Martin San Diego
Filipino Documentary Photographer

Martin San Diego is an independent documentary photographer from the Philippines. He is a multiple grantee of the National Geographic Society, a finalist of The Aftermath Project, an alumnus of the Angkor Photo Festival Workshops, a Diversify Photo member, a Visual Journalism graduate of the Ateneo de Manila University, and a fellow of the Konrad Adanauer Stiftung Media Programme Asia.

His work gravitates towards questioning the histories written by colonizers and victors. This is most evident in his ongoing long-term project on Filipino-Muslim youth and their relationship with militancy in Mindanao, southern Philippines. This body of work has been awarded and recognized as one of the four Finalists in the 2022 cycle of The Aftermath Project.

Martin regularly contributes to The Washington Post and VICE News on notable Philippine issues – the Drug War, COVID-19 pandemic, and the environment. Nonprofits such as International Committee of the Red Cross and the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees regularly commission him for missions in Mindanao.

Martin is a co-founder of Campus Journalism Lab. He graduated with a degree in Computer Science from De La Salle University in 2013.

Martin is available for assignments and engagements in Asia and beyond.


The Aftermath Project Grant — Finalist

• National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists — Recipient
• The Society of Publishers in Asia: Excellence in Reporting on Women’s Issues — Award for Excellence
• The Society of Publishers in Asia: Excellence in Video Reporting — Honorable Mention
Edition365 Global Exhibit by The British Journal of Photography and 1854 — Exhibitor
Fotomoto PH: Invitational Portraits Group Exhibit — Exhibitor

• National Geographic Society COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists — Recipient
• Diversify Photo — Member
• The Other Hundred: Healers — Winner

• Angkor Photo Festival Workshops — Student
• International Photography Awards — Honorable Mention: Deeper Perspective

• Asian Center for Journalism – Ateneo de Manila University — Student
• Konrad Adanauer Stiftung – Media Programme Asia — Fellow
• BARADO Group Exhibit with Tarzeer Pictures — Exhibitor

• Visualizing Social Stories by Invisible Photographer Asia — Student

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Top photo by Maitta Pugay

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