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David Guttenfelder is a National Geographic Photography Fellow focusing on geopolitical conflict, conservation and culture.
Guttenfelder spent 20 years as a photojournalist for the Associated Press based in Nairobi, Abidjan, New Delhi, and Tokyo covering news in nearly 100 countries around the world.
In 2011, he helped the AP open a bureau in North Korea, the first western news agency to have an office in the otherwise-isolated country. Guttenfelder has made more than 40 trips to North Korea.
Guttenfelder is a eight-time World Press Photo Award winner and a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the 2013 ICP Infinity Prize winner for photojournalism and a winner of the Overseas Press Club of America John Faber, Olivier Rebbot, & Feature Photography awards. Pictures of the Year International and the NPPA have named him Photojournalist of the Year. He was short listed for the National Magazine Award for public interest in 2014.
Guttenfelder is an influencer and industry leader in smartphone photography and social media. He was named inaugural Instagram Photographer of the Year by TIME magazine, received the Shorty Award for online photography, and the Online Journalism Award. His North Korea mobile phone photography was exhibited at the Visa pour l'Image in Perpignan, France, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago and at the Cortona Photo Festival in Tuscany. He was part of the panel lecture, "Instagraming the News", at the SXSW digital conference. He taught the firs National Geographic Explorer's Smartphone Photography workshop in San Francisco in 2015. He is the founder of the Instagram collectives @everydayUSA and @everydayDPRK. Through his personal instagram account, he engages with more than 950,000 followers.
Guttenfelder has also been recognized for his advertising photography and writing, including a Lion for Integrated Campaign led by PR at the Cannes Lion Festival of Creativity, 2016 honors from D&AD for press advertising, the 2016 AICP award for best Public Service campaign.
He has exhibited his photography The Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles, the Council on Foreign Relations in New York; The Brooklyn Museum, “El Valor del Momento” in Havana, Cuba, at Visa pour l’lmage in Perpignan, France; and Spain’s Encuento International de Foto Periodismo where he won the “Cuidad de Gijon” International Journalism Prize. His work from the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan was part of “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and It’s Aftermath” at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Guttenfelder is a frequent keynote event speaker, having appeared in the NatGeoLive! lecture series, Mountain Film Festival in Telluride, Colorado, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, and many others.
As an educator and workshop lead, Guttenfelder has taught National Geographic Explorer's photography workshops, been a team leader at the Eddie Adams Workshop, Visons Workshop Photo Camp at Montana's Crow Reservation, and was a trustee and teacher with the Indochina Media Memorial Foundation's annual workshops in Vietnam. He has been a professional in residence and lecturer at many U.S. universities. He has served as a jury member for World Press Photo, the Getty Instagram Grant, and Pictures of the Year International.
Born in the U.S. state of Iowa, he graduated from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, African Studies and Journalism.