Emilio Morenatti, a native of Spain who studied graphic design, started working as a photojournalist for a local newspaper in 1989. In 1992, he joined the Spanish news agency Efe. He has worked exclusively for the Associated Press since March 2004.
In 2009, Pictures of the Year International named him newspaper photographer of the Year and the National Headliner Award gave him their highest honor, a gold medal. In 2010, The National Press Association of America named him the Photographer of the Year.