jovelle tamayo 

I am an independent photo and video journalist available for assignments in Seattle and beyond. I was born in Olongapo City, Philippines, raised in Central New Jersey, and currently based in the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to my work as a visual journalist, I teach visual storytelling and journalism to undergraduate college students at the University of Washington, and to youth with Reel Grrls, Coyote Central, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle International Film Festival, The Everyday Projects and Rain City Rock Camp. I've also worked as a contract photo and multimedia editor for  Sundance Institute, Leafly News, The Marshall Project, and ESPN’s The Undefeated. Currently, I am a contributing photo editor for the National Audubon Society/Audubon Magazine. 

As a founding member of the Authority Collective, I help build community and opportunity for image-makers of color. I also serve on the Board of Directors of the South Seattle Emerald, which aims to amplify the voices of South Seattle, and previously served as Vice President of Programs of the Asian American Journalists Association in Seattle.

Previously, I covered daily news and sports at the Yakima Herald-Republic in Central Washington, the Valley News in Vermont/New Hampshire, and The Times Herald-Record in New York’s Hudson Valley through the Dow Jones News Fund.  I graduated with a degree in political science from Rutgers University in New Jersey, where I served as editor-in-chief and photography editor of The Daily Targum.

I am an FAA Part-107 licensed drone pilot. Contact me to ask about additional safety and professional certifications. 

Want to support my independent documentary work? Buy me a coffee. 


The Authority Collective, Women Photograph, Diversify Photo, National Press Photographers Association, Brown Girls Doc Mafia 

Photo Bill of Rights

Through my work with the Authority Collective, I’m proud to be one of 17 co-authors and a signatory of the Photo Bill of Rights. The Photo Bill of Rights brings attention to the pervasive issues surrounding health, safety, access, bias, ethics, and finance throughout the visual media industry and offers solutions to establish equitable standards through actionable steps. Visit to learn more and to sign the bill.

Select Publications & Clients

Publications: The Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The California Sunday Magazine, The Marshall Project, the Intercept, NPR, TIME, Bloomberg, Business Insider, U.S. News and World Report, CNN, San Francisco Chronicle, ESPN’s The Undefeated, BRIGHT the Mag, Audubon Society, Leafly, Buzzfeed News, NBC News, The Huffington Post, KUOW, Seattle Globalist, CURE Magazine, STAT News, Public Radio International’s The World, Education Week, The Rolling Stone

Clients: AARP, Atlantic 57, T Brand Studio, The Common Acre, DLR Group and the City of Portland, Gonzaga University, Henry Art Gallery, iDEKO, Kitsap Transit,, Non White Works, Schmidt Ocean Institute, Seattle Mariners, Seattle Sounders, Seattle Seahawks, The Sikh Coalition, Sundance Film Festival, Urban Bee Company

Currently in Seattle, Washington, USA

Out of office: June 24-July 6

I live and work on the traditional territory of Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish Tribe. 


Phone: +1‪ (732) 322-7706

Workshops & News

2021: Part of The Marshall Project’s Pultizer Prize-winning project team for Mauled as a contributing multimedia editor 
2020: TIME’s Best of Photojournalism 2020
2018, 2020: Allied Media Conference
2019: SPJ Western Washington Passion Project Grant 
2018: Women Photograph Workshop Portfolio Award
2018: THREAD at Yale
2017: Kalish Visual Editing Workshop
2016: New York Portfolio Review
2016: Missouri Photo Workshop

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My go-to video whenever I’m feeling blue — marching band kitties! 

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