Carol Guzy was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and lived there until 1978 when she completed her studies at Northampton County Area Community College, graduating with an Associate's degree in Registered Nursing.   A change of heart led her to the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida to study photography. She graduated in 1980 with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Photography.

She interned at The Miami Herald and upon graduation was hired as a staff photographer. She spent eight years at the newspaper before moving to Washington, DC in 1988 where she became a staff photographer at The Washington Post through 2014.  She is currently freelance.  

She is the first journalist to receive a fourth Pulitzer - for coverage of the Haitian earthquake in 2010.  Previously she was honored twice with the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for her coverage of the military intervention in Haiti and the devastating mudslide in Armero, Colombia.  She received a third Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for her work in Kosovo. She has been named Photographer of the Year for the National Press Photographers Association three times and nine times for the White House News Photographers Association and has earned many other prestigious awards in her  chosen profession of photojournalism.  She specializes on long-form documentary human interest projects and news stories, both domestic and international and is currently a contract photographer with ZUMA Press.


- Independent photojournalist, Current

- ZUMA Press, Contract Photographer, Current

- Staff Photographer, The Washington Post 1988-2014

- Staff Photographer, The Miami Herald 1980-1988

- Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale:  Associate's Degree in Applied Science for Photography 1980, Highest Achievement Award 
- Northampton County Area Community College (PA):  Associate's Degree Nursing, R.N., 1978 . Graduated with honors


- Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography, 1995   (Military Intervention in Haiti)

- Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography, 1986   (Mudslide Armero, Colombia -  Shared with Michel du Cille)

- Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, 2000   (Ethnic Cleansing in Kosovo – Shared with Lucian Perkins & Michael Williamson)

- Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography 2010  (Haiti Earthquake - Shared with Nikki Kahn & Ricky Carioti)

- Newspaper Photographer of the Year, 1989, 1992 and 1996,   

- (National Press Photographers Association, POY)

- Photographer of the Year, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2023  (White House News Photographers Association)

- Robert F. Kennedy Award, International Photojournalism, 1997

- Robert F. Kennedy Citations, Outstanding Coverage of the Disadvantaged in America, 1984

- Overseas Press Club, John Farber Award, 1996 (Citation of Excellence, 1986, 1995 2000)

- National Headliner Award, 1986

- Canon Photo Essay Award Special Recognition, NPPA, 1989, 1994 and 1999

- Best Portfolio, Northern Short Course, 1996.  

- Best Portfolio, Atlanta Seminar on Photojournalism, 1982, 1985 and 1990

- Award for Excellence in Press Photography, Photographic Administrators 1995

- Visa d'Or Award for News Photography, Visa Pour L'Image 1995

- Leica Medal of Excellence, 1994

- Sprague Award NPPA 2001

- Honorary Doctorate Degree (Doctor of Humane Letters), 2000

- ASNE Community Photojournalism Award, 2005

- World Understanding Award, Judges Special Recognition, 2006

- RFK Journalism Awards Committee Member 1998-2002

- Meyer Award, The Washington Post 2008 

- Robert F. Kennedy Award, Grand Prize International Photojournalism 2009

- Robert F. Kennedy Award, Outstanding Coverage of the Disadvantaged in America, 2010 

- PMDA Award 2011

- APSCU Hall of Fame 2012

- Missouri Honor of Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism 2013

- Student scholarship in her name for WJMC at George Mason University 2016

- Robert Capa Gold Medal, Overseas Press Club 2018

- Headliner Legacy Speaker National Geographic Seminar 2018

- Ripple Effects Images Team Member 2018

- Nikon Ambassador 2018-Present

- Northern Short Course Photographer of the Year 2019

- Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media 2019

- Chris Hondros Memorial Award, International News 2020

- WHNPA Lifetime Achievement Award 2021

- Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award 2022

- WKU Fleischaker/Greene Award for Courageous International Reporting 2022

- Lucie Awards, Achievement in Photojournalism 2023

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