He has won numerous awards and honors including a DESI for his Newsweek Magazine cover photograph of Pope John Paul II in the Philippines and in 1992, a National Headliners Award for "Feature Photography" for his Persian Gulf coverage leading up to the war. His photographs have received awards from World Press Photo, the National Press Photographers Association and the White House News Photographers Association. His editorial work has appeared in editions of American Photography, which honors the best in American photography in editorial, advertising and fine art. Most recently, a selection of his images appear in book projects Maryland 24/7 and A Day in the Life of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Mr. Ficara has completed The American Black Farmers Project, documenting the disappearing black family farmer in America. That body of work has been awarded the White House News Photographers Documentary Grant and the National Press Photographers/Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grant. The project resulted in the critically acclaimed book BLACK FARMERS IN AMERICA, published by the University Press of Kentucky. Also, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore is traveling DISTANT ECHOES: BLACK FARMERS IN AMERICA, a collection of sixty images from this project around the United States.
Mr. Ficara sits on the advisory board for the Institute for Documentary Change, School of Communication at American University in Washington, D. C. and is an advisory board member for the Northern Virginia Community College Photojournalism Department.
He is a member of the National Press Photographers Association and the American Society of Media Photographers. He presently resides in the Washington, D.C. area.