Wil Riera (b. 1982) is a freelance photojournalist based in Caracas, Venezuela. After eight years working as an engineer in Caracas, he discovered the world of photography in 2013, when he joined the photojournalism one-year program at The International Center of Photography in New York. He expanded his education in 2016, attending the Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX.
In 2014, he decided to move back to Venezuela. Since then, he's been working as a professional photographer for both local and international media outlets, covering the Venezuelan political and economic crisis. He has been covering news and features as a usual contributor for BBC Mundo, Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal, and as stringer for the The Associated Press. Also, his work on Venezuela has been featured in BBC, Stern Magazine, Al Jazeera, Vice Magazine, The New York Times, Time, Forbes, Washington Post, Folha do Sao Paulo (Brazil), among others.
Awards + Honors2016 Eddie Adams Workshop XXIX
2016 Latin America Fotografía 5 Winner
2015 WorldPress Photo Latin America Masterclass runner up
2015 POY-LATAM finalist
2015 Social Documentary Center Storyteller finalist
2014 New York Edited – Bonds and Borders Book. Berlin, Germany.
2014 ICP Anual Shift Book
2014 George and Joyce Moss scholarship
"Elective Affinities" at Rita K. Hilman Education Gallery. ICP. New York. From June to August 2014