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, ESPN’s The Undefeated, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Audubon Society/Audubon Magazine. 

I am an FAA Part-107 licensed drone pilot and received hostile environment and emergency first aid training through IWMF. Contact me to ask about additional safety and professional certifications. 

Previously, I covered daily news and sports at the Yakima Herald-Republic in Central Washington, the Valley News in Vermont and 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.

Through Authority Collective, which builds community and opportunity for image-makers of color, I co-produced projects like the Lit List and the Photographer’s Guide to Inclusive Photography. 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. 

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: As a representative for 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.

Women Photograph Byline Data: Since 2020, I've been part of the Women Photograph data collection team, tracking the gender of photographers seen above the fold on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. The data sets help us examine how photographers of different genders are hired and published in the photojournalism industry.

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

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


Phone: +1‪ (732) 322-7706


OOO: 3/9-3/23

Workshops & Recognitions

2022: TIME’s Best Portraits of 2022 
2022: Eddie Adams Workshop XXXV, People award
2022: IWMF Hostile Environment/First Aid Training (HEFAT) 
2021: Part of The Marshall Project’s Pulitzer 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 University 
2017: Kalish Visual Editing Workshop
2016: New York Portfolio Review
2016: Missouri Photo Workshop, Cuba
2016: Seattle Globalist Visual Journalist of the Year

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

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