Elisa Bernal (Barcelona, 1992) is a Spanish photojournalist, documentary photographer and journalist, whose work is mainly focused on social issues and conflicts. She is currently based in Israel. She has worked in Palestine, Israel, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Macedonia and Greece. Some of her work has been published at VICE, La Vanguardia, Ekstra Bladet and FronteraD.
Elisa became interested in Journalism and Photography at the age of 16, during her stay in the rural department of Madriz with Nicaraguan families (2008). As a self-taught photographer, she started to work on the field in 2014 in what would become a long-term project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As a freelance, she covered the 19th Srebrenica genocide commemoration and travelled to the country several times to photograph and write articles about some of the causes and consequences of the 1992-1995 Bosnian war.
Meanwhile, she got her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in 2014. She also studied a Degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the International School of Photography GrisArt with the photographer, editor and teacher Rafael Badia. Her photographic project was focused on the autoimmune disease SLE (Lupus).
Her work in Bosnia and Herzegovina made her won a scholarship that allowed her to start working in September 2015 as a photojournalist and editor at the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia (Barcelona) for a year. She combined her job as a local photojournalist with freelance photographic and journalistic projects abroad, and also with her studies of Modern Standard Arabic FUSHA.
In October 2016, she moved to Tel Aviv to study a MA in Middle Eastern Studies. She keeps working as a freelance journalist and photographer, now based in Israel.