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10 April 2017

Among the Pulitzer Prizes announced today were two photography honors in the categories of Breaking News and Feature Photography, each of which carry awards of $15,000.


Freelance photographer Daniel Berehulak was awarded the Pulitzer in Breaking News. The citation follows:

For powerful storytelling through images published in The New York Times showing the callous disregard for human life in the Philippines brought about by a government assault on drug dealers and users.

Berehulak, based in Mexico City, is a native of Sydney, Australia, who has visited over 60 countries covering history-shaping events including the Iraq and Afghan wars, the trial of Saddam Hussein, Ebola's spread in West Africa and most recently the antidrug campaign in the Philippines. His work focuses on a combination of breaking news, human rights, social and health issues reporting.

He won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his coverage of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa for The New York Times and was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of the 2010 floods in Pakistan.

Freelance photographer Jonathan Bachman and the Photography Staff of the Associated Press were the other finalists in this category. Bachman was cited for his image, published by Reuters, of one woman’s simple but stout-hearted stand during a protest in Baton Rouge over the shooting by the police of a 37-year-old black man. The AP staff was cited for "jarring images that vividly reminded readers that the people of Iraq still live with the horrors of a war that many Americans have forgotten."


In the Feature Photography category, E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune was awarded the Pulizers. The citation follows;

For a superb portrayal of a 10-year-old boy and his mother striving to put the boy's life back together after he survived a shooting in Chicago.

Wambsgans has been a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune since 2002, covering a wide range of news and feature assignments.He spent the last four years documenting the problem of Chicago's gun violence. He is a native of the Detroit area and a graduate of Central Michigan University.

Jake May of The Flint Journal in Flint, Mich., and Katie Falkenberg of the Los Angeles Times were the other finalists in this category. May covered Flint's contaminated-water crisis in photographs "that told a challenging story in human terms." Falkenberg documented Brazil’s war on Zika, showing "the vulnerability, fear and love of mothers coping with the crisis."

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