Rodrigo Abd was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on October 27, 1976. His career began as a staff photographer at La Razón and La Nación newspapers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 1999 to 2003. Since 2003 he has been a staff photographer for the Associated Press based in Guatemala, with the exception of 2006, when he was based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Rodrigo has worked on AP special assignments covering the political turmoil in Bolivia in 2003 and Haiti in 2004. He also covered Venezuela's presidential elections in 2007 and 2012, and the earthquake in Haiti in 2010. In 2010, he has twice been embedded with US troops in the Kandahar province, Afghanistan. In 2011 he covered the political conflict in Lybia. In 2012 he covered the Syrian armed conflict.
Abd, along with fellow AP photographers, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra, and Muhammed Muheisen, were awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photograph for his gripping work covering the Syrian civil war.
Currently based in Lima, Peru.
2003 Sigma Delta Chi Award in Art/Graphic & Photography Features  
2004 Outstanding Photo Essay National Award  
2004 Clarion Award for his piece Culture of Violence in Guatemala  
2004 POYi Award, Newspaper Division / Issue Reporting Picture Story, 2nd Place for his work "Guatemala Gangs"  
2006 Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez’ Foundation, Finalist for  “Nuevo Periodismo Award”  
2006 World Press Photo Award, 3rd Place for his piece Gangs in Guatemala  
2006 Selected to participate in the Joop Swart Masterclass organized by the World Press Photo Foundation  
2008 POYi Award, Newspaper Division, Feature Picture Story 1st Place for his work "Cemetery Dues"  
2009 Atlanta Photojournalist Seminar, 2nd prize in the News Picture Story category for his work Guatemalan Violence  
2010 POYi Award, General Division, Feature Picture Story, 3rd Place for his work  "A Lucrative business"  
2010 National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation for Photo Essays about the Funeral Business in Guatemala and Political Unrest in Honduras  
2010    His work had been exhibited in the Visa Pour L'Image Photo Festival in Perpignan, France  
2011 Overseas Press Club of America, Feature Photography Award for his work on an Emergency Room in Guatemala  
2011 POYi Latino America, Photographer of the year, 2nd Place  
2011 POYi Latino America, Sociedad y Conflicto, 1st Place and Mention  
2011 His work call Palimpsestos had been exhibited in Foto Cafe, El Salvador  
2011 Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Best Portfolio. Honorable Mention in the Category Portrait/Personality  
2012 CHIPP China International Press Photo Contest, Silver Medal "Daily Life Story" for his work Quiet Libya  
2012 CHIPP China International Press Photo Contest, Silver Medal "People in the News/Portrait Story" for his work Mayan Queens  
2012 Atlanta Photojournalism Award, Honorable mention Spot news  
2012 Atlanta Photojournalism Award, 3rd place and Honorable mention for Feature  
2012 Atlanta Photojournalism Award, 3rd place Portrait/Personality    
2013 Poyi Third Place, Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press, "SON IN MOURNING"  
2013 Poyi Award of Excellence, Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press, "EVICTED"  
2013 World Press Photo, 1st prize singles General News  
2013 Pulitzer Prize, Breaking News