Ric Francis began his career with The Bergen Record in Hackensack, N.J., where he was runner up for the 1994 New Jersey Photographer of the Year. That year his portfolio won an Award of Excellence from the Society of Newspaper Design. In 1995 Francis joined the staff of The Times-Picayune in New Orleans, La. In his six years in New Orleans he worked on many projects documenting the life of the city. The newspaper submitted two of his projects for Pulitzer Prizes in feature photography in 1999 and 2001. As a staffer with The Associated Press in Los Angeles (Sept. 2001 - Jan. 2009) Francis covered a wide range of assignments. After voluntarily leaving The AP he immediately moved to Lima, Peru as an independent photojournalist. Currently he is based in Nairobi, Kenya.