Joan de la Malla (Barcelona, 1982) is a freelance photographer focused in nature, local communities and the environment as well as a biologist, specialised in organisms and systems. At present he is devoting his efforts to conservation topics by working with national and international entities helping to raise awareness of the vital work being undertaken to safeguard the future of endangered species and their habitats.
He has worked for several organisations and for media at both national and international level and his photographs illustrate a vast number of books and magazines such as National Geographic, Geo, Mongabay, Conservation Letters or Lonely Planet amongst many others. His work has also been exposed worldwide in diverse individual and collective exhibitions. Currently he helps to spread the work of various organisations working on conservation, such as International Animal Rescue, Global Change and Conservation, Jakarta Animal Aid Network or Africa Conservation Centre among others. Likewise, he frequently collaborates with the scientific communication agency Incognita Agency in the realisation of his audiovisual projects.
His work has been awarded several times in prestigious international contests including, for instance, winner images and first prizes in the NHM Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2018), in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2018), in Big Picture (2018) or in Montphoto (2015 – 2018).
Joan combines his professional activity with educational work. He directed for 4 years a Postgraduate on Digital Photography (Postgrado de Fotografía Digital) at the Universitat Ramon Llull. Nowadays he gives talks and conferences related to photography and its application to science and conservation in several centres and universities around the world.