Rob is a two time Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the Pictures of the Year contest – first in 2000 and again in 2003. He was runner-up in 2001. He was selected to exhibit his work in Perpignan, France at the Visa Pour L’Image festival and was a member of the World Press Masterclass in 2002. Photo District News named him one of 30 emerging photographers to watch. In 2007, Finch was part of a team of journalists at The Oregonian awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for his role as a multimedia producer. In 2008, Finch won the 2008 Online Journalism Award for Best Video presentation. In 2009, Finch left daily photography to become the Visuals Editor at The Oregonian.