Fernando Decillis Atlanta Lifestyle Photographer
Recognition & Awards
2017 APA Award | Advertising
2016 American Photography 32
2016 Cannes Lions Shortlist
2016 The Fence | Georgia Fence Project
2015 International Photography Awards | Advertising | 1st | Conceptual
2015 International Photography Awards | Advertising | Photographer of the Year
2015 International Photography Awards | Honorable Mention | Editorial | Political
2015 Communication Arts | Award of Excellence | Documentary
2015 Photo District News | Faces 2013 Communication Arts | Award of Excellence | Editorial
2013 Communication Arts | Award of Excellence | Conceptual
2012 International Photography Awards | 2nd | People | Family
2012 International Photography Awards | Honorable Mention | People | Portrait
2012 International Photography Awards | Honorable Mention | Editorial | Environmental
2012 International Photography Awards | Honorable Mention | Deeper Perspective
2012 International Photography Awards | Honorable Mention | People | Culture
2012 Fotomuseo | Fotomaraton | Grand Prize
2010 Fotomuseo | Fotomaraton | Second Place
2008 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize | National Portrait Gallery
2017 | Time Is Right | U.S. Center for Civil and Human Rights
Partial Client list
Ames Scullin O'Haire
J. Walter Thompson Worldwide
Ogilvy & Mather
Young & Rubicam
Martina La Peligrosa
Drug Free America
The Home Depot
Wild Turkey Bourbon
Bocas El Tiempo
Mother Nature Network
The New York Times
Fernando Decillis is an Atlanta-based photographer specializing in advertising and documentary projects. Fernando was born in Montevideo, Uruguay to a teenage seamstress and an airport ramp agent. He spent his childhood roaming his town, Shangri La, asking local fisherman for advice and riding through Uruguay’s flat country roads as one of four passengers on his dad’s moped.
In an effort to escape Uruguay’s military dictatorship, the Decillis family set out for the United States. At ten years old, speaking no English, Fernando attended public school in what is known today as the Dekalb International Corridor of Atlanta, or Buford Highway.
His love of fútbol was an inroad to making friends with other immigrant children from Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia, who were simultaneously assimilating to life in the U.S. Fernando quickly learned to rely on nonverbal communication to foster a sense of oneness on the field with teammates who all spoke different languages.
Fernando translates this skillset fluidly to photograph people from all walks of life. His award-winning photography teases a humanistic beauty out of common situations. His photographs are extraordinary in execution and subtle in imposition.
Fernando has worked on campaigns for Coca-Cola, Reebok, Wild Turkey Bourbon, and many more. His work has been featured in publications such as AdWeek, Smithsonian Magazine, CNN and Bloomberg Businessweek. In 2015 Fernando was honored by the International Photography Awards with the title of Advertising Photographer of the Year and won a Communication Arts Award of Excellence. He was nominated for International Photographer of the Year for the 2015 Lucie Awards. He is fluent in English and Spanish.