Born 1981 in Slovenia, Manca has worked as a freelance photographer since 2000, after completing her studies at the Slovene School for Photography (1996 – 2000).
Selected Photographer of the Year in Slovenia for her reportage work in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
Twice commended – in 2005 and 2006 – for her work on Afghanistan by the Slovenian Association of Journalists.
She was nominated for the World Press Photo’s Joop Swart Materclass in 2008.
Her book Afghanistan: Unordinary Lives (Afganistan: neobičajna življenja), a collection of her work on Afghanistan was published by Sanje publishers in October 2010.
In 2011 she was chosen as one of three recipients of a scholarship for NYU/Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Program.
In 2011 her work has been chosen by Jean-Luc Monterosso to be shown at Photomed festival in France, as well as it was selected for its “Hall of Excellence” by The Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography.
In 2004 she was chosen from 100 candidates to be one of 15 photographers to participate in a workshop sponsored by Altemus and the VII Photo Agency for young photojournalists from Eastern Europe.
Published photographs and stories on Venezuela, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, Thailand, India, the United States, Serbia and the EU countries, among others in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Guardian, Chicago Tribune, National Geographic (Slovenia), Time.com, Marie Claire, The European Voice and Der Standard.
Member of International Association of Photojournalists SPUTNIK photos whose project “At The Border” was awarded by European Cultural Foundation and has worked as a mentor occasionally on photo documentary workshops and she prepared several solo exhibitions and participated in many group displays home and abroad.