Jovelle Tamayo (she/her/siya) is an independent visual journalist available for photo and video assignments in Seattle, Washington, the Philippines and beyond. 

Jovelle is also a digital media teaching artist for organizations in the Seattle area, including Coyote Central, Northwest Film Forum, and Reel Grrls. Recently, she was a part-time journalism lecturer at the University of Washington. 

She worked a season as a staff photographer at the Yakima Herald-Republic in Central Washington, and previously interned at the Valley News in Vermont/New Hampshire, Aperture Foundation and Magazine, and The Times Herald-Record with the Dow Jones News Fund. Jovelle graduated with a degree in political science from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she served as editor-in-chief of The Daily Targum, the nation’s second-oldest college newspaper. 

Jovelle is a founding member of the Authority Collective, a group of women, non-binary and trans image-makers of color creating a culture of accountability and challenging power structures within visual media industries, and on the Board of the Directors for the South Seattle Emerald, which aims to amplify more authentic representations of the South Seattle community. 


2014 | Rutgers University-New Brunswick, B.A. in Political Science, minor in French language


2019 | SPJ Western Washington
— Passion Projects Grant Winner 
2019 | National Geographic Summit
2018 | Women Photograph Workshop
— Portfolio Prize  
2018 | THREAD at Yale University
2017 | Kalish Visual Editing Workshop
2016 | New York Portfolio Review
2016 | Missouri Photo Workshop 


The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Intercept, NPR, The Seattle Times, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, Crosscut, San Francisco Chronicle, ESPN’s The Undefeated, BRIGHT the Mag, Audubon Society, Leafly, Buzzfeed News, KUOW, Seattle Globalist, National Geographic online


T Brand Studio, The Atlantic, Sundance Film Festival,, Seattle Sounders, Seattle Seahawks, The Common Acre, Non White Works, Urban Bee Company 

Currently in Manila, Philippines. 


Cell/WhatsApp: +17323227706
Globe (Philippines): +639959663774

Travel 2019
August 13-Sept. 8: Manila/Cebu/Olongapo City

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