Born 1984 in Jakarta.

Rony Zakaria is a photographer based in Indonesia. He studied photography at Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara and Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. Zakaria’s work focuses on how historical, sociocultural and religious underpinnings of daily life shape his native country, Indonesia. He has been commissioned by publications like The New York Times, GEO, and Monocle. Zakaria has also participated in exhibitions with institutions and platforms like the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Recontres d'Arles, and Chobimela Photo Festival. He has published two monographs: Encounters (2013) and Men, Mountains & the Sea (2019). 

Awards & Achivements

2019 . Objectifs Documentary Award, Singapore

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


2020 . Pantura: Where Are You Mr. Daendels, Objectifs Center, Singapore

2020 . Toraja: A Celebration of Life, Leica Gallery Jakarta, Indonesia

2019 . Leica Ambassadors: Nusantara, Plaza Senayan, Indonesia

2019 . Men, Mountains & The Sea, JIPFEST photo festival, Indonesia

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 cameras and lens.

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