Since then, Finbarr has covered major international conflicts and humanitarian disasters, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. He is a regular contributor to The New York Times and his work has won him two World Press Photo awards: the World Press Photo of the Year in 2006 and first prize in the Portraits, Singles category in 2019. He also won a 2020 News & Documentary Emmy® for Outstanding Video Journalism: News for producing the PBS FRONTLINE documentary Ebola in Congo.
Finbarr's love of travel, combined with a fascination for what's happening around the world, was established from an early age. Born in Swansea, Wales, in 1971, he was raised in Dublin, Republic of Ireland until the age of nine, when his family moved to Vancouver, Canada. After graduating, he spent a year backpacking through East and Southern Africa before returning to Canada, training as a journalist and settling into jobs writing about arts, entertainment and popular culture.