Survivor of domestic servitude in Nairobi, Kenya.

Survivor of domestic servitude in Nairobi, Kenya.

Growing up Female in Maasai Society from the series A Centuries Old Maasai Custom: Female Genital Mutilation: Makuta, Kenya. The series aims to advocate for and alongside survivors of female genital mutilation. Growing up Female in Maasai Society has been awarded 2019 International Color Awards in the category Portrait; 2018 Lucie Foundation International Photography Award | 1st Event/ Social Cause category + Honorable Mention for Culture and Traditions category. Finalists were selected from approximately 16,000 submissions (38,000 images) from over 130 countries.

Growing up Female in Maasai Society from the series A Centuries Old Maasai Custom: Female Genital Mutilation: Makuta, Kenya. The series aims to advocate for and alongside survivors of female genital mutilation. Growing up Female in Maasai Society has been awarded 2019 International Color Awards in the category Portrait; 2018 Lucie Foundation International Photography Award | 1st Event/ Social Cause category + Honorable Mention for Culture and Traditions category. Finalists were selected from approximately 16,000 submissions (38,000 images) from over 130 countries.

Male orangutan sits in a tree with soulful eyes from the series Broken Paradise in Gunung Leuser National Park, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. It is easy to feel a kinship with orangutans when looking into their soulful eyes and observing their socially complex behavior. Perhaps that’s because orangutans and humans share 97 percent of their DNA. The Sumatran orangutan is at extreme risk of becoming the first great ape to go extinct in the wild. The last major stands of habitat for the Sumatran orangutan are found in the Leuser Ecosystem, which supports about 75 percent of the world’s remaining population. Awarded the 2019 International Color Awards in the category Wildlife.

Male orangutan sits in a tree with soulful eyes from the series Broken Paradise in Gunung Leuser National Park, Northern Sumatra, Indonesia. It is easy to feel a kinship with orangutans when looking into their soulful eyes and observing their socially complex behavior. Perhaps that’s because orangutans and humans share 97 percent of their DNA. The Sumatran orangutan is at extreme risk of becoming the first great ape to go extinct in the wild. The last major stands of habitat for the Sumatran orangutan are found in the Leuser Ecosystem, which supports about 75 percent of the world’s remaining population. Awarded the 2019 International Color Awards in the category Wildlife.

Himba girl in the Hartmann Valley from the series Namibia.

Himba girl in the Hartmann Valley from the series Namibia.

Islamic female student at an Islamic School in Medan, Indonesia.

Islamic female student at an Islamic School in Medan, Indonesia.

Survivor from the series SOLD.

Survivor from the series SOLD.

Shirley and Pendo, from the series Faces Behind Atrocity, which documents through portraiture the experience of surviving human trafficking, as well as the journey to healing and recovery. The series aims to advocate for and alongside the survivors,  amplifying their voices and documenting their healing and the organizations that support them through it. The project has roots in Nairobi, where local nonprofit HAART Kenya works within national borders to rescue and rehabilitate human trafficking survivors. The original series involved seven young women of four different nationalities, ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old. They were rescued from the horrors of the trafficking world and are in various stages of the healing process. Masked to protect their identities, the survivors allowed Matilde to capture a visual representation of their resilience, beauty, and strength, while also providing a written account of how they were trafficked and the atrocities they faced.

Shirley and Pendo, from the series Faces Behind Atrocity, which documents through portraiture the experience of surviving human trafficking, as well as the journey to healing and recovery. The series aims to advocate for and alongside the survivors, amplifying their voices and documenting their healing and the organizations that support them through it. The project has roots in Nairobi, where local nonprofit HAART Kenya works within national borders to rescue and rehabilitate human trafficking survivors. The original series involved seven young women of four different nationalities, ranging in age from 13 to 16 years old. They were rescued from the horrors of the trafficking world and are in various stages of the healing process. Masked to protect their identities, the survivors allowed Matilde to capture a visual representation of their resilience, beauty, and strength, while also providing a written account of how they were trafficked and the atrocities they faced.

Shirley, from the series Faces Behind Atrocity, which documents through portraiture the experience of surviving human trafficking, as well as the journey to healing and recovery. Compelling and thematically and aesthetically original, the pictures demonstrate Matilde’s ability to control composition and image execution, including some interesting photographic qualities, such as efficient lighting, intriguing subject matter, and alluring aesthetics. This is essential, in her view: it activates emotion, which is the switch for taking action. Faces Behind Atrocity has been awarded the 2018 Tokyo International Foto Award Bronze People/ Portraiture; 2018 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS (PX3) Honorable Mention Award Portraiture/Children; 2017 Lucie Foundation International Photography Award | 2nd place Event/ Social Cause.

Shirley, from the series Faces Behind Atrocity, which documents through portraiture the experience of surviving human trafficking, as well as the journey to healing and recovery. Compelling and thematically and aesthetically original, the pictures demonstrate Matilde’s ability to control composition and image execution, including some interesting photographic qualities, such as efficient lighting, intriguing subject matter, and alluring aesthetics. This is essential, in her view: it activates emotion, which is the switch for taking action. Faces Behind Atrocity has been awarded the 2018 Tokyo International Foto Award Bronze People/ Portraiture; 2018 PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS (PX3) Honorable Mention Award Portraiture/Children; 2017 Lucie Foundation International Photography Award | 2nd place Event/ Social Cause.

Anti-Poaching Ranger Anthony Ochieng Kenya Wildlife Service Anti-Poaching Ranger, patrolling for poachers in the East Tsavo National Park, Kenya.

Anti-Poaching Ranger Anthony Ochieng Kenya Wildlife Service Anti-Poaching Ranger, patrolling for poachers in the East Tsavo National Park, Kenya.

Novice nun sits during an Assembly from the series Portraits of Myanmar.

Novice nun sits during an Assembly from the series Portraits of Myanmar.

Male silverback waking from a nap against a tree in Bwindi National Park, Uganda. The Bwindi National Park is one of the last remaining habitats in the world for the endangered Mountain Gorilla. The Mountain Gorilla is a highly endangered species and only about 600 are still alive today.

Male silverback waking from a nap against a tree in Bwindi National Park, Uganda. The Bwindi National Park is one of the last remaining habitats in the world for the endangered Mountain Gorilla. The Mountain Gorilla is a highly endangered species and only about 600 are still alive today.

Female student during Prayers at the Alaikyanug Pariyatti Monastic Education School, Alikyaung Dalla Township, Yangon, Myanmar

Female student during Prayers at the Alaikyanug Pariyatti Monastic Education School, Alikyaung Dalla Township, Yangon, Myanmar