Carlos Bernate / +1 (804)-397-0965 / carlosbernate14@gmail.com 

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Carlos Bernate is a non-binary Colombian documentary photographer whose work is focused on human rights, identity, and social humanitarian-related issues. Currently, They are dedicated to documenting their community in Richmond, Virginia, where they had been based since 2017.


In 2018, Bernate completed a degree in Photography & Film from the Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, Colombia. Their work has been published internationally in The New York Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, The Guardian, NPR, Internazionale, amongst others. Their stories have also been exhibited worldwide in Portugal, Argentina, Colombia, and USA. 


The stories that I attempt to represent are my desire to document, since they deal with themes related to human rights, Identity and social issues; this in order to exteriorize the bond and the empathy that I always try to establish with those who are photographed and in this way deliver a part of myself in each story seeking to understand and recognize my own story through others. —Carlos Bernate


Awards and Recognitions:



Accepted to the XXXII version of the Eddie Adams Workshop

Best in Show, Specialty Photography at Virginia Press Association Award, "Within These Walls", Published in Richmond Magazine. Richmond - USA (2019)

First Place, Picture Story or Essay at Virginia Press Association Award, "Within These Walls", Published in Richmond Magazine. Richmond - USA (2019)

Third Place, Combination-Picture-and-Story, at Virginia Press Association Award, "Within These Walls", Sarah King (Writer), Carlos Bernate (Photography), Justin Vaughan (Editor). Published in Richmond Magazine. Richmond - USA (2019)

Selected 7th annual New York Times Portfolio review, New York - USA  (2019)

Selected Blink Portfolio Review, New York - USA  (2018)

Selected Festival Errante & National Geographic Portfolio Review, Montevideo - Uruguay (2017)

  • Finalist 23° Latin American Documentary Photography Contest “Los Trabajos y los Días” in Medellín (2017).

  • Participant at RISC Training XIII (2017)

  • Selected/Winner “Festival INstantes” in Avintes, Portugal (2017).

  • Finalist at "Alto Contraste" Observatory of racial discrimination in Colombia (2016).

  • Selected Photo Patagonia “I International Festival of Analogue Photography and Alternative Processes” at Santa Cruz Cultural Complex in Río Gallegos, Argentina (2016).

Finalist 21° Latin American Documentary Photography Contest “Los Trabajos y los Días” in Medellín (2015).


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  • 23° Latin American Documentary Photography Contest “Los Trabajos y los Días” in Medellín (2017).

  • Festival INstantes, Had the series "Raúl Left To War; Such Pain, Such Shame", exhibited in Avintes, Portugal. Curated by Pereira Lopez (2017).

  • Fotoencuentro V Miradas y memorias sobre territorios, Exhibition and Discussion of my series "Home sweet gold", curated by Sandra Suarez at University Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá. (2016)

  • Photo Patagonia I International Festival of Analogue Photography and Alternative Processes, Had a photo from my series "Susurros" exhibited at Santa Cruz Cultural Complex in Río Gallegos, Argentina (2016).

  • Mujer Faltal 2016 at the Gilberto Alzate Avedaño Foundation in Bogotá together with a collective directed by the artist Matilde Guerrero and the support of the “Red Comunitaria Trans” in the Santa Fe neighborhood. (2015).

  • Narrativas Documentales Contemporáneas, Had the series "Popular Saints" exhibited at the University Jorge Tadeo Lozano in Bogotá, curated by Beatriz Munera and Ana Varela  (2015).

  • 21° Latin American Documentary Photography Contest “Los Trabajos y los Días” in Medellín (2015).

Audiovisual Documentary Showroom, “Un mundo de color bajo tierra”, during the XVII Mountain and Speleology Week in Bogotá (2014).



























Carlos Bernate

I'm a Colombian documentary photographer whose work is dedicated to my community. The stories that I attempt to represent are my desire to document, since they deal with themes related to human rights, Identity and social issues; this in order to exteriorize the bond and the empathy that I always try to establish with those who are photographed and in this way deliver a part of myself in each story seeking to understand and recognize my own story through others.
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