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9 May 2022

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. In addition, the Pulitzer Board honored the journalists of Ukraine with a special citation.


The 2022 Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography was shared between two winners this year:

Marcus Yam of the Los Angeles Times was awarded the Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography for his "For raw and urgent images of the U.S. departure from Afghanistan that capture the human cost of the historic change in the country."

Yam. A military transport plane flies over relatives and neighbors of the Ahmadi family as they gather around an incinerated husk of a vehicle destroyed by a U.S. drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, he left a career in aerospace engineering to become a photographer and take viewers to the frontlines of conflict, struggle and intimacy.

Win McNamee, Drew Angerer, Spencer Platt, Samuel Corum and Jon Cherry of Getty Images also were awarded the Pulitzer for Breaking News Photography for "comprehensive and consistently riveting photos of the attack on the U.S. Capitol."

Getty. Members of the nationalist group The Proud Boys, led by organizer Joseph Biggs (plaid shirt), gather on the east front of the U.S. Capitol as members of Congress convene for a joint session to formally certify the 2020 U.S. presidential electoral votes on Jan. 6.

McNamee has worked for newspapers, magazines and wire services throughout his more than 30 years in photojournalism. Angerer is a Staff Photographer with Getty Images covering national news and politics based in Washington DC. Platt has covered the September 11 attacks, the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Congo and Ukraine, as well as stories in such countries as Bolivia, Central African Republic, Honduras, Indonesia, Argentina and Liberia. Corum is a freelance photojournalist and Marine Corps veteran. Cherry labels himself a generalist, reporting on topics from extremism and government to agriculture and conservation.

Nominated as a finalist in Breaking News Photography in 2022 was:

Anonymous, freelance contributor, The New York Times, "for striking images, conducted at great personal risk, of the military coup in Myanmar."

Anonymous. Paing Phyoe Thu, an actor, holds up the three-finger salute, a symbol from the 'Hunger Games' series, which became the leitmotif of the democracy movement..

The photographer is a Burmese photojournalist and documentary photographer based in his native town of Yangon. He initially studied medicine at Yangon University of Medicine until 2011, when he decided to stop his medical training and pursue his interest in visually documenting the transition of his country, which was undergoing momentous change after decades of rule by the military junta. The Times has not revealed his identity in connection with this work for safety reasons.


Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo, Amit Dave and the late Danish Siddiqui of Reuters were awarded the Pulitzer for Feature Photography for "images of COVID's toll in India that balanced intimacy and devastation, while offering viewers a heightened sense of place."

Reuters. A Hindu holy man places a mask across his face before entering the Ganges river during the traditional Shahi Snan, or royal dip, at the Kumbh Mela festival as Covid-19 cases exploded in India.

Abidi is an Indian Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist whose career started in 1997 as a darkroom assistant. Mattoo is a photojournalist and documentary photographer who concentrates on depicting tension between the seeming ordinariness of life and the stark symbols of a menacing militarized milieu of Kashmir. Dave has covered riots, the aftermath of an earthquake in Gujarat, droughts and the Indian Ocean Tsunami in south India. Siddiqui, who was the Chief Photographer for Reuters based in India, was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban forces in Spin Boldak, near the Pakistan border.

Nominated as finalists in Feature Photography in 2022 were:

Gabrielle Lurie of the San Francisco Chronicle for "intimate and harrowing images of a mother’s attempts to care for her homeless, drug-addicted daughter."

Lurie. Laurie Steves, 56, cries out of frustration after several unsuccessful attempts to find her daughter Jessica Didia, who is homeless and addicted to fentanyl, in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco.

Lurie focuses on longer-term stories on topics ranging from homelessness and wildfires to immigration and wealth disparity. Most recently she began organizing the Bay Area Women Photograph group, where photographers in the Bay Area gather for events, to share ideas and collaborate.

Photography Staff of Reuters for "images of climate change collected around the globe, effectively portraying extreme and dangerous natural events as common and widespread threats to human life."

Reuters. A damaged movie theater after a devastating tornado ripped through Mayfield, Ky.


The Journalists of Ukraine received a special citation from the Pulitzer Board for "their courage, endurance, and commitment to truthful reporting during Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of their country and his propaganda war in Russia."

The Board noted, "Despite bombardment, abductions, occupation, and even deaths in their ranks, they have persisted in their effort to provide an accurate picture of a terrible reality, doing honor to Ukraine and to journalists around the world."

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