"I shoot for the common man who wants to see and feel a story from a place where he can't be present himself."

Danish Siddiqui

(1983-2021)

About

Danish Siddiqui was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who served as the chief photographer of the Reuters multimedia team in India.

Before his foray into photojournalism, Danish was a television correspondent with India’s leading news networks. 

As a photojournalist, Danish covered several important stories in Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. His works included covering the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the COVID-19 pandemic in India, Indian citizenship law protests, Sri Lanka Easter bombing victims, the Rohingya refugee crisis, Hong Kong protests, Nepal earthquakes, the Mass Games in North Korea, and living conditions of asylum seekers in Switzerland.

Danish’s work got widely published in scores of magazines, newspapers, slideshows, and galleries – including National Geographic Magazine, New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, Forbes, Newsweek, NPR, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, Bangkok Post, Sydney Morning Herald, The LA Times, Boston Globe, The Globe and Mail, Le Figaro, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Stern, Berliner Zeitung, The Independent, The Telegraph, Gulf News, Libèration and various other publications.

Danish had been honored with various photojournalism awards in the USA, England, China, Hong Kong, India, etc.

On 16th July 2021, while documenting the Afghan Special Forces mission to retake the town of Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, near the Pakistan border, the Taliban captured him, shot him dead, and then brutally mutilated his body, including running a Humvee over him. His embed in such a highly volatile region has been a subject of intense discussions among journalists and media security experts. It has once again put the spotlight on journalist safety in conflict zones.

Danish’s powerful images carry deep meanings covering a broad spectrum of society and always creating lasting impressions. Despite rising to great heights in photojournalism, he always chose to be in the area through perseverance and hard work, capturing the various perspectives of the agony and pain of the oppressed people in some of the most challenging locations in the world. His courage and boldness sent a strong message of professional integrity to the fraternity and the world. 

Danish Siddiqui’s valor and eminence will stay etched in history, and journalism will profoundly remember him forever through his pathbreaking photographs and contributions.

2012

China International Press Photo Contest

Gold Award, Economy, Science & Technology News, Singles

2013

Sony World Photography Awards

Arts and Culture Category

2013

Media Foundation of India (MFI)

Sports Singles Category

2014

Atlanta Photojournalism Awards

3rd Place, Feature Category

2017

Atlanta Photojournalism Awards

1st Place, Feature Category

2018

The Pulitzer Prize

Feature Photography (Photography staff of Reuters)

2020

Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journlism Award

Category: Uncovering India Invisible

2021

Hong Kong 25th Human Rights Press Awards

Photography (Series) and Photography (Single Image) Categories

2021

Visa pour l'Image Photojournalism Festival

Exhibition "Documenting India’s Greatest Healthcare Crisis"

2021

RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism

Journalist of the Year

2021

Reuters The Baron Award

Honors an individual who exemplifies the Reuters tradition of integrity and journalistic excellence

2022

NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards

Second Place , General News Category held by National Press Photographers Association , USA

2022

Photojournalist of The Year

Reuters Journalists of The Year Awards Photo of The Year

2022

Photo of The Year

Reuters

2022

Hugo Shong Journalist of The Year Award

For Reporting on Asia Affairs

2022

The Pulitzer Prize

From
DANISH'S work

Danish Siddiqui’s portfolio stands as a testament to his fearless dedication to capturing the truth. His powerful photojournalism vividly documented pivotal moments and untold stories from around the world, highlighting the human impact of global events. As we honor his legacy, we invite you to explore his compelling body of work, which continues to inspire and drive change.

View Danish's Portfolio of Work

Remembrance Corner

“He was a man with a magical eye and was rightly regarded as one of the foremost photojournalists of this era. If a picture can tell a thousand words, his photos were novels”

Don’t look away

The Indian Express

The truth in Danish Siddiqui’s photographs

by Naimisha, The Indian Express

Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), France

Stele of the Bayeux Reporters Memorial 2021

Overseas Press Club of America

Candle of Remembrance honoring Danish Siddiqui

Foreign Correspondents Club, HK

Exhibition Celebrating Danish Siddiqui's work

Mumbai Press Club, India

Photo Exhibition remembering the work of Danish Siddiqui