Abduljabbar Zeyad

Abduljabbar Zeyad

Hodeidah, Yemen
Hodeidah, Yemen
“Be prepared to shoot at any moment - the nicest shots sometimes happen by chance.”


Society, humanitarian crisis, war.

One Shot

. Houdieda, Yemen. Reuters/Abduljabbar Zeyad - RTX237DC
Boys pose for a picture at a rubbish dump, where they collect recyclable waste, outside Yemen's Red Sea port city of Houdieda.
“I love this picture. Despite the hardships in their lives, these boys smile. For me the picture shows how they are strong and determined to contend with all the difficulties they face.”


My earliest memory of photography goes back to 2009 when I started a job reporting for local TV networks.

I started photography by taking photos of friends and then began to do it professionally.

My first assignment for Reuters was shooting the aftermath of an air strike on the residential compound of the main electricity station in the Red Sea port city of Mokha in July 2015. Engineers, power station workers and some displaced families lived there.

Documenting the humanitarian crisis excites me the most. When I take photos or report on these issues, I feel that I am closer to the people.

The biggest lesson I have learnt is the importance of patience and preparing well, especially in areas of conflict.

My mother is my biggest supporter and she is the one who always inspires me.

Photojournalism will expand in future as demand increases for fast, accurate news from trusted sources. That will be conveyed in a single language for the whole world: the picture.