Andrew McConnell

London, United Kingdom

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Irish/British, 1977

Andrew McConnell was born in Ireland and began his career as a press photographer working for a daily newspaper in Belfast during the closing stages of the conflict in Northern Ireland and the transition to peace.

In 2003 he left press photography to concentrate on documentary work driven by a desire to tell the stories of people and places that remain under-reported in the international media. Since then he has worked in-depth on issues such as the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for which he was awarded the Luis Valutena Humanitarian Photography Award; E-waste in Ghana; surfers in the Gaza strip and life in Damascus during the civil war in Syria.

In 2009 he completed a series on the forgotten Sahrawi people of Western Sahara, for which he was awarded the 1st place in the portrait story category of the World Press Photo awards. A follow-up project on the issue of urban refugees - Hidden Lives - took him to 8 cities worldwide and resulted in exhibitions in London and New York.

Among numerous awards, McConnell has won two 1st place prizes at the World Press Photo Awards, four National Press Photographers Association awards (including the prestigious Best of Show), and 2 Sony World Photography Awards. His images have appeared worldwide in publications such as National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Time, New York Times, Der Spiegel, Stern, Le Monde, and the Sunday Times Magazine.

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The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains a country in turmoil years after the end of the 1998-2003 civil war and various other localised conflicts since.

Typhoon Haiyan made landfall on 8 November 2013 and was one of the deadliest typhoons to hit the Philippines, killing over 6,000 people.

After more than two months of heavy fighting the battle for Mosul continues unabated, even as the news media’s gaze has long ago moved on to other matters.

Soon after becoming President of the newly independent Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev made an announcement that shocked the nation.

No one knows the actual number of people who have died attempting to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Africa to Europe.

A new outdoor exhibition produced in collaboration with Concern Worldwide shows how people in five countries disasters such as floods, earthquakes, armed conflict or disease.

Among Syria’s millions of displaced people and refugees, it is the elderly that are often worst affected and least equipped to adapt to their new environments.

For thousands of people who fled their homes in Iraq and Syria from the onslaught of the Islamic State (ISIL) winter in a refugee camp can be a huge challenge.

Over four years after the catastrophic Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster northeast of Tokyo, the efforts to decontaminate a vast area around the stricken reactor faces formidable obstacles.

Where do our computers go when they die?

The salt lake at Katwe in western Uganda is the most important natural resource in the area, and some 700 men, women and children make a living from it.

Andrew McConnell photographed Saharawis from all walks of life, creating a fascinating portrait of this still disputed region.

On the rapids of the Congo River, the Wagenia people practice a form of fishing perfected over hundreds of years.

The dire shortage of building materials in Gaza has spawned a busy recycling industry.

Deep in the lush jungle of central DR Congo, the Yangambi research station is a crumbling relic of Belgian colonial ambitions in the heart of Africa~~Yangambi Research Station is the former Belgian headquarters for all major ecological, biological and agricultural research in Africa between the 1930s and 1960.

The untold story of urban refugees, a project and exhibition funded by IRC and ECHO showing at St Pancras International in London from 6 to 31 January 2013.

Over 20 years after the end of Lebanon’s devastating civil war which made its capital Beirut synonymous with wanton destruction and urban devastation, the country is once again seeing flaring sectarian tensions, fanned by the civil war in neighbouring Syria.

As war rages in Syria, life in the country’s capital goes on.

In cramped, blockaded Gaza surfing has become a popular and therapeutic pastime~~Freedom of movement for Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip has been so restricted in recent years that the territory is commonly referred to as the largest open-air prison on earth.