Rony Zakaria

Rony Zakaria is a photographer based in Indonesia. He studied photography at Galeri Foto Jurnalistik Antara and Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. Zakaria’s work focuses on how historical, sociocultural and religious underpinnings of daily life shape his native country, Indonesia. He has been commissioned by publications like The New York Times, GEO, and Monocle.

Zakaria has also participated in exhibitions with institutions and platforms like the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris, Fotografie Forum Frankfurt, Recontres d’Arles, and Chobimela Photo Festival. He has published two monographs: Encounters (2013) and Men, Mountains & the Sea (2019).

Born 1984 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Artworks by Roni Zakaria


Artist Bio


Pantura: Where Are You Mr. Daendels, Objectifs Center, Singapore
Toraja: A Celebration of Life, Leica Gallery Jakarta, Indonesia

Leica Ambassadors: Nusantara, Plaza Senayan, Indonesia
Men, Mountains & The Sea, JIPFEST photo festival, Indonesia

Men, Mountains & The Sea, Xishuangbanna photo festival, China
Men, Mountains & The Sea, Recontres d’Arles photo festival, France

Men, Mountains & The Sea, Photolux Photo Festival Lucca, Italy
Beyond Transisi, Fotografie Frankfurt Forum, Frankfurt, Germany
Men, Mountains & The Sea, Beijing Photo Festival, China
Sugar Island, Foreign Correspondents Club Bangkok, Thailand

Men, Mountains & The Sea, Jakarta International Photo Summit, Indonesia
Show Me The Money, Singapore International Photo Festival, Singapore

Men, Mountains & The Sea, PhotoQuai, musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France
Show Me The Money, Galerie Lichtblick, Cologne, Germany
Men, Mountains & The Sea, Obscura Photo Festival, Penang, Malaysia
Encounters, Cipta Gallery, Taman Ismail Marzuki, Jakarta, Indonesia

Diamond Dreams, Chobimela Photo Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Living in X, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, Philippines

In Harmonie, Chobimela Photo Festival, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Bali Bird Culture, ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism, Jakarta, Indonesia

From Zero to Hero, ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism, Jakarta, Indonesia


Editorial clients

The New York Times / TIME / GEO / Nat Geo / Le Monde / The Guardian / The Wall Street Journal / Vice / Inc. / Marie Claire / The Financial Times /  Bloomberg News / Mare / Monocle / Courrier International / DeVolkskrant / DestinAsian / TEMPO / Jakarta Post

Corporate clients

Microsoft / Asian Development Bank / The World Bank / GIZ / The Netherlands Embassy / AusAid / AirBnB / British Embassy / Holcim / CBI Europe / Novartis / Porsche Indonesia / Global Aid Network / Sinarmas / Maverick / Chuosenko


Awards & Achivements

Objectifs Documentary Award, Singapore

Best of Photography Award at Xishuangbanna Photo Festival, China

Roberto del Carlo Award at Photolux Lucca Photo Festival, Italy

Finalist in Kassel Photobook Dummy Award at Fotobook Festival

Selected as one of emerging Asian Photographers by Nikon Asia

Third Place NPPA Best of Photojournalism in Non-Traditional Publishing
Mochtar Lubis Award Grant for Investigative reporting

Second Place NPPA Best of Photojournalism in Non-Traditional Publishing
First Prize Photo Stories TEMPO Best of Photojournalism

Fellowship from Konrad Adenauer Asian Center For Journalism

United Nations FAO Photographic Grant for Avian Culture issue



Rony Zakaria is a Leica Indonesia Ambassador and supported with Leica cameras and lens.