Piotr (Peter) Andrews was born in Kano, Nigeria in 1961. He moved to Poland at the age of six. In 1981 he defected to the United Kingdom and then to Canada where he studied photography for two years at the University of Ottawa. After working for a number of national newspapers in Canada. Piotr returned to Europe where he worked for Associated Press until joining Reuters in Moscow in 1991. Four years later he was assigned to South Africa and then to Sarajevo, where together with the late Kurt Schork, he was nominated for Reuters for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the 'last massacre' in Sarajevo that took place on the 28th of August 1995.
Piotr returned to Johannesburg in 1996 to become Chief Photographer Southern Africa and upon moving to Nairobi in 1999, he was promoted to a position of Chief Photographer Eastern and Southern Africa. In 2000 he returned to Warsaw where he became Reuters Chief Photographer Poland and kept this roving position till 2013.
His roving assignments for Reuters included covering conflicts in Africa, Israel, Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Haiti, former Yugoslavia and former Soviet Republics. In addition to reporting in hostile environments Piotr also covered the soccer World Cup finals in Japan and Germany, the summer and winter Olympic games in Salt Lake City, Athens, Torino and Beijing as well as The Americas Cup in Valencia and San Francisco and other sports events.
At the beginning of 2014 Piotr became an independent freelance photographer.
Sean Maguire, (former Chief Reuters Correspondent Europe) - "Peter looks with a cold eye, and by using his sensitivity and professionalism can translate it in to an image. He is a first league photographer. You can send him anywhere in the world and you can be sure that he will bring a very good material".
General Slawomir Petelicki, founder of Poland's Elite Special Forces GROM.- "We met in Haiti in 1994. Place called a Hell Hole. We became friends and he never abused this friendship. None of the pictures of soldiers of the elite special forces have ever been published without our knowledge or agreement".