2017 Magnum Photography Award – Winner Photojournalism Series

Photographer, Jason Florio, The Gambia, West Africa - image credit Lamin Ndong

Photographer, Jason Florio, Kembujeh, The Gambia, West Africa – image credit Lamin Ndong


Jason Florio is an NYC, Malta, and West Africa based award-winning photographer and writer from London. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a freelance photojournalist around the globe for publications including The New Yorker, New York Times, Outside, Newsweek, Virginia Quarterly Review, Men’s Journal, and Sunday Times Travel. At the beginning of his career he had gained recognition after being one of the last photographers in Afghanistan to photograph the anti-Taliban commander Ahmed Shah Massoud in August 2001, who was assassinated by Al Qaeda operatives on September 9th, then to be at the foot of the World Trade Center on September 11th as it collapsed.

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Jason was awarded the ‘Joy of Giving Something’ grant in 2004 to produce the first ever assigned story for Aperture in their 50-year history, called ‘This is Libya’, which is now part of the permanent collection of The Forward Thinking Museum. His work on Afghanistan is in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art in New York, as well as a number of private collections.



November – December 2009 – Along with his wife, photography producer, and writer, Helen Jones-Florio, he spent the last three months of 2009 making a 930 km expedition on foot of The Gambia, West Africa to produce a series of portraits of African chiefs for which in part he was given fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society in London. The resulting body of work from the journey, titled ‘Silafando: A Gift to You on Behalf of my Journey’ won Florio The International Photography Awards – People Photographer of the Year 2010. The Gambia has been a place Florio regularly returns to. For the past fourteen years, he has made yearly trips there to work on a long-term project of the people living in and around a sacred forest called Makasutu. The culminating body of work was shown in New York in 2009 in a solo exhibition and the work won a Black and White magazine Spotlight Award, as well as garnering him a nomination for the Santa Fe Prize for Photography. Part of the Makasutu series was acquired by the Haggerty Museum of Art.

November 2012-January 2013 – Successfully completed the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1044km source-sea African odyssey‘ – along with his wife, producer Helen Jones-Florio, they followed the 1044km course of the River Gambia, by canoe and local transport along one of Africa’s last free-flowing major rivers, from Guinea-Conakry to the Gambia, West Africa, creating a document of the people and cultures along the river’s length. The resulting body of work is ‘River Gambia‘.

In 2014 Jason, and Helen, sponsored by the US Embassy, Banjul, worked on a series of photography workshops, in The Gambia, West Africa:  ‘Photos Tell Stories: teaching photography – a visual language



2021 CAP Prize – Shortlist – ‘Gambia – Victims & Resisters’

2020 Px3 – Gold Medal – ‘Gambia – Victims & Resisters’

2020 The Fence Photoville – ‘Gambia – Victims & Resisters’

2020 International Photography Award – Honourable Mention – ‘Deeper Perspective’- ‘Gambia – Victims & Resisters’

2019 LensCulture Finalist Portrait Awards –

2018 Contemporary African Photography Prize – short listed

2018 American Photography 34 (AI-AP)

2018 LensCulture Exposure Awards – Jurors’ Pick

2017 Magnum Photography Award – Winner – Photojournalism
2016 Virginia Quarterly Review – Prize for Photography
2014 ASME nomination – Feature Photography/VQR ‘Life on the River Gambia’
2014 SND (Society of News Design) – Award of Excellence /Mogadishu Portraits’
2013 SPD Awards – via Trunk Magazine – Silver Medal for Distinctive Achievement (Travel)
2013 Virginia Quarterly Review – Prize for Photography
2012 International Photography Award – Honorable Mention ‘Professional’
2012 Portrait Salon – 2012 Selections
2012 Px3 Silver Medal – Portraiture/Culture category
2012 Black & White Spider Awards – ‘Distinction of Honor’ – Winner ‘Portrait’  category
2011 Px3 Gold Medal –  Photojournalism –  War
2011 Px3 Bronze Medal People’s Choice Award
2011 One Life International Photography Awards – Winner ‘People’
2010 International Photography Awards –  over all winner ‘People’ category
2010 International Photography Awards –  1st place ‘People: Culture’  category
2010 Forward Thinking Museum – winner of the 2nd Quarter Photography Contest
2010 NY Photo Festival, Honorary Mention – fine art/personal series
2010 PDN Faces –  Finalist
2010 CDS/Daylight Awards, Honorary Mention – Project Prize
2009 Center, Review Santa Fe – Nominee
2009 Black and White magazine – Spot Light Award
2009 PDN – Finalist – Travel Portrait


2017 EU Migration Media Award – European Union
2013 Arts and Cultural Grant – US Embassy
2004  Joy of Giving Something – Aperture Grant

Museum collections

Permanent collection of the Huai’an Museum of Art, China
Permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, NY
Permanent collection of Forward Thinking Museum, NY
Permanent collection of The Haggerty Museum, Milwaukee, USA

To check out more, please visit floriophoto.com/bio

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