Finbarr in eastern Congo 2008 by Marcus Bleasdale

Finbarr O’Reilly is a Reuters photographer based in Dakar, Senegal. He is also a 2013 Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a 2014 Ochberg Fellow at the DART center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

He began his journalism career as a writer and has covered Africa
for 10 years. He turned to photography in 2005
and was awarded the World Press Photo of the Year
in 2006 for his image of a mother and child at
an emergency feeding center in Niger.

He has since won numerous industry awards for his
multimedia work and photography, including first place
awards from POYi and the NPPA.

He is published widely in leading international
magazines and newspapers and his solo exhibition,
Congo On The Wire” has shown in France and Canada,
and at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights.
His series on white poverty in South Africa was included
in the exhibition “After A” in Italy in 2010.

Finbarr is among those profiled in the film
Under Fire: Journalists in Combat,” trailer (November 2011).
The film was shortlisted for an Oscar at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Contact: finbarroreilly@gmail.com
Twitter: finbarroreilly


Afghanistan audio-slideshow
Congo audio slideshow

•DART Center Ochberg Fellow 2014 at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
•Harvard Nieman Fellow 2013
•Peabody Award 2013 for documentary Under Fire: Journalists in Combat
•Academy Award short list in 2012 for Under Fire: Journalists in Combat
World Press Photo of the Year 2006
POYi First Place Multimedia 2009
POYi Judge’s Special Recognition One Week’s Work 2010
NPPA International News Story 3rd Place 2011
NPPA First Place Portrait 2010
NPPA Portrait HM 2005
UNICEF Photo of the Year 2007 HM

*all images copyright Reuters


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Congo journal
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Congo’s house of hope
Ambushed by the Taliban


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16 Responses to About

  1. John Chun says:

    Very moving pictures Fin. Keep up the good work man

    – Lcpl Chun

  2. TANGUY says:

    Nice and very good work !

  3. Great work, happily shared.

  4. sgalashan says:

    amazing stuff. great site.

  5. eric malebranche says:

    Finn, this is very important work you’re doing. I am profoundly impressed. Live well my friend.

  6. Thank you very much for sharing those realitys wich we usualy don’t know about. You build kind of bridge between all those people, their life avec me. Please, keep up.
    (Sorry for errors, english is my second langage :) )

  7. Saw one of yours with the UN staff in Congo in a Portuguese paper today, great work!

  8. Amit Mukherjee says:

    Your photos are really moving and it touches the heart. Keep clicking

  9. Doula says:

    Brilliant work Finbarr….so beautiful to see you are living your purpose, and what a profound difference you are making. xo

  10. Dear Finbar, your eye is magnificent and your images haunt and inspire me. I’m especially interested in the work you’re doing in Sierra Leone. From the war memorial in Kailahun to your photo essay on the wooden houses in Freetown. Thank you for being a beacon of light. All best wishes, Michele

  11. Finbarr,great work. Very moving….

  12. ndamona says:

    Great work.

  13. Eleanor Underwood says:

    Just finished watching Under Fire: Journalists In Combat. What your doing is very important to the world. The quality of your work is particularly impressive given the conditions that you work under. Please look after yourself!

  14. Fabrice says:

    Fin, magnifique photo de cette petite fille soudanaise de 2004.
    Bel œil au service du cœur !
    Take care.

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