Richards is the recipient of numerous awards, for photography, multimedia and picture editing, from Pictures of the Year International, the National Press Photographers’ Association, the White House News Photographers’ Association, American Society of Magazine Editors, Society of Newspaper Design, Society of Professional Journalists and the Virginia News Photographers Association. He was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, in 1990 and 2008. Richards has produced and directed several films, including A Walk with Ghosts about the Srebrenica genocide, and Mississippi Drug War Blues: The case of Cory Maye, which he co-directed with Paul Feine. Richards was senior producer with The Drew Carey Project at ReasonTV (2007-2009). Prior to that he was multimedia editor/producer, photo editor and staff photographer for The Virginian-Pilot newspaper in Norfolk, Virginia (2001-2007). He is a former Associated Press photo bureau chief in Bogotá, Colombia, and a staff photographer at The Washington Times in Washington, DC (1997-2000). He is the author of Remember Sarajevo, photographs and writings from the siege of Sarajevo (2003, Zone Zero Editions). He is currently a member of the International Expert Team of the Institute for the Research of Genocide Canada, focused on documenting and bringing to justice war criminals wanted for acts of genocide.