Middle East and Africa Editor, Reuters Pictures

I’ve worked at Reuters for over twenty years, first as an international news photographer based in London, then as Chief Photographer Asia, shaping the news coverage of a turbulent region. Then, back in London, I coordinated photographers worldwide to produce picture packages targeted at telling the in-depth story behind breaking news which Reuters brands as The Wider Image. At the same time driving Reuters picture content on our Instagram and Twitter feeds. Now I am in charge of Reuters breaking news and in-depth pictures coverage in my present role Middle East and Africa Editor, Reuters Pictures.


The picture business is changing fast and faces many challenges. Platform and hand-held device technology is altering the way people consume news and information. Aggregators of news via social media, smart phones and the rise of the citizen-journalist all mean that today’s consumer expects to see breaking news pictures instantly and for free.


And while social media has impressive scope, it can be a free-for-all that lacks journalistic integrity. At the heart of what I am trying to do is exploring new ways for our photographers to develop the potential of sophisticated long form story-telling, which cannot be professionally executed by citizen journalists. At the same time ensuring we continue to cover the breaking top-news with speed, accuracy and quality, finding ways to embrace the power of social media without handing away our Trust Principles and ethical credibility.

To see the latest examples of long form story-telling click on the template on the right of this page. To access the award winning Wider Image App click on the picture left.

Chanting and flailing themselves in mourning for Imam Hussein, hundreds of thousands of Shi'ite Muslims from around the world gathered in the Iraqi city of Kerbala on Friday for one of the most sacred rituals in their religious calendar. Arbain marks the culmination of a 40-day mourning period for Imam Hussein, a grandson of the Prophet Mohammed who was killed in a 7th century battle in Kerbala.