Nahira Montcourt is based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is a documentary photographer and independent photojournalist. Her work is centered on documenting protests, local politics, and natural disasters.
She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Asociación de Fotoperiodistas de Puerto Rico. Her photos have been published in both print and digital media outlets such as NotiCel, the weekly newspaper Claridad, and the Center for Investigative Journalism. Nahira has also collaborated with international news agencies such as Ruptly video news and The German Press Agency.
This year, Nahira Montcourt became the first Puertorican photojournalist to be internationally recognized by the Anja Niedringhaus Courage Award from the International Women in Media Foundation (IWMF). She was awarded an honorable mention for her work compiling and exploring protests in Puerto Rico since 2017.
She has also been awarded on two different occasions, by the Asociación de Fotoperiodistas de Puerto Rico. In 2017 he won the 'News of the Moment' award with the photo "El Último Beso", captured during her coverage of the International Day of the Workers in San Juan's banking district that year. In 2018 she received a mention of honor for the photo "Defiendes lo Indefendible" taken during her coverage of the protests in the city of Peñuelas.
She has covered many local protests held by students, unions, civic groups and common citizens during the last few years as well as the disastrous aftermath of hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and the earthquakes that devastated the southern coast of the Island.
Nahira is available for assignments worldwide.