Elisa Bernal (Barcelona, 1992). I am a Spanish photojournalist, documentary photographer and journalist. I have worked in Palestine, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Spain. Some of my work has been published at newspapers and magazines such as VICE, La Vanguardia, or Ekstra Bladet.
I became interested in Journalism and Photography at the age of 16, while I was working for a NGO in Nicaragua. My career as a journalist and as a photographer began in 2014, mainly covering what would become a long-term project in Bosnia-Herzegovina. I covered for print media the 19th Srebrenica genocide commemoration, and the causes and consequences of the Bosnian war.
Meanwhile, I got my Bachelor's Degree in Journalism at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. During that time, I interned as a broadcast journalist in TV3, on a weekly program about immigration and social inclusion. I also studied Cinema at University of Stirling, Scotland, and a Degree in Photojournalism at International School of Photography GrisArt.
My work in Bosnia made me won a grant which is offered by the Catalan government. That allowed me to start working in 2015 as a photojournalist and editor at La Vanguardia, one of the leading Spanish daily newspapers, for one year. I combined my job as a local photojournalist with freelance photographic and journalistic projects abroad, mainly covering the refugee crisis in the Balkans and in Greece.
In 2016, I moved to Israel, where I lived for one year and a half. I studied a Master's Degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University, and kept working as a freelance journalist and photographer, both in Palestine and in Israel, about the conflict and beyond. I speak Spanish and English fluently, French at an intermediate level, and Arabic and Hebrew at a basic level.