Rony Zakaria holds a degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. He started his career as a photographer after graduation. He learned photojournalism at ANTARA Gallery of Photojournalism in Jakarta and Ateneo de Manila in the Philippines as a fellow. Since then he has worked mainly for national and foreign publications and has covered various issues in his native Indonesia.
Rony has won several accolades and awards for his work, including NPPA Best of Photojournalism and Mochtar Lubis Award for Investigative reporting. He has exhibited his work widely in Paris, Manila, Bangladesh, Singapore, Thailand, Germany and Malaysia. His reportages has been published on many magazines worldwide including TIME Asia, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune and Courrier International.
In 2013, he published his first monograph, Encounters. A personal work with photographs collected starting from the beginning of his career.