Nahira Montcourt is based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She is documentary photographer, an independent photojournalist and she currently works for one of the main digital newspapers in Puerto Rico. Her work is centered on documenting protests, local politics, and natural disasters. Her main focuses are women, social conflicts and inequality.
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 the website 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.
On two different occasions, she has received awards from the Asociación de Fotoperiodistas de Puerto Rico. In 2017 she won ‘Noticia del Momento’ with the photo “El Ultimo Beso”, captured during her coverage of the International Workers Day Protests in the San Juan banking districts that year. In 2018 she was awarded a mention of honor for the photo “Defiendes lo indefendible” taken during her coverage of 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.