Ecuadorian born Cris Toala Olivares (’82) moved to the Netherlands at the age of 18 to study medicine. During a volunteer job at a hospital in Gaza, he discovered the power of photography. By taking a portrait of a young patient, he was able to give a voice to this boy no one seemed to care about. Since then Toala Olivares has been working for news press agency Reuters and travels around the world to tell stories of people without a voice. These stories won him several international photography awards. Nowadays Toala Olivares works as an independent photographer for internationally renowned magazines such as Geo and National Geographic. This has enabled him to not only shoot the stories that touch him, but to take the time to dig into the subject deeper.