Felipe Dana started his career as an assistant photographer when he was only 15. He later pursued a degree in photography in his hometown of Rio de Janeiro, all the while working as a commercial photographer and contributing to various local and international news agencies.

In 2009, he joined the Associated Press and decided to dedicate himself solely to photojournalism, focusing on the social upheaval in his native city as it prepared for the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics. Dana also documented urban violence in Latin America, the Zika epidemic and most recently the Mosul offensive in Iraq.

His work has received a number of awards including World Press Photo, POY – Pictures of the Year International and Latam, NPPA, CHIPP – China International Photo Competition, the Atlanta Photojournalism, among others. In 2015 he participated in the first World Press Photo masterclass in Latin America and in 2017 he was part of the AP team finalist in the Pulitzer prize for Breaking News photography.

Awards

World Press Photo – 2017
Spot News – 3rd Place – Iraq Mosul
Pulitzer Prize – Breaking News Finalist – 2017
Member of the AP Staff finalist for their coverage of the Mosul war
NPPA – National Press Photographers Association – 2017
Best of Photojournalism – 1st Place Olympic Story
NPPA – National Press Photographers Association –  2017
Best of Photojournalism – HM Contemporary Issues Single – Zika
NPPA – National Press Photographers Association – 2017
Best of Photojournalism – HM Portrait Series – Faces of Zika
POYi – Pictures of the Year – 2016
Portrait Series – Award of Excellence
Atlanta Photojournalism Awards – 2016
2nd place – News Picture Story
 Oliver S. Gramling Awards - AP - 2016
Gramling Journalism Award
APME Journalism Awards – 2016
Feature Photo Story – 1st Place – ‘Zika: Ground Zero’
NPPA – National Press Photographers Association - 2016
Photographer of the Year – NY/International Monthly Clip Contest
NPPA – National Press Photographers Association – 2016
Best of Photojournalism – 1st Place Portrait Series
China International Press Photo – CHIPP – 2015
Bronze Medal – Daily Life Series
Premio Esso – ExxonMobil de Jornalismo – 2015
Faces of Crack – Portrait series – Finalist
NPPA – National Press Photographers Association – 2015
Photographer of the Year – Monthly Clip Contest
World Press Photo Masterclass 2015
Selected for the Latin America Masterclass
World Press Photo – 2013
Honorable Mention – Contemporary Issues
Pictures of the Year – POY Latam – 2013
3rd Place – Photographer of the Year
Pictures of the Year – POY Latam – 2013
2nd Place – News Singles
Pictures of the Year – POY Latam – 2013
Honorable Mention – Drug Series
NABJ – Salute to Excellence Awards – 2013
Photography – Rio’s Crack Ban
China International Press Photo – CHIPP – 2013
Bronze Medal – General News
Atlanta Photojournalism Awards – 2012
1st place – Portrait
Atlanta Photojournalism Awards – 2011
3rd place – Spot News