Rodrigo Abd was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Oct. 27, 1976. His career began as a staff photographer in the Argentine newspapers La Razón and La Nación in Buenos Aires 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 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 was twice embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan in Kandahar province. In 2011, he covered the political conflict in Libya, and in 2012, the Syrian armed conflict.
In 2013, Abd, along with fellow AP photographers Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for his gripping work covering the Syrian civil war. He is now based in Lima, Peru.
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Melinda Quispe walks on the trash-strewn shore of Lake Titicaca in her village of Kapi Cruz Grande, in the Puno region of Peru on Feb. 4, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Fifteen-year-old Aldair Monchea poses for a portrait in the Sinakara Valley, in Peru’s Cusco region, during the Qoyllur Rit’i festival, translated from the Quechua language as Snow Star, on June 12, 2017. Aldair, who represents the Tahuantinsuyo nation, performs in a colonial war dance known as Sarge Pusay that plays out an acrimonious battle over land boundaries. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A soldier applies camouflage paint to a comrade’s neck before the start of a military parade, part of the Independence Day celebrations in Lima, Peru, July 29, 2017. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A child holds a bowl of hot food as the Avila family has lunch at their home in Coata, a small village on the shore of Lake Titicaca in the Puno region of Peru on Feb. 4, 2017. Lake Titicaca was once worshipped by Incas who proclaimed its deep blue waters the birthplace of the sun, but today, high levels of mercury, cadmium, zinc and copper are found in the fish locals consume, according to a 2014 government study. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
An activist with her hand painted black to symbolize the contamination of oil takes part in a protest performance demanding measures to prevent oil spills, outside the national oil company in Lima, Peru, Aug. 22, 2016. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A Quechua indigenous woman holds her identification card before voting during general elections in Iquicha, Peru, April 10, 2016. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A woman holding a portrait of Cuban leader Fidel Castro cries moments after his funeral procession passes by in Bayamo, Cuba, Dec. 2, 2016. Castro’s ashes were traveling on a four-day journey across Cuba, through small towns and cities where his rebel army fought its way to power nearly 60 years ago, to their final resting place in the eastern city of Santiago. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A woman holds up an Argentine flag smeared with black paint, as mourners gather near the funeral home where a private wake is being held for prosecutor Alberto Nisman in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Jan. 28, 2015. On the day after he was found dead in his apartment on Jan. 18, the prosecutor was scheduled to appear before congress to detail his allegations that President Cristina Fernandez had conspired to protect some of the Iranian suspects in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
The foot of a day laborer is surrounded by garlic bulbs as she works in a field in the Tambo Valley, Arequipa, Peru, on May 30, 2015. The woman earns $20 U.S. for a nine-hour workday that includes a 30-minute break to eat. Most living in the fertile coastal valley say they are more than happy to sacrifice the current crop if it means preventing Mexico’s biggest mining company from going ahead with a copper extraction project that they fear will contaminate the Tambo Valley. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Riot police detain men during a land eviction in Lima, Peru, in May 2015. Hundreds of people were squatting on land that, according to the Ministry of Culture, is an archaeological site.
The shoes of small-scale fisherman Alvaro del Carmen, 51, are seen on the deck of his boat near Chorrillos harbor in Lima, Peru, on Sept. 23, 2015. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A masked anti-government protester holds a piece of metal in Caracas, Venezuela, on Feb. 22, 2014. After the opposition rally broke up in the late afternoon, in a pattern seen in previous demonstrations, about 1,000 stragglers erected barricades of trash and other debris and threw rocks and bottles at police and National Guardsmen. The troops responded with volleys of tear gas to prevent the students from reaching a highway and blocking traffic. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Women embrace as they sit in front of a line of the National Bolivarian Guard outside the Palace of Justice in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 19, 2014. After a dramatic surrender and a night in jail, Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez was due in court to learn what charges he faced for allegedly provoking violence during protests against the socialist government in the divided nation. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A woman walks amid riot policemen during a protest organized by artisanal and small-scale gold miners in Lima, Peru, March 24, 2014. The miners marched in the country’s capital for the fifth day, asking the government to repeal regulations aimed at formalizing informal miners. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A demonstrator shows injuries caused by rubber bullets fired by the police during anti-government protest in Valencia, Venezuela, on Feb. 26, 2014. The protests began with students and were soon joined by others in several cities, upset over crime, economic problems and heavy-handed government response to the protests. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Fausta Ortiz, 38, stands guard over the Pastoruri glacier while carrying her daughter Lisoyun, 2, in Huaraz, Peru, Dec. 4, 2014. According to Alejo Cochachin, coordinator of the glaciology unit, the Pastoruri glacier retreated 576 meters between 1980 and 2014. Peru’s glaciers have lost more one-fifth of their mass in just three decades, and 70 percent of the 30 million people in Peru who inhabit the Pacific coastal desert depend on glacial runoff for hydropower and to irrigate crops. This means their electricity and long-term food security could also be at risk. Higher alpine temperatures are killing off plant and animal species in cloud forests, and scientists predict Pacific fisheries will suffer. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
