Lena Mucha (b. 1983) is a german photographer based in Berlin.
After graduating with a Master of Social Anthropology and Political Sciences from the University of Cologne in 2011, Lena started photography whilst working in Colombia with different NGOs. Her work focuses on stories related to human rights, gender aspects and social changes within societies and ethnic groups that are mainly under-reported.
Lena studied photography and visual storytelling with different photographers and curators (David Alan Harvey, Patrick Zachmann, Silvia Omedes, Cristina de Middle, Max Pinckers and Samuel Aranda amongst others).
She works for clientes such as Doctors without Borders and Peace Brigades International. Her work is published in international media like Washington Post, Spiegel, Spiegel Digital, UNI Spiegel, GEO, Stern, Nido Stern, El Pais, British Journal of Photography, BURN Magazine, LFI Leica Magazine, 6 mois, Huffington Post, Lensculture, Zenith, Neues Deutschland, Private Magazine - International Review of Photographs, emerge – German Magazine for photojournalism, UNFPA - United Nations Population Fund, CNRR - Colombian National Commission for Reconciliation and Reparation, WIEGO - Women in informal employment, IDWFED amongst others and exhibited internationally.
Available for assignments.
AWARDS and scholarships
Fellowship for Reporting trip to Congo, IWMF - International Women Media Foundation
Selected for NOOR Masterclass, Berlin
Scholarship "PIC Förderpreis", Germany
Nominated for the UNICEF Photo of the Year Award 2016
Scholarship for Magnum photographer David Alan Harveys workshop, New York
Scholarship for Magnum photographer Patricks Zachmanns workshop, Krakow, Poland
Honorable Mention at International Photography Award Moscow MIFA 2016
Selected for „20 fotógrafos: Mexico 2016“, Tutor for collaborative photography Workshop, Mexico
Reporters in the Field Scholarship, Robert Bosch Foundation
Honorable Mention at International Photography Award Moscow MIFA 2015
Honorable Mention at Photo Annual Awards 2015, Czech Republic
Nominated for Unicef Photo of the year 2015, Germany
Finalist at Athens Photo Festival, Greece
Finalist for Alex Masi Workshop, Poland
Finalist at Los trabajos y los días, International Documentary Photography Contest, Colombia
Selected for „20 fotógrafos: Amazonas 2015“, Tutor for collaborative photography workshop, Colombia
Selected for Experimento Bio 2015, Spain
First Prize at International Photocontest Gender and Migration, Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos para la Educación, Iber-rutas. Buenos Aires. Argentine
Albarracin Seminar for Photojournalism Scholarship. Spain
Nominated for the Albarracin Seminar for Photojournalism Scholarship. Spain
Winner at 3. International Photography Contest Munich. Germany
Finalist at L. Fritz Gruber Photocontest University of Cologne. Germany
Single exhibition docfield 2016 - Festival for documentary photography, Barcelona
Collective exhibition at Landesvertretung Rheinland Pfalz, Freelens: Angekommen!? Fotografien zu Flucht und Ankunft in Deutschland, Berlin
Collective exhibition Salón Internacional Indígena Manuel Quintín Lame, Colombia
Collective exhibition at Photo Annual Awards 2015, Teplice, Czech Republic
Collective exhibition at Miradas de Latinoamerica, Sao Paulo, Brasil
Collective exhibition at Centro Cívico Guinardo, Barcelona, Spain.
Collective exhibition at Los trabajos y los días, Alpujara, Medellín, Colombia
Collective exhibition emerge Gallery, Berlin
Collective online-exhibition Lenscratch
Collective online-exhibition Don´t take pictures
Projection at Albarracin Seminar for photojournalism, Spain
Collective exhibition at Palacio Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentine
Collective exhibition at Miradas de Latinoamerica, Lima. Peru
Collective exhibition at Palacio de la Virreina, Barcelona. Spain
Collective exhibition at Fineart Igualada. Spain
Projection at Albarracin Seminar for Photojournalism, Spain
Collective exhibition at La Parada Gallery, Barcelona. Spain
Collective exhibition at 3. International Photography Contest. Munich. Germany
Collective exhibition at A.R.T.e.s Gallery. Cologne. Germany
Single exhibition at GIZ (German agency for international cooperation) Bonn. Germany