Fiona Shields

United Kingdom

Fiona Shields has over twenty years' picture editing experience across a range of newspaper titles.

She was picture editor of the Guardian for ten years before taking up the role of head of Photography for the Guardian News and Media Group. Throughout her career she has been involved in the coverage of some of the most historic news stories of our time including the events surrounding 9/11, the terror attacks in London and across Europe, conflicts around the world from Bosnia to Iraq and Afghanistan, the revolution of the Arab spring and the continuing violence in the Middle East, large scale natural disasters such as the earthquakes in Haiti, tsunamis in southern Asia, famine in Sub-Saharan Africa and humanitarian crises such as the growing refugee numbers across the globe. 

In addition she has delivered talks at photo festivals, mentoring students of photojournalism and has enjoyed judging the Sony World Photography Awards, The Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize, and the Renaissance Photography Awards, to name a few. In 2019, she joined the panel for the Carmignac Photojournalism Award. She is also a regular nominator for the prestigious Prix Pictet Prize.

Twitter: @fshields

Fiona Shields

Portrait credit: Linda Nylind