Documentary photographer Matilde Simas has dedicated herself to conveying truth through her images. Her work focuses heavily on the beauty of the human spirit and aims to show the dignity of every subject. Matilde’s travels have brought her around the world, where she examines the theme of human rights and attempts to capture – with the utmost respect and admiration – the resilience of human beings. 

Partnering with nonprofits, Matilde has traveled to over 40 countries, bearing witness to the human spirit’s enduring power. She is passionate about using photography as a medium for storytelling and social change and continues to learn about how it can support social change groups in demonstrating the impact of their projects. Matilde recently turned her lens to compelling human trafficking stories, documenting the recovery of trafficking survivors in the United States. 

Matilde has received numerous awards for her work, including the 2017 Lucie Foundation International Photography Award in the Social Cause category and the 2018 Tokyo Foto Award in the Book/People category. Her fine art prints are part of numerous private and corporate collections, including the African Union, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the International Organization for Migration (UN Migration). While her photos predominantly appear in humanitarian organization collateral, her images have also been featured in publications such as The Guardian, Black & White Magazine, and Professional Photographers Magazine. 

Matilde’s client roster includes, among others, Genesis Fund for Children (Boston), Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress (Boston), Foundation for Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico), Big Life Foundation (Kenya), and HAART Kenya (Kenya) Orangutan Information Center, (Indonesia). 

Simas is currently exhibiting in the Arts to End Slavery Exhibition in Nairobi, Kenya. Arts to End Slavery (A2ES) is an awareness raising art project that aims to bring attention to human trafficking in Kenya. It was developed and launched in 2015 by a Nairobi based NGO, Awareness Against Human Trafficking (HAART) The A2ES exhibition.

2018 Prix De La Photographie Paris Honorable Mention Portraiture/ Children

2018 Outstanding Excellence in Social Issues Docs Without Borders Film Festival 

2018 Outstanding Excellence in Social Issues Docs Without Borders Film Festival

2018 Best documentary Los Angeles Independent Film Festival Award

2018 Photographers Without Borders Depth of Field Award

2018 Official Selection DC Web Festival 

2018 Judge's Choice Award Human Trafficking Film Festival

2018 People's Choice Award Human Trafficking Film Festival

2018 Official Selection FEEDBACK Film Festival

2017 Tokyo International Foto Award Bronze Book/ People

2017 International Photography 2nd place Award Social Event

2017 Black and White Magazine Portfolio Award Winner

2017 14th Annual Smithsonian Photo Competition Finalist

2017 Social Documentary Network Spotlight Feature

2015  Black and White Magazine Portfolio Award Winner