David Gray


David Gray began his career as a cadet photographer at The Australian newspaper in 1989.

Since joining Reuters in 1995, he has extensively covered news and sporting events in Asia, the South Pacific region, North and South America, Europe and Africa. In 2003, Gray was appointed Chief Photographer Australia/The Pacific, until 2007 when he moved to Beijing, China as a Specialist Photographer. In China he travelled to more than 20 provinces, covering news and sporting events that included civil unrest in Xinjiang and Tibet, the Sichuan earthquake and assignments in North Korea.

In April 2009, he spent two months in Sri Lanka to oversee coverage for the ending of the 25-year civil war between government troops and the Tamil Tigers.

Gray has also covered six Summer Olympic Games and four Winter Olympic Games, more than 25 Australian Open tennis tournaments, over a dozen World Cup tournaments for football, cricket and rugby, plus numerous world athletics and swimming championships. He also was in charge of organising logistics for Reuters for the 2010 Asian Games in China, two Commonwealth Games, a world swimming championship, and a cricket and rugby World Cup.

He moved back to Australia in 2013, covering news and sport in the Australia and Asia Pacific region. In 2019, he became a freelance photographer, working for such clients as The New York Times, Getty Images, Bloomberg, AAP, SailGP and the AELTC Wimbledon Tennis Championships, until July 2023, when he joined the Agence France Presse (AFP) news agency in Sydney.

World Press Photo Involvement:
2019 World Press Photo Contest winner

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