Rafael Vilela, 25 years old, is an independent photographer and founder of Media NINJA - a hub of journalists created in 2013, that has spread all over Brazil. He is part of Fora do Eixo Brazilian network, and one of the protagonists in the creation of an international network for independent photojournalism that conects 15 countries. In 2011 his portraiture series called “Cabeças-de-Pipa” received awards in four categories in the Prix de La Photographie Paris - Px3. His essays have been published in several print and internet media in Brazil and internationally, including the Canadian magazine Adbusters and the American Aperture. In 2013 he photographed the June riots in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Belo Horizonte, and was special correspondent for Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi’s deposition. Rafael was invited by the photography festival Paraty em Foco to show his exhibition “The Streets of June”, about the 2013 June riots in Brazil and is one of the photographers selected by São Paulo’s Museum of Modern Art to have their work included in its permanent collection. In 2014 Rafael was invited by Magnum Photos to be one of the brazilian photographers in the OffSide Brazil project, an alternative photographic coverage of the WorldCup together with Magnum photographers Alex Majori, David Alan Harvey and Susan Meiselas.