Close up: Photographer Ben Curtis

Ben Curtis is The Associated Press' East Africa photographer based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Born in Oxford, England he graduated in law from the University of Sheffield and worked as a staff photographer for the UK Press Association in both London and Scotland, before joining the AP in 2003. 

Prior to his current position, he occupied the roles of photo editor and chief photographer for the Middle East based in Cairo, Egypt and West Africa photographer based in Dakar, Senegal.

He has covered assignments across the Middle East and Africa including conflicts in Libya, South Sudan, Liberia, Egypt, Gaza, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast and Kenya, as well as two Olympic Games.

His awards include World Press Photo 1st prize for spot news, Pictures of the Year International, Bayeux Award for War Correspondents, National Press Photographers Association, and the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar.


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