Almudena Toral is an award-winning Spanish visual journalist and filmmaker based in New York. Her work has been published by The New York Times, TIME, The Guardian, AlJazeera, VICE, Huffington Post, Marie Claire, El País, Canal+ and other outlets. She currently teaches video storytelling at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, besides pursuing her own projects worldwide. Prior to freelancing, Almudena worked at The New York Times and TIME.
Toral is the recipient of 2013 POYi’s Award of Excellence – Multimedia Photographer of the Year, and received an Emmy Award for her contribution to The New York Times project “Life, Interrupted.” Her work has received additional accolades from Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers Association, the West Virginia Mountaineer Film Festival, the World Cup of Photography, and The Deadline Press Club.
Toral has degrees from Johns Hopkins University (SAIS), City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism and Universidad Complutense de Madrid. She is passionate about multi-platform storytelling, human rights, health and gender issues, the global south and immigration policy, among others.