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
    Clarion Award for his piece Culture of Violence in Guatemala
    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”
    World Press Photo Award, 3rd Place for his piece Gangs in Guatemala
    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"
    National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation for Photo Essays about the Funeral Business in Guatemala and Political Unrest in Honduras
    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
    POYi Latino America, Photographer of the year, 2nd Place
    POYi Latino America, Sociedad y Conflicto, 1st Place and Mention
    His work call Palimpsestos had been exhibited in Foto Cafe, El Salvador
    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
    CHIPP China International Press Photo Contest, Silver Medal "People in the News/Portrait Story" for his work Mayan Queens
    Atlanta Photojournalism Award, Honorable mention Spot news
    Atlanta Photojournalism Award, 3rd place and Honorable mention for Feature
    Atlanta Photojournalism Award, 3rd place Portrait/Personality
  • 2013
    Poyi Third Place, Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press, "SON IN MOURNING"
    Poyi Award of Excellence, Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press, "EVICTED"
    World Press Photo, 1st prize singles General News
    Pulitzer Prize, Breaking News
  • 2014
    Taller Escuela Agencia (TEA), Buenos Aires, Argentina, Guatemala and Syria by Rodrigo Abd (individual photo exhibition).
  • 2015
    Centro Conde Duque, Madrid, España, Upfront (collective photo exhibition)
  • 2016
    Maria Moors Cabot Prize/Columbia University, for excellence in coverage of Latin America and Caribbean
    Centro de la Fotografía, Montevideo, Uruguay, The Afghan Camera (individual photo exhibition)
  • 2017
    Fototeca Latinoamericana (Fola), Buenos Aires, Argentina, The Afghan Camera (individual photo exhibition)
    Centro Cultural de la Memoria Haroldo Conti, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Palimpsest (individual photo exhibition)
    Centro Cultural de España, Lima, Peru, Palimpsest & Portraits: Revealed Stories
    (individual photo exhibition)