2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners
• Associated Press photographers have been awarded the agency’s 51st Pulitzer Prize in the Breaking News Photography category.
• Agence France-Presse freelance photographer Javier Manzano has been awarded a Pulitzer Prize in the Feature Photography category.
The award to AP was made on the strength of photos taken in 2012 by Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen. They show scenes of blood and anguish, an environment in which neighborhoods have crumbled from combat, frightened families flee and youngsters often are among the slain.
Capturing these images required repeated trips into the war zone, without government permission or protection, amid the dangers of shelling, bombardment and errant bullets, as well as the risk of abduction or capture.
The images take us deep into the suffering of civilians in a war that has left more than 60,000 dead, displaced more than a million people internally and sent hundreds of thousands more fleeing over Syria’s borders, mainly into Turkey.
“Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen are some of the bravest and most talented photographers in the world and I am immensely proud of them for this tremendous and well-deserved recognition of their work covering the tragic and dangerous story of Syria,” said AP Director of Photography Santiago Lyon. “In addition, I want to underscore the tireless and careful coordination and assigning work done by Manoocher Deghati, our regional photo editor for the Middle East, whose broad experience covering conflict is an invaluable asset.”
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