Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Muhammed Muheisen was born in Jerusalem in 1981 and graduated with a degree in journalism and political science. He is the Associated Press chief photographer for the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Muheisen joined the Associated Press in 2001, covering major events in the Middle East, such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the funeral of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the U.S.-led war in Iraq and the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. He spent four years in Pakistan as AP’s chief photographer for that country. Muheisen documented the Yemeni revolution and the Syrian civil war as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, Germany, Macedonia, Croatia, France, the Netherlands, New York, Serbia, Greece, and South Africa, including the funeral procession of Nelson Mandela. Most recently he has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe.

His work has received numerous international awards, including: Two-time Breaking News Pulitzer Prize winner, in 2005 and 2013, for covering the war in Iraq and the civil war in Syria; Picture of the Year for 2007; Time Magazine’s Best Wire Photographer of 2013; and the 2014 Oliver S. Gramling Award for journalism.

Muheisen also won multiple prizes in: the APME News Photos Award, the John L. Dougherty Award, Asia Media Awards, National Headliner Awards, the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, Festival Du Scoop, China International Press Photo Contest, NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Sigma Delta Chi Awards, Xposure International Photography Festival Award and the MCF Engaged Journalist Award. He participated in the 2012 World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class, and served as a jury member in the 2016 Picture of the Year International, the 2015 World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class and the 2013 Visa d’or award in that year’s Visa pour l’Image exhibition.

Muheisen is a member of the advisory committee for the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, which is run by the International Women’s Media Foundation, and he’s on the nominating committee selecting the participants for the World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class. In addition, he’s the founder of the Everyday Refugees project on Twitter.

Among other exhibitions, in 2013 a collection from a decade of Muheisen’s work about life in war was exhibited in the French photo festival Visa pour l’Image in Perpignan, France. In 2014 his work about refugees was exhibited at the Festival des Libertés in Brussels, and work of his covering displaced people was shown in the outdoor photographic exhibition the Fence in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Boston and Houston. Most recently a selection of his work was exhibited at the 2016 Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, UAE. (AP)

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

A Palestinian boy reacts as youths frighten him by pointing their toy guns at him, in an alley in the West Bank refugee camp of Al-Amari in Ramallah, June. 16, 2009. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

A female anti-government protestor, center, wearing a red scarf, looks on while praying with other women during a demonstration demanding the resignation of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, in Sanaa,Yemen, April 6, 2011. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

An Iraqi man celebrates on top of a burning U.S. Army Humvee in the northern part of Baghdad, Iraq, April 26, 2004. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Syrian refugee girl Zahra Mahmoud, 5, from Deir el-Zour, Syria, poses for a picture at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan, March 11, 2016, left and Afghan refugee girl, laiba Hazrat, 6, poses for a picture in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 24, 2014. (Photos: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

A group of migrants warm themselves by a fire in an abandoned warehouse in Belgrade, Serbia, Jan. 30, 2017. Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping rough in freezing conditions in downtown Belgrade looking for ways to cross the heavily guarded EU borders. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Pakistani children, survey woods from a burning field, which was used by fruit and vegetable sellers to store their wooden boxes, on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Nov. 4, 2013. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Muslim pilgrims pray at Jabal Al Rahma holy mountain, the mountain of forgiveness, in Arafat outside Mecca, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 9, 2006. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Unaccompanied minor, a migrant from Afghanistan, showers on a cold day near an old train carriage where he and other migrants took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia on Feb 11, 2017. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Unaccompanied minor Liaqat, 12, a migrant from Khogyani, Afghanistan, cooks on a fire in an abandoned warehouse where he and other migrants took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia, Feb. 4, 2017. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

An Afghan refugee child chases bubbles released by other children, while playing on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Aug. 8, 2014. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

A Pakistani street barber, right, gives a haircut to a customer, reflected in a mirror, in Gujranwala, near Lahore, Pakistan, Jan. 6, 2011. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Afghan refugee Aisha Daoud, 4, holds a copy of the Quran while taking part in a daily class to learn how to read verses of the Quran, at a mosque in a poor neighborhood of Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Oct. 19, 2010. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Afghan boy Mahfouz Bahbah, 12, stands on a roadside hoping to sell his balloons during sunset in Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 18, 2011. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Pakistani girl, Kiran Riasat, 8, who works with her mother and father, seen in the background, in a brick factory, checks on her brother, Rizwan, 1.5, laying in a hammock attached on a bed, at the site of work, in the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 18, 2014. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Unaccompanied minor Caesar, 16, a migrant from Pakistan’s tribal area of Bajaur, prays in an abandoned warehouse where he and other migrants took refuge in Belgrade, Serbia, Feb. 3, 2017. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

