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Andrew Burton, United States

2016 Sony World Photography Awards - 3rd Place, Current Affairs, Professional Competition


Andrew Burton (b. 1987, USA) is a Pulitzer Prize finalist, documentary photographer and filmmaker with a focus in news, conflict and environmental issues. He is a former fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Investigative Reporting Program (2016-2017).


Burton's first feature film, Newtok, was acquired by Patagonia Films and released in 2022. Co-directed by Michael Kirby Smith, the film follows the village of Newtok, Alaska in their efforts to relocate their entire community due to climate change over a five year period. Burton is a founding partner of ROAN Films.


Burton's photographic work has been honored by: Pulitzer Prize (Finalist, 2016); Photographer of the Year International; Sundance Institute (Grantee, 2019); American Photography (32 & 34); PDN Photo Annual (2016 & 2018); Sony World Photo Awards; Jonathan Logan Family Foundation (Grantee, 2017 & 2018); Museum of New York (permanent collection, 2012); Fund for Investigative Journalism (Grantee, 2016); The Hearst Foundation; Society of Professional Journalists; Lumix Photo Festival; China International Press Photo Contest; New York Press Photographer's Association; College Photographer of the Year and Oregon Newspaper Publisher’s Association.


His work has been published in The New York Times; The Wall Street Journal; National Geographic; The New Yorker; TIME and The Guardian, amongst others. Burton has worked both as a staff photojournalist for Getty Images as well as a freelance photographer covering breaking news and long-term stories locally, nationally and internationally. He has been a Carnegie-Knight News21 fellow (2009) and was a student at Eddie Adams XXII. Burton has received first aid training for combat and wilderness wounds through Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC), Global Journalist Security and Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. He has a degree in journalism with a focus in photography from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.


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