Joel Santos was born in 1978, Lisbon, Portugal. He’s former economist which became a journalist, working as a professional travel photographer and videographer since 2003.
Winner of national and international photography awards, namely the prestigious Travel Photographer Of The Year, in 2016, and VISÃO/BES (WPP standards and juri), in 2005.
Published more than a hundred articles and chronicles in the national and international press, including National Geographic (USA), Geo, The Guardian, The Times, Daily Mail, Courrier, Wired, The Sun, among others. His photographs are used frequently by international brands, namely Canon, IKEA, Microsoft, ABC Studios, Samsung, DJI, among others.
Producer of original documentaries about Ethiopia, Mongolia, Guatemala, Mexico, Ghana, Iceland, Norway, Costa Rica and Portugal, pioneering with aerial images, broadcasted in Portugal and the UK, together with other online media channels. Filmed, directed and produced, in partnership with Magali Tarouca, 43 episodes of the TV series “VISÃO de Portugal” and 12 episodes of the documentary series “Mundo à Vista”, broadcasted by SIC/SIC Notícias channels and published in VISÃO and Courrier Internacional magazines.
Author of best-seller books, namely "FOTOgrafia” (9th edition); “FOTOPortugal” (2nd edition, co-author with Magali Tarouca) "FOTOcomposição” (2nd edition), “FOTOpad” (4th Edition), "FOTOedição” (3rd Edition) and “ÍNDIA – The Color of Contrast”. Editor in Chief of “O Mundo da Fotografia Digital” (2007 to 2010) magazine, and regular contributor of VISÃO magazine.
As an economist, he was a professor at the University of Economics in Timor-Leste (2004 to 2006) and a researcher at ISEG - Lisbon School of Economics & Management (2003, during his master’s degree in Economics and Management of Science and Technology).