Finbarr O'Reilly


Finbarr O'Reilly has spent at least 20 years as an award-winning visual journalist and author working in conflict zones and complex humanitarian emergencies. 

He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and was the laureate of the 2020 Carmignac Photojournalism Award, which resulted in a two-year project, two books, and multiple exhibitions about the Democratic Republic of Congo. O'Reilly has also produced exhibitions for the Nobel Peace Prize and the International Criminal Court. 

His focus in recent years has been on leading collaborative multi-platform projects that develop and promote a more representative range of voices and perspectives in the photojournalism industry while translating strategic and editorial objectives into engaging and compelling narratives that influence global audiences. 

O'Reilly has a track record of delivering industry-leading coverage as well as building and managing diverse, effective, and innovative teams able to thrive in an ever-evolving media landscape. He is committed to educational, mentoring, and personal development initiatives aimed at a meaningful diversification of the media landscape and the promotion of social justice. 

O'Reilly has held fellowships at Yale, Harvard, and Columbia universities and has won numerous awards, including from World Press Photo and Pictures of the Year International. 

He is the co-author of the 2017 memoir Shooting Ghosts: A U.S. Marine, a Combat Photographer, and Their Journey Back from War (Penguin-Random House). He is a Canon ambassador and a board member for FotoEvidence and for the ACOS Alliance.

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