Monica Allende is a photography editor, curator, writer, educator and mentor. She served as the picture editor of The Sunday Times Magazine from 2002 to 2105. She was part of the team that founded Spectrum – an award-winning section dedicated to photography from around the world.
After graduating with a political-science degree from the University of London, Allende worked as picture editor for several book publishers before moving into newspapers – The Independent, followed by The Sunday Times.
She was commissioned by CAM to curate an exhibition about the Darfur conflict. Allende guest-edited a recent issue of Ojo de Pez magazine, on the subject of war photography.
She was on the World Press Photo photo contest jury in 2012, and has also previously been a jury member for Visa pour L’Image, the Canon Female Photojournalist Award, F awards, Summer Show at Host, and the Blurb book awards, as well as a nominator for the Joop Swart Masterclass. Allende teaches workshops in photography, has been a portfolio reviewer at Photo España and the Bamako Photo Festival, and a tutor at World Press Photo’s 2010 BESA workshop. She also contributes to the organization’s magazine, Review.
While Allende was at The Sunday Times Magazine, the publication received several awards for its photography, including the Picture Editor’s award for Best Magazine in 2006, the Best Feature in Photojournalism category for Amnesty International and Best Photography at the Design Awards.