David Guttenfelder has spent his career as a photojournalist living outside of his native USA. He began as a freelancer in East Africa after completing his studies in Swahili at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Guttenfelder spent 20 years as a photojournalist for the Associated Press based in Nairobi, Abidjan, New Delhi, Jerusalem, and Tokyo covering news in more than 75 countries around the world. He is the only western photographer to have had regular access to North Korea, making more than 40 trips to the otherwise-isolated country.
He is a National Geographic Photography Fellow focusing on geopolitics, conservation, and culture. Guttenfelder has covered major conservation stories for National Geographic, including Japan’s Fukushima nuclear meltdown, the damming of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia, the opium trade in Afghanistan, and the killing of migratory songbirds in the Mediterranean for food, profit, and sport.
He is an eight-time World Press Photo Award winner, the International Center for Photography Infinity Prize Winner, and a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Guttenfelder has also been recognized for his advertising photography and writing, including a 2015 Lion for Integrated Campaign led by PR at the Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity. He is an influencer and industry leader in social media. He was named 2014 Instagram Photographer of the Year by TIME magazine. His personal Instagram account reaches more than 850,000 followers each day. He is represented by National Geographic Creative.