Born in Botswana to English and American parents, Tobin Jones has spent the majority of his life living on the African continent. First in Botswana and Malawi, and then later in Kenya and Somalia.
Tobin is a graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where he holds a bachelor’s degree in International Development Studies – with minors in Economics and Political Science. After attending McGill, Tobin also studied at the University of Westminster in London, England, where he received a Master’s degree in Photojournalism.
Since finishing university, Tobin has spent his time both freelancing out of Kenya as well as working in Mogadishu, Somalia, for the African Union and United Nations. Tobin Jones’ work has appeared in multiple publications, including The New York Times, Time Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Guardian, and many others.
2012 - Marty Forscher Award , 2012 - Pride Photography Award , 2012 - Echo Foundation Award
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The Fight Against Al Shabab
A Ugandan soldier peers over the top of an armored vehicle in order to try and get to a mounted weapon shortly after an advancing convoy is ambushed along the Afgoye-Baidoa Corridor. Too weak to fight in head-to-head combat anymore, Al Shabab has turned mainly to asymmetric warfare when battling the African Union.
Driving Through Mogadishu
A private security convoy escorts foreigners through Mogadishu. For foreigners visiting the city, whether they are NGO workers or journalists, armed convoys are still a necessity when travelling around the town for fear of kidnap or some other form of attack.