'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 was a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist who headed the Reuters multimedia team in India as its Chief Photographer.
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, Rohingya refugees crisis, Hong Kong protests, Nepal earthquakes, 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 carried deep meanings which covered a broad spectrum of society and always created a lasting impression. Despite rising to great heights in the photojournalism field, 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 out 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.
China International Press Photo Contest 2012
Gold Award, Economy, Science & Technology News, Singles
Sony World Photography Awards 2013
Arts and Culture Category
Media Foundation of India (MFI) 2013
Sports Singles Category
Atlanta Photojournalism Awards 2014
3rd Place, Feature Category
Atlanta Photojournalism Awards 2017
1st Place, Feature Category
The Pulitzer Prize 2018
Feature Photography ( Photography staff of Reuters)
Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journlism Award 2020
Category: Uncovering India Invisible
Hong Kong 25th Human Rights Press Awards 2021
Photography (Series) and Photography (Single Image) Categories
Visa pour l'Image Photojournalism Festival 2021
Exhibition "Documenting India’s Greatest Healthcare Crisis"
RedInk Awards for Excellence in Journalism 2021
Journalist of the Year
NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards 2022
Second Place , General News Category held by National Press Photographers Association , USA
Reuters The Baron Award 2021
Honors an individual who exemplifies the Reuters tradition of integrity and journalistic excellence
Photojournalist of The Year 2022
Reuters Journalists of The Year Awards
Photo of The Year 2022
Reuters Journalists of The Year Awards
Hugo Shong Journalist of The Year Award 2022
For Reporting on Asia Affairs
The Pulitzer Prize 2022
"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"
Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF), France
Overseas Press Club of America
Foreign Correspondents Club, HK
Mumbai Press Club, India