Hannah Reyes Morales was born and raised in Manila, where she completed her bachelor's degree in speech communication in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. While studying, she completed an internship with the European Pressphoto Agency, covering daily news in the Philippines. She is curious about the stories people tell themselves in the midst of adversity. This includes photographing human trafficking at sea in the Philippines, reporting on forced marriages in Cambodia, and documenting the lives of displaced Filipina women who wound up in the sex trade after frequent typhoons. She is part of MAPS, a collective effort proposing new ways and approaches of storytelling to address the world's changing environment and societ. She is a recipient of a SOPA award for excellence in digital reporting for her work in the Outlaw Ocean series for The New York Times. In 2017 she received the Chris Hondros Memorial Award, and is currently part of World Press Photo's 6X6 Program. She is based in Manila.