Matthew Apgar enjoys documenting social interaction, recording fleeting moments, and capturing images in a unique and telling manner. With more than twenty years experience as a freelance and staff photojournalist, Matthew has developed his passion for photojournalism into a career of creating memorable images and telling important stories.  Matthew especially enjoys creating DIY light modifiers, covering longer-term documentary projects, shooting professional sports, and anything involving travel.



Matthew interned at the Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau, MO., and has worked full-time as a staff photojournalist at the Courier News in Bridgewater, NJ, the Herald Times Reporter in Manitowoc, WI, the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, IL, and the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake, Il. He currently resides in the greater Chicago suburbs and is working as the Group Photo Editor for Shaw Media, acting as the staff photojournalist and photo editor of the Northwest Herald, as well as overseeing the photo editors of the Daily Chronicle and the Kane County Chronicle.


Matthew has been published in multiple countries and throughout the United States. He is an alumni of the Eddie Adams Workshop: Barnstorm XVI in 2003 and has a BFA in Photojournalism from Rochester Institute of Technology. His photographs have received numerous awards from professional organizations such as the National Press Photographers Association, the New Jersey Press Photographers Association, the New Jersey Press Association, the Wisconsin News Photographers Association, the Wisconsin News Association, the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors, the Illinois Press Association, Northern Illinois Newspaper Association, and He also received awards in the College Photographer of the Year competition, two years in a row.  He has also been awarded the News Photo Sweepstakes award from the Illinois Associated Press Media Editors in back-to-back years of 2016 and 2017.