Untitled - 2011
A rebel fighter celebrates as his comrades fire a rocket barrage toward the positions of troops loyal to Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi April 14, 2011 west of Ajdabiyah, Libya. Rebels exchanged artillery and rocket fire with loyalist troops west of Ajdabiyah April 14 as the confict engulfing Libya continued.
Awards: Part of 2012 Pulitzer Prize nominated portfolio
Chris Hondros (1970-2011) was an American Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist. Born in New York City to immigrant Greek and German parents, he moved to North Carolina as a child. After studying English literature at North Carolina State and taking his Master's degree at Ohio's School of Visual Communications, Hondros returned to New York to concentrate on international reporting.
Hondros, who was awarded a USAID Photojournalism Grant in 1999 and was a fellow at the Pew Fellowship for International Reporting at Johns Hopkins University in 2001, covered most of the world's major conflicts since the late 1990s, including wars in Kosovo, Angola, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Kashmir, the West Bank, Iraq, Haiti, Liberia and Libya. His work has appeared on the covers of magazines such as Newsweek and The Economist, and on the front pages of most major American newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Los Angeles Times.
Hondros, a staff photographer for Getty Images since 2000, received dozens of awards, including multiple honors from World Press Photo in Amsterdam, the International Pictures of the Year Competition, Visa Pour L'Image in France, and the John Faber award from the Overseas Press Club. In 2006 he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal, war photography's highest honor, for his work in Iraq. He was also named a 2007 "Hero of Photography" by American Photo magazine, and was a 2008 National Magazine Award finalist. Hondros was a two-time Nominated Finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for his work in Liberia in 2004 and his work on the Arab Spring in 2011.
Hondros was killed while on assignment in Misrata, Libya on April 20, 2011.