Rick D'Elia
Photography, Phoenix Arizona United States
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Contact details
Tel: 480 452-5723
Brief Summary
A commercial and editorial photographer, Rick specializes in photographing people in active and telling moments at home and abroad. From photographing new medical facilities of local hospitals to the health care and education work of Catholic Relief Services and USAID in Africa, covering life and news for the Corbis agency, to creating in-action moments of local and regional companies, or the menu items of an eclectic restaurant, his work is utilized to make an impression and to accomplish a wide variety of communicative goals.
Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, USAID, (United States Agency for International Development, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Arizona, Komen Race for the Cure, Banner Health, National Bank of Arizona, Schutt Sports, Guidance Aviation, Phoenix Group Metals, Taylor Morrison Homes,    Maracay Homes, Opportunity International, i-Frame Building Solutions, Scottsdale Medical Imaging, Barrow Neurological Institute, Thermo Fluids, Ford Motor Company, Discovery Triangle, Gold Circuit, Corbis Global News, Child Crisis Center, Virginia Piper Foundation, Ford Motor Company, City of Tempe, The Welcome to America Project, Jersey Mike's Subs, Sanctuary Within Interior Design, Wigwam Resort, DRA and Associates, PR, Olson Communications, Custom Publications at the Arizona Republic, Arizona Renaissance Festival, Desert Star Construction, Premier Kitchen and Bath, DeFusco and Udelman PLC, Franciscan Causes, Time, Life, The Guardian, Times of London, European PressPhoto.
Professional Experience
IN a 28-year career rooted in photojournalism, and transformed to create distinct images for business, I have produced images in many photographic arenas. From journalism to public relations and marketing to sports, portraits, international, industrial and fine art, my experiences blend into a rich mosaic of photographic expertise.  It is this range and depth that I bring to my work – and yours.


Recent assignments:


Vinome Wine Service, Save the Children in Uganda, USAID in South Sudan, Shoulder to Shoulder in Uganda; ongoing content for Raising Arizona Kids Magazine, Arizona Republic, Custom Publications/Banner Health/Simon Med; Local First Arizona.,

Public Relations and Communications in relief and development:

Catholic Relief Services: Uganda, Ariz., Guyana, Brazil, Nicaragua, Haiti, Uganda, Rwanda, Cambodia; Save the Children: Uganda, New Mexico, Guatemala, California, Armenia, Uganda; The Welcome to America Project.


Recurring guest lecturer, Northern Arizona Univ. Photojournalism classes.
Various workshops: 2004-current: Basic photo, business photography, Refugees; Working in Africa; Grand Canyon Univ., Sept ‘06-Dec ‘08, intermediate, advanced photo; South Florida HS Journ Conf, Oct, 09, Making a difference with photographs.

Awards and Recognition

18 photojournalism awards spanning 16 years

14 from Arizona press organizations, including seven first places

3 awards from Region 10 of the National Press Photographers Association Awarded third place by prestigious National Catholic Press Association
Exhibitions and presentations:

Drawn, Fine Art exhibition, one of nine artists in juried exhibit,

Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, Dec 2009

Conflict in Northern Uganda, multiple exhibits (awarded commission from American Embassy in Uganda in 2004):

In Uganda: Mbarara; House of Parliament; Garden City

In Arizona: MonOrchid Gallery; Northern Arizona University

School of Communications (exhibit and lectures)

Arizona State University: photo exhibit with film, Uganda Rising

Zuva Gallery: photo exhibit with film, Uganda Rising

A Year in Africa: The beautiful and brutal sides of African Life

Society of Professional Journalists, October 2005

Knights of Columbus SMG Church, May 2005 and Jan 2006

Refugee Life

                        The Welcome to America Project, Spring 2005

            Photography, general-instruction workshops

Photographing People, Jan ’08; Foundations of Photography, Jan ’09, Compositional Planning, intermediate photography, Sept ’09, Fountain Hills, Az.


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