About Will Baxter

Will Baxter is a documentary photographer based in Tbilisi, Georgia. His work focuses on the impacts of conflict, geopolitical upheaval and state-sponsored abuses – and how these play out in the lives of those affected.

 has documented conflicts in Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka; covered political upheaval in Thailand, Myanmar, Burundi and Kenya; photographed the aftermath of natural disasters such as Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar and Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines; and produced in-depth investigative work on issues including the ‘virgin trade’ in Cambodia, state-sponsored torture and gender-based violence in Sri Lanka, and illegal rosewood logging in the Cardamom Mountains.

His work has been published by The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, Der Spiegel, Stern, Marie Claire, Newsweek, The Guardian, and The Sunday Times among others.

Selected Awards & Recognitions

2022 – USAID Water for the World photo contest, 1st place

2021 – Interaction’s 18th annual photo contest, 1st place 

2019 – USAID Office of Food for Peace photo contest, winner 

2018 – Recipient of an Uncovering Security grant supported by Thomson Reuters Foundation, Stanley Center for Peace and Security, and Gerda Henkel Stiftung

2018 – Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards, shortlisted

2014 – Excellence in Reporting on the Environment, Society of Publishers in Asia awards, honorable mention 

2014 – Excellence in Investigative Reporting, Society of Publishers in Asia awards, finalist 

2013 – Features, WAN-IFRA Asia Media Awards, 1st Place

2012 – Breaking News, WAN-IFRA Asia Media Awards, 2nd place

2012 – Excellence in Investigative Reporting, Society of Publishers in Asia awards, 1st place

2010 – Alexia Foundation Grant, professional category, finalist

2009 – Featured in Stern Magazine’s ‘Year Book’

2009 – Featured in TIME Magazine’s ‘Year End’ issue

2008 – Featured in TIME Magazine’s ‘Pictures That Mattered’

2008 – Featured in Newsweek’s ‘Year in Review’ issue

2008 – Spot News, Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand photo contest, 1st Place


Exhibitions & Talks

2018 – Exhibition and talk on the war in Central African Republic, held at the Stanley Center for Peace and Security’s 59th Strategy for Peace Conference, in Warrenton, VA, USA

2018 – Exhibition on health workers, held in Bangui, Central African Republic 

2012  Exhibition about garment workers making apparel for the 2012 London Olympic Games, held in multiple cities in the United Kingdom and in Brno, Czech Republic

2010 – Talk and presentation on conflict photojournalism, at Columbia College Chicago, IL, USA

2010 – “War in Afghanistan,” projection at the Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2010 – “War in Afghanistan,” slideshow at the Fotografia Festival, Rome, Italy

2010 – “Sri Lanka: Tigerland,” slideshow at the Fotografia Festival, Rome, Italy

2008 – “Zimbabwe: Diary of Violence,” projection at the Angkor Photo Festival, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2008 – “Sri Lanka: Tigerland,” exhibition during La Fête cultural festival, sponsored by Alliance Française, Bangkok, Thailand