Born in 1981, Lukas Coch studied Latin American regional studies at the University of Cologne/ Germany. At age 15, he visited Santiago de Chile on a student exchange program and has spent several years since then in Chile as well as Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. He worked as a stringer for Reuters and the Chilean newspaper La Nación. He spent a year abroad as a student in 2004-2005 at the Catholic University of Santiago de Chile and has been a member of Zeitenspiegel and Pressefoto ULMER since 2006. Since end of 2009 he is based in Sydney, Australia.