An orange ribbon outlines skeletal remains in a mass grave unearthed in the village Paccha of Peru on Sept. 8, 2014. For three decades, the soil of this unpopulated hamlet on the Andean slopes beside the Apurimac river guarded bodies of villagers slain by security forces who considered them adherents of the Shining Path rebels. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)
A protester wearing a gas mask made from plastic water bottles poses for a picture during an opposition protest blocking a highway outside La Carlota airport in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 18, 2014.(Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A woman throws a rock and a bag at riot policemen who block her way home in Huepetuhe district in Peru’s Madre de Dios region in Peru, Monday, April 28, 2014. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Eudicia Urbano, 70, standing in front of her former home, near the spot where her husband Marcial Escalante died, weeps as she retells how he was tortured and killed by Shining Path rebels, in Chaca, Peru on June 16, 2013. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A family escapes from fierce fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government troops in Idlib, north Syria, on March 10, 2012. This image was one in a series of 20 by AP photographers that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Marvin Vega unloads a crate of anchovies from the holding area of a
boliche, the Peruvian term for boats used by fishermen who fish with nets, at the port of El Callao, Peru, on on Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A worker is seen partially submerged under water as he tries to repair a broken pipe in Caracas, Venezuela, Sept. 26, 2012. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Women, one holding a balloon, attend a procession honoring “The Lord of Miracles,” the patron saint of Lima, in Lima, Peru, Oct. 18, 2012. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Free Syrian Army fighters ride a motorbike to approach Syrian Army tanks in Idlib, northern Syria, on March 11, 2012. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Hana, 12, flashes the victory sign next to her sister Eva, 13, as they recover from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled their house in Idlib, in northern Syria, on March 10, 2012. Their father and two siblings were killed after their home was shelled. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A column of policemen move into a gold mining camp as part of an operation to eradicate illegal mining in the area known as La Pampa, in Peru’s Madre de Dios region on Nov. 12, 2014. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Marvin Vega unloads a crate of anchovies from the holding area of a “boliche,” the Peruvian term for boats that are used by fishermen who fish with nets, at the port of El Callao, Peruon on Dec. 7, 2012. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
Aida cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian Army shelled her house in Idlib, north Syria. Aida’s husband and two of her children were killed after their home was shelled, March 10, 2012. This image was one in a series of 20 by AP photographers that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
The hand of sugar cane worker Isaias is covered by ash as he works on a field near Retalhuleu, Guatemala. Sugar is Guatemala’s most important agricultural export, making Guatemala the fifth largest sugar exporter in the world, Nov. 26, 2011. The industry employs around 350,000 people, with people migrating from all parts of Guatemala, during the harvest season from October to March. Sugar cane workers earn around 60 quetzales per day, around $8 U.S. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
The silhouette of an effigy representing Moammar Gadhafi is hung, during a protest in Benghazi, Libya, Monday, May 16, 2011. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, announced Monday that he would seek arrest warrants against the leader of Libya, Moammar Gadhafi, his son Seif al-Islam and the country’s intelligence chief on charges of crimes against humanity. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
In this photo taken on Wednesday Oct. 19, 2011, a youth who goes by the name Paleta searches for metal in contaminated water by a tunnel where the water from sewage converges with storm water runoff at the bottom of one of the biggest trash dumps in the city, known as “the Mine,” in Guatemala City. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A man performs the traditional “El Torito” dance at the Rabin Ajau National Folkloric Festival and Indian beauty contest in Coban, Guatemala, July 30, 2011. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
In this photo taken on Wednesday Oct. 5, 2011, a man who gave only his first name, Wilmer, carries a sack of metal he collected after working the entire day at the bottom of one of the biggest trash dumps in the city, known as “the Mine,” in Guatemala City. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)
A U.S. Army soldier takes cover from dust whipped up by a departing helicopter at Combat Outpost Terra Nova in Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 19, 2010.
An Afghan army soldier poses after swimming in a canal near the joint Afghan-U.S. base COP Nolen, in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, July 22, 2010. (Photo: Rodrigo Abd/AP)