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Juan Z.

Bogotá, Bogota, Colombia

$500 - $600 / Day

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About Juan

Juan Carlos Zapata León, born in Cartagena, Colombia in 1984. He studied Film and Photography at the Unitec University Corporation in Bogota. He entered the world of journalism when he joined Publicaciones Semana (a colombian media company) in 2011, obtaining the position of videographer, which he held until 2014. In June of that year, he traveled to France and lived in that country for the next 10 months, venturing as an event photographer for some concerts and plays. When he returns to Bogotá, he begins to work with the correspondents of the Spanish newspaper El País, making videos for the newspaper's website. Thanks to this work, he travels to different regions of Colombia making audiovisual specials, most related to the peace process and the subsequent signing of the end of the armed conflict. In September 2017, he began working with the French television channel France 24 in Spanish, after opening its headquarters for the Ibero-American public in the Colombian capital. He currently works there making audiovisual pieces of various kinds, in addition to developing independent projects for different companies and NGOs. Since March of this year, when the pandemic caused by covid-19 began, he also linked himself with the French news agency AFP, with whom he has worked reporting all kinds of stories during the quarantine.

Top Services

  • News Shooter / Video Journalist

  • Video Editor - News

  • Documentary DP

Top Projects

  • Siloé: the Colombian neighborhood that resists, between poverty and death

    • Video Editor - News
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist
    • Corporate Videographer

    On May 3, 2021, the horror reached Siloé, a popular neighborhood in Cali, Colombia. Kevin Anthony Agudelo, 22, was participating in a peaceful tribute for the dead of the National Strike. A police operation broke into the neighborhood and a bullet ended his life. Jhonatan was there that day. At the age of 16, he met death very closely. Jhonatan played with Kevin at FC Del Valle: soccer becomes one of the only hopes in a neighborhood, where the boys sometimes go to sleep without eating. Since 2009, 15 club footballers have died violently.

  • Emiliano Villa and the search for a successor in boxing

    • Video Editor - News
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    With the experience of having fought in an Olympic Games, Emiliano Villa trains his pupils in Santa Marta, Colombia, under conditions that are not the best.

  • The resurgence of Alex Quinonez

    • Video Editor - News
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    Alex surprised the world in 2012 when he qualified for the final of the 200-meter race at the London Olympics. After nearly two years of inactivity, he had one of the best performances at the Bolivarian Games in Santa Marta.

  • Venezuela: The runaway country

    • Video Editor - News
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    Thousands of Venezuelan migrants try to escape daily from the social, economic and political crisis in their country, undertaking a journey to the south where Colombia, Ecuador and Peru become the main destinations to go in search of what there is not: food, medications and employment.

  • Colombia, in El Dorado of the birds

    • Video Editor - News
    • News Shooter / Video Journalist

    A book seeks to satisfy the boom in visitors that registers, after the peace agreement, the most diverse bird country on the planet



  • 4K video camera
  • Multiple cameras
  • GoPro or equivalent
  • Drone


  • External recorder
  • Wireless lavalier mic
  • Shotgun mic


  • Lighting kit
  • Stabilizer

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