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.