Rising star

Mara Leite is a rising star of photography. Intelligent, thoughtful and talented, she applies herself to her photography in a considered and environmental conscious way.

In the early day of our photographic careers or journeys it is hard to find a direction or a style. This comes with time so in the beginning we follow our passions and choose the subjects or genres which catch our imagination or  interest most. For many of us photography runs alongside another career while we establish our photographic credentials. One such photographer who is getting herself noticed is Mara Leite, so we  asked her to tell us about herself, what she’s doing and all about her photography. Mara is originally from the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. state of  Washington, but currently resides in London, pursuing a PhD. She’s an astrobiologist in the last year of her degree.

“As a photographer, I’m passionate about landscape, cityscapes and astrophotography. I first started taking photography seriously when I was in Washington. It’s a beautiful state with national parks and some amazing sights. I love travelling, and I’ve been lucky enough to have lived in four stunning cities (Seattle, Porto, Paris and London). 

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By Chris Coe

Chris is a professional photographer, and the founder of Travel Photographer of the Year. He has been working as a professional photographer since 1992, shooting both editorial and advertising photography, and has published over 50 books. He lectures on and teaches and is a competition judge.