Tyler Hicks is a senior photographer for The New York Times. In 2014, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for his coverage of the massacre at the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya. That same year he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal Award and the Visa d’or News Award in Perpignan, France for this coverage.
He came to The New York Times as a contract photographer in Kenya in 1999, photographing news stories in East and West Africa. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Tyler went to Afghanistan for The Times and reached Kabul as the Northern Alliance liberated the city from Taliban control. He has returned to Afghanistan yearly and continues to document the conflict there. As a freelancer for The Times, Tyler lived with a Kosovar family while covering the Balkan conflict. Two years later, with an end to the conflict, he went to Africa to cover the escalating war between Eritrea and Ethiopia. He then moved to North Carolina, where he was a staff photographer for three years at The Wilmington Star-News. During this time, he photographed personal projects in Haiti, Albania, and Kosovo. Moved by the atrocities he saw in Kosovo, Tyler left his job to cover international news.
In 2001, he received the ICP Infinity Award for Photojournalism for his coverage of Afghanistan, as well as other awards, including World Press Photo and Visa Pour l’image in Perpignan, France. He was named Newspaper Photographer of the Year by Pictures of the Year International for his work in 2006. In 2009, he was part of the team that won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2010, his photographs from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with the war correspondence of his colleagues C.J. Chivers and Dexter Filkins and with whom he often worked, were selected by New York University as being among the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade. Tyler received a George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting in 2011.
Tyler graduated in 1992 with a degree in journalism from Boston University. He was born in São Paulo, Brazil, and now lives in Nairobi, Kenya. But he’s seldom home.