An Iraqi woman reacts while she waits outside Baghdad’s Abu Ghraib prison for her loved one to be released on Jan. 8 2004. Hundreds of people waited in frustration for hours, hoping relatives would be among the first detainees that coalition officials said would be freed under a much-publicized amnesty. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Pakistani pedestrians and vehicles moving on a road are reflected in mirrors displayed for sale outside a mechanic shop, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, May 23, 2013. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Amineh Hamad, 58, a Syrian refugee from Eastern Ghouta near Damascus, shows a photograph of herself and her husband Ali Abdulqader, 58, at her shelter in the Ritsona refugee camp, Greece, Jan. 7, 2017. “It was the last time we visited the Roman site of Busra al-Sham, a sunny Friday during the summer of 2010, we had a barbecue, walked and laughed a lot, a day from life, we miss these days, we hope one day it will come back.” Amineh said. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Laundry of Syrian refugees is covered with snow while hung on a fence at the refugee camp of Ritsona about 86 kilometers (53 miles) north of Athens, Jan. 10, 2017. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

A Syrian refugee woman tends to her daughter while cooking inside her tent at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan, Aug. 26, 2015. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

An Afghan refugee man gives a haircut to a friend in an abandoned warehouse where they have taken refuge in Belgrade, Serbia, Feb. 22, 2017. Hundreds of migrants have been sleeping rough in freezing conditions in central Belgrade looking for ways to cross the heavily guarded EU borders. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Pakistani children seen from inside a rickshaw gathering in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 1, 2011. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Pakistani boy, Adil Shahid, 6, suffering from a fever, sleeps on the ground wrapped with a shawl, next to his mother Najma, 25, at the site of her work in a brick factory in Mandra, near Rawalpindi, Pakistan, March 3, 2014. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Palestinian youths and children play during sunset in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Feb. 9, 2008. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Demonstrators run to avoid tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops during a demonstration against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank village Bilin, near Ramallah, June 6, 2008. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Afghan refugee girls play in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Feb. 2, 2015. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

A wooden boat full of life jackets used by refugees and migrants to cross the Aegean sea from the Turkish coast remains on the shore of the Greek island of Lesbos, Nov. 23 , 2015. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

A Syrian rebel, sleeps after returning back from fighting against Syrian army forces in Aleppo, at a rebel headquarters in Marea on the outskirts of Aleppo city, Syria, Aug. 26, 2012. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Pakistani women cook for their family using a fire inside their makeshift home, in a slum in Islamabad, Pakistan, March 4, 2013. Slums which are built on illegal lands have neither running water or sewage disposal. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Bara’ah Alhammadi, 10, a Syrian migrant, is carried on the back of her father as they make their way along a railway track after crossing the Serbian-Hungarian border near Roszke, southern Hungary, Sept. 11, 2015. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

A Palestinian demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus uses a sling-shot to hurl stones at Israeli border police during a demonstration against Israel’s separation barrier in the West Bank village of Bilin near Ramallah, Dec. 26, 2008. Israel says the barrier is necessary for security while Palestinians call it a land grab. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Syrian refugee Huda Alsayil, 20, holds her son Mezwid, 7 days, while posing for a portrait inside her tent at an informal tented settlement near the Syrian border, on the outskirts of Mafraq, Jordan, Aug. 1, 2015. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

An Afghan refugee girl stands next to her family’s sheep in a field next to a slum area on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Oct. 1, 2012. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Pakistani schoolgirls, who were displaced with their families from Pakistan’s tribal areas due to fighting between militants and the army, chant prayers during a class to pay tribute for five female teachers and two aid workers who were killed by gunmen at a school in a slum on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 3, 2013. Gunmen in northwest Pakistan killed five female teachers and two aid workers on Tuesday in an ambush on a van carrying workers home from their jobs at a community center, officials said. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

Tourists ride rented horses and camels at the historical site of the Giza Pyramids, near Cairo, Egypt, a day before the Muslim Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice, Jan. 19, 2005. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen

A child is held by his mother as they wait to receive rice during a donated food distribution on the occasion of Prophet Mohammad’s birthday, at a shrine in Islamabad, Pakistan, Jan. 14, 2014. (Photo: Muhammed Muheisen/AP)