied at Portuguese Institute of Photography (2009). His projects address contemporary subjects, focusing on identity along the peripheral landscape. His latest work examines the changing identity of the post-Soviet space across the Baltic States. He works on commissioned projects for a range of clients and regularly exhibits his work. In 2015 he co-founded COLECTIVO, an experimental research platform focused on storytelling.


2019 MACK First Book Award – Shortlisted
2018 British Journal of Photography, Fractured Stories – Shortlisted
2018 PhotogrVphy Grant – Nominee
2018 SOURCE Magazine Graduate Photography – Selected Graduate
2018 Photograd – Selected Graduate
2017 Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Scholarship
2017 Nomad Exploração + Manifesto Grant
2015 VSCO Artist Initiative Grant
2012 Estação Imagem: Prémio de Fotojornalismo, 1st Prize Daily Life
2009 FNAC Novos Talentos Fotografia – Honorable Mention


2019 MACK First Book Award, Photo London, London, UK
2019 Thin Line, Colectivo + Nomad, Galeria Manifesto, Matosinhos, Portugal
2018 Hiraeth, USW MA Documentary Photography, Truman Brewery, London, UK
2018 A Tension Span, USW MA Documentary Photography, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, UK
2018 RAVE, Projeto 18 DAI ESMAD, CPF, Porto, Portugal
2017 Common Thinking, Opening Milano PhotoWeek, Milan, Italy (Projection)
2016 The Thin Line, Outono Fotografico Photography Festival, Ourense, Spain
2015 Sala de Fiestas, Dehli Photo Festival, New Delhi, India (Projection)
2015 Contemporary Iberoamerican Photography, Hillyer Art Space, Washington DC, USA
2015 The Thin Line, Encontros da Imagem Photography Festival, Braga, Portugal
2014 Der Greif a Process, Neue Galerie im Höhmannhaus, Augsburg, Germany
2013 These Are Young People, Ena Rola Filma, Galerija Skrinja, Maribor, Slovenia
2013 From untamed to Sacred, Photographic Museum of Humanity (Online)
2012 Behind The Hill, Prémio Estação Imagem, Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal
2011 Behind The Hill, Projeto 11 DAI ESMAE, CPF, Porto, Portugal
2011 Los Agarradores, FNAC Novos Talentos, Florence, Italy
2011 Los Agarradores, FNAC Novos Talentos, Torino, Italy
2010 Los Agarradores, FNAC Novos Talentos, Cascais, Portugal
2009 Los Agarradores, FNAC Novos Talentos, Matosinhos, Portugal


British Journal of Photography, MACK First Book Award shortlist, February 2019
Source Photographic Review, The Buzzer, Issue 95, August 2018
Its Nice That: Behind the Hill, August 2018
British Journal of Photography, Fractured Stories: Meet the eight finalists, July 2018
British Journal of Photography, Fractured Stories: Five standout submissions, July 2018
NevoAzul x NOMAD: COLECTIVO “Thin Line”, June 2018
VSCO Artist Initiative: “Work in Progress – The Baltic States”, September 2016
CNN Travel “Life on the border of Spain and Portugal”, December 2015
Ain’t Bad Magazine: “Miguel Proença – Sala de Fiestas”, June 2015
FotoRoom: “Living with the Dead – Inside the Necropolis in Cairo”, January 2015
OjodePez Magazine #36: “Behind The Hill” Portfolio PhotoEspaña Descubrimientos, February 2014
Conscientious Photography Magazine “Behind The Hill” by Joerg Colberg, May 2012


2014 Bienal de Cerveira Foundation, Vila Nova de Cerveira, Portugal


2018 MA Documentary Photography, University of South Wales, Cardiff, UK
2011 BA Audiovisual Communication Technology, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
2009 Fd Photography, Portuguese Institute of Photography, Porto, Portugal


2011-2017 Photography Teacher, Portuguese Institute of Photography, Porto, Portugal
2015-2017 Documentary Workshop Tutor, Douro Museum, Régua, Portugal