Born 1984 in Jakarta.

Rony Zakaria graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Upon graduation he started his career as a photographer. He then studied photojournalism at Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara. In 2009 he studied on a fellowship at Asian Center For Journalism in Manila Philippines. Since then he has been working for international publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, Le Monde, Mare, GEO, The Guardian, Monocle, among others.

Rony has received several awards for his works which includes NPPA Best of Photojournalism, Roberto del Carlo Photolux award and Mochtar Lubis Award Grant. His works have also been exhibited in galleries and festival in Paris, Frankfurt, China, Bangladesh, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia. In 2013, he published his first book, Encounters, a collection of personal photographs taken since the beginning of his career.

Awards & Achivements

2016 . Best of Photography Award at Xishuangbanna Photo Festival, China

2015 . Roberto del Carlo Award at Photolux Lucca Photo Festival, Italy

2013 . Finalist in Kassel Photobook Dummy Award at Fotobook Festival

2012 . Selected as one of emerging Asian Photographers by Nikon Asia 

2011 . Third Place NPPA Best of Photojournalism in Non-Traditional Publishing

2011 . Mochtar Lubis Award Grant for Investigative reporting

2010 . Second Place NPPA Best of Photojournalism in Non-Traditional Publishing

2010 . First Prize Photo Stories TEMPO Best of Photojournalism

2009 . Fellowship from Konrad Adenauer Asian Center For Journalism

2008 . United Nations FAO Photographic Grant for Avian Culture issue

Editorial clients

The New York Times / TIME / GEO / Nat Geo / Le Monde / The Guardian / The Wall Street Journal / Vice / Inc. / Marie Claire / The Financial Times /  Bloomberg News / Mare / Monocle / Courrier International / DeVolkskrant / DestinAsian / TEMPO / Jakarta Post

Corporate clients

Microsoft / Asian Development Bank / The World Bank / GIZ / The Netherlands Embassy / AusAid / AirBnB / British Embassy / Holcim / CBI Europe / Novartis / Porsche Indonesia / Global Aid Network / Sinarmas / Maverick / Chuosenko


2016 . Men, Mountains & The Sea, Xishuangbanna photo festival, China

2016 . Men, Mountains & The Sea, Recontres d'Arles photo festival, France

2015 . Men, Mountains & The Sea, Photolux Photo Festival Lucca, Italy 

2015 . Beyond Transisi, Fotografie Frankfurt Forum, Frankfurt, Germany

2015 . Men, Mountains & The Sea, Beijing Photo Festival, China

2015 . Sugar Island, Foreign Correspondents Club Bangkok, Thailand

2014 . Men, Mountains & The Sea, Jakarta International Photo Summit, Indonesia

2014 . Show Me The Money, Singapore International Photo Festival, Singapore

2013 . Men, Mountains & The Sea, PhotoQuai, musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France

2013 . Show Me The Money, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany

2013 . Men, Mountains & The Sea, Obscura Photo Festival, Penang, Malaysia

2013 .  Encounters, Cipta Gallery, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia

2011 .  Diamond Dreams, Chobimela Photo Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2010 .  Living in X, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines

2009 .  In Harmonie, Chobimela Photo Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2008 .  Bali Bird Culture, ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism, Jakarta, Indonesia

2007 .  From Zero to Hero, ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism, Jakarta, Indonesia


Rony is a Leica Indonesia Ambassador and supported with Leica M10 camera and lens.