• GEORGE POLK Award  - Video news reporting for the series INSIDE SYRIA, detailing the tragedy of life in a civil war. The award was presented by Carl Bernstein who commended my work for communicating the human tragedy of the conflict in Syria in a way that is impossible to ignore or forget. 
  • POYi Pictures of the Year International  - Award of Excellence in Multimedia for One Hospital's Story, a tribute to the inspiring medical team of Dar al Sheifa Hospital, Aleppo.

  • OPC Overseas Press Club Award  – Best coverage throughout a 72-hour period of a breaking news event, awarded to Global Post for my coverage of Gaddafi's capture and the fall of Sirte to revolutionary forces in Libya.
  • Edward R Murrrow Award  – Excellence in journalism for GlobalPost's On Location video news series.

  • PEABODY Award  – Video news coverage for GlobalPost's On Location.

  • IFRA World Association of Newspapers  – Cross media award. As photo editor of the Phnom Penh Post, my photography/video team received this award for coverage of an influenza epidemic in Siem Reap.

  • SOPA Society of Publishers in Asia award for Excellence in News Photography – In my first year as photo editor of the Phnom Penh Post my team received this award for coverage of violent land evictions in Phnom Penh’s Boung Kok district.

Photo by Lisa O'Brian


  • MA – Multimedia Journalism | University of Bolton

  • Recipient of the Student Award, the Vice Chancellor’s Award and the Governor’s Prize | University of Bolton 

  • UN Global Issues Press Fellowship | United Nations Foundation, NYC 2015


  • ​Toppling Gaddafi: The Revolution through Libyan Eyes
Released October 20, 2012 - the 1st anniversary of the end of the Libyan uprising.
From the frontlines to the hospitals and support centers of Libya's iconic uprising, this book tells the stories of the people who fought, suffered and emerged victorious. These are the heart-rending, and often inspiring, accounts of nine revolutionaries, as told in their own words, images and artwork. This book came from more than a year of living and working with the Libyan people. It was inspired by the courage, solidarity and sacrifice that carried them to victory.
Click here to download from the itunes store.

  • We Can Be…
Released at the Sydney Opera House Oct 10, 2009.
This publication was written, photographed and designed for the children of Sunrise Village. It explores through pictures the daily lives, activities and ambitions of the children of Sunrise, a Cambodian orphanage I have been involved with for 15 years.

  • Dance to the Light
Released at the Sydney Opera House Oct 10, 2009.
Photography of classic Khmer dancing in the traditional settings of the Cambodian countryside.


  • PEN America - Professional writers defending free expression worldwide.

  • Sunrise Children's Villages, Cambodia - Children's education center based in Phnom Penh.


Foreign Correspondents Club, Cambodia.
January 2010
This two-part exhibition showcased my photojournalism work in Cambodia and my photo series of classic Khmer dancing in the traditional settings of the Cambodian countryside.
All proceeds were donated to the Sunrise Children’s Village Education Fund.

AusstellungsHalle, ​Frankfurt, Germany
June 2014
In conjunction with AptArt and renowned street artists Herakut, the purpose of this exhibition was to bring to light not only the suffering of the Syrian people but their inspiring resilience in the face of devastation. The exhibit included video, quotes and photography from my work in Syria, artwork from Syrian children living in refugee camps and graffiti art by Herakut, inspired by the children we worked with on AptART projects in Jordan and my stories from inside Syria. Events during the two-week exhibition included talks and presentations by myself, Herakut, AptART and the Lord Mayor of Frankfurt.

  • Eden in Iraq
National Design Centre, Singapore 
October 2017
This interdisciplinary exhibition of environmental art, design and engineering featured images and video projects of my work in the mountains and marshlands of Iraq.

  • The Garden of Eden
Vienna Palais Deutschmeister, Vienna
January 2018
This will be a joint project between OFID and the Iraqi embassy in Austria. The exhibition will include a photo gallery of my work from Iraq and a video I am currently working on about the Iraqi marshlands.