Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press Chief Photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Muheisen was born in 1981, graduated with a degree in journalism and political science. He is the Associated Press Chief Photographer for the Middle East, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.
Muheisen joined Associated Press in 2001, covering major events in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including the funeral of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the US led -war in Iraq, including the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, spent four years in Pakistan as AP’s Chief Photographer for the region.
Muhammed has covered, the Yemeni revolution, the Syrian civil war as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Egypt, Jordan, France, The Netherlands, South Africa, the funeral procession of Nelson Mandela.Most recently he has been documenting the refugee crisis across Europe.
His work has received numerous international awards, among others, Two-time Breaking News Pulitzer Prize winner in 2005 and 2013 for covering the war in Iraq and the civil war in Syria, POYI’s 2007 Picture of the Year from Saudi Arabia, and in 2014 the Oliver S. Gramling Award for journalism.
He was named TIME Magazine’s Best Wire Photographer of 2013. He was a participant of the prestigious World Press Photo 2012 Joop Swart Master Class, and most recently a member of the committee selecting the participants of the Joop Swart Master Class for 2015.
In 2011 he won the APME News Photos award for his series on unrest in Yemen and the John L. Dougherty Award for exemplary work by an AP staff member, who is 30 years old or younger. Gold and Bronze prizes in 11th Asia Media Awards 2012, first prize in 78th National Headliner Awards of 2012, Two prizes in the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar of 2009, a Prize in the French Festival Du Scoop of 2009 and a Prize in the National Headliner Awards of 2009.