Isabella is an Australian/Peruvian photojournalist based in Sydney. She is committed to relational, collaborative and research driven journalism practices with communities who have experienced misrepresentation in mainstream press.

Isabella’s diasporic experience, and Afro-Peruvian and Native Peruvian heritage inform her work. In particular, she recognises that intergenerational trauma and the ongoing impacts of colonisation are widely felt in settler colonial societies such as Australia.

She was commissioned by Wellcome Trust (2021) to report on the physical health impacts of climate change, and by the Judith Neilson Institute (2022) to report on Covid-19 in the Northern Territory. 

Isabella’s work has been exhibited at the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW), and published in international and national publications, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, and the Financial Times. 

She is currently a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize (2023), has three times been a finalist in the prestigious Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize (2011, 2018), and a finalist in the Olive Cotton Award (2021). She received a Highly Commended for Best Photojournalism (2020) and Best Reporting on Indigenous affairs (2022) by the Journalism and Education Research Association of Australia. 

Isabella is a member of Women Photograph and Diversify Photo (a community of BIPOC and non-western voices). She has completed a Master of Advanced Journalism (2022) at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies at Macquarie University (2008).

Awards & Exhibitions

  • 2023
    Finalist, National Photographic Portrait Prize (NPPP), Canberra, ACT
  • 2023
    Finalist, The Olive Cotton Award, New South Wales
  • 2022
    Highly Commended, Best Reporting on Indigenous affairs, ‘Remote communities poisoned by uranium’, Journalism and Education Research Assoc. of Australia
  • 2021
    Finalist, The Olive Cotton Award, ‘Bruce Pascoe 2020’
  • 2020
    Highly Commended, Best Photojournalism, ‘The Forgotten Ones’, Journalism and Education Research Assoc. of Australia
  • 2020
    Second Place, Australian Photography Awards, ‘Bruce Pascoe and the dancing grass’ Documentary Category
  • 2020
    Semi-finalist, Head On Portrait Prize, ‘Self Portrait’, Australia
  • 2019
    Exhibiting Finalist at Obscura Documentary Photo Festival, Malaysia
  • 2018
    'Highly Commended’ Finalist of the Moran Photographic Prize, ‘Significance of Ceremony’
  • 2018
    Finalist of the Moran Photographic Prize, ‘Junior Mullet Fest Contestant’

Press & Talks