1. North Korea held its annual marathon in Pyongyang on April 13, but this time they opened up the event to foreign tourists. I watched as residents lined the roadsides to watch with curiosity as these visitors, some tattooed, some surprisingly overweight, one in jeans, and all of them smiling and high-fiving the local people, as they made their way to the finish tape.

    Check out some of my photos of the event at NBC News and Time Magazine

     
  2. The Rwandan Genocide: The Art of Remembering and Forgetting. See our latest story for National Geographic News on the commemoration of the Rwandan genocide 20 years after the 100-day slaughter of nearly a million.

     
  3. Revisiting the Rwandan Genocide: Origin stories from the Associated Press. 

    Please check out our National Geographic photoblog PROOF post about AP’s coverage of the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago.

    In 1994 I quit my job at a small newspaper in Iowa and left for Rwanda to try to cover the genocide as a freelance photographer. Two decades later I returned to try and understand what I had seen there as a young journalist and to cover the commemoration of the mass slaughter that left nearly a million dead in 100 days. 

     
  4. Revisiting the Rwandan Genocide : Hutu or Tutsi?

    Please check out the National Geographic photoblog PROOF by writer Peter Gwin and I about Rwandan ethnic identity during the genocide and now.

     
  5. Revisiting the Rwandan Genocide: How Churches Became Death Traps

    In 1994, I quit my job and traveled to Rwanda to try to cover the horror there. It was also the beginning of a 20-year career covering conflict around the world. This week I’ve returned to Rwanda to try to remember and understand what I witnessed two decades ago.

    Please check out the National Geographic blog post PROOF where I talk about what madness I found in 1994 inside Rwanda’s little red brick churches.

     
  6. The Last Song, my photographs for National Geographic about the mass killing of songbirds, has won the Public Prize in the Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards 2014.

    Here’s a complete slideshow of the winning work on their website.

     
  7. The National Magazine Awards Nominated Finalist

    The “Last Song, a National Geographic story by Jonathan Franzen and I about the mass killing of migratory birds has been nominated for the Public Interest Prize by The National Magazine Awards.

    See the full list of finalists and our story, photographs, and videos on the National Geographic website.

     
  8. An interview in Tokyo with Japan’s NHK “Newsline” program about our ongoing coverage of North Korea. See a rebroadcast at NHK online

     
  9. Our iPad version of the story Last Song, for National Geographic Magazine, wins an award for MultimediaNon-Linear Storytelling from the White House News Photographers Association’s annual “Eyes Of History” competition.

    The announcement is here. Congrats to Nat Geo for sweeping the category, and to my friend Jim Lo Scalzo for leading in linear storytelling.

     
  10. I’m a nominated finalist for the 6th annual Shorty Awards for social media’s best photography. Here’s a full list of the nominated finalists.

    And here’s an amazing quote from their site:

    "People who indulge in narcissistic behavior of talking out into the internet need to be acknowledged for that."

     
  11. Writer Jonathan Franzen talks about how our National Geographic story, The Last Song, has helped influence the decision by Albania to ban hunting for the next two years. Franzen and I reported on the mass slaughter of migrating birds across the Mediterranean, and the situation in Albania was especially horrible. See the original story here.

     
  12. Check out my photo and our New York Times cover story in the Voyages issue. Start Here: A coast to coast road trip across South America.

    A huge thank you to NYTMagazine director of photography Kathy Ryan and photo editor Stacey Baker for their support and beautiful picture choices. 

     
  13. Beginning in 2013 some anonymous jokers started taking the winning pictures at the annual Pictures of the Year competition and replacing their subjects with cats. They’ve been posting them to a Tumblr, Twitter feed and Instagram account called poyicats. This year, my second place photo (see original here), originally showing a falcon on the hood of an Egyptian raptor hunter’s car in the Sahara desert, has been cat-ified.

     
  14. Camino Real For the New York Times Magazine’s Voyages issue I crossed South America by car. I began at the Atlantic coast in Santos, Brazil and ten days later stood in the Pacific in Lima, Peru. 

    Check out the story by writer Monte Reel and a collection of my photos made along the way.

     
  15. Still Life In Motion: On assignment for The New York Times magazine, i drove over 6,800 kilometers across South America from Sao Paolo, Brazil to Lima, Peru. ALong the way I made these short videos that we are calling “moving post cards”. Check them out online, accompanying our cover story for the Voyages issue titled “Camino Real”