Carol Guzy

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Carol Guzy
Born (1956-03-07) March 7, 1956 (age 68)
SpouseJonathan Utz (divorced)

Carol Guzy (born March 7, 1956) is an American news photographer. Guzy worked as a staff photographer for the Miami Herald from 1980 to 1988 and The Washington Post from 1988 to 2014. As of April 2022,[1] Guzy is a contract photographer for ZUMA Press.[2][3]

She won the Pulitzer Prize four times[4] — one of five people to do so, and the first journalist with that achievement. Guzy was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1986, 1995, 2000 and 2011.

Life and career[edit]

Guzy was born into a working-class family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, where she grew up.[5]

She graduated with an associate degree in nursing from Northampton Community College in 1977, and planned to work as a nurse until a friend gave her a camera.[6][7] In 1980, she earned an associate degree in applied science in photography from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[8] Afterward she became an intern, and then a photographer, at The Miami Herald. She married UPI photographer Jonathan Utz in 1988. That year she also moved to The Washington Post,[7] following her husband to a job in the city. They divorced in 1998.

In 1990, Guzy was the first woman to receive the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, presented by the National Press Photographers Association.[9]

She was detained by police and arrested on April 15, 2000, as a part of the IMF World Bank detentions.[10]

In 2001, she was awarded the Northampton Community College Alumni Association's Professional Achievement Award. Upon receiving it, Guzy said,

The nursing program gave me more than a degree. It helped me gain an understanding of human suffering and an incredible sensitivity to it. I know that without this background, my photography would have a totally different edge[11][12]

Besides her work in The Washington Post, Guzy's work has appeared on the Photography Channel.[13]

In August 2007, Guzy's photos of animals left behind on the Gulf Coast, where she spent months in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, were included in a three-artist benefit exhibit titled "Lest We Forget: Three Perspectives on Hurricane Katrina" at the Discovery Too art gallery in Bethesda, Maryland.[14]

Guzy lives in Arlington, Virginia.[15][16]

Pulitzer Prizes[edit]

Guzy is one of only five people to win the Pulitzer Prize four times.[4]

Year Category Shared with For coverage of Refs
1986 Spot News Photography Michel du Cille The Armero tragedy following the eruption of Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia [17]
1995 Spot News Photography Unrest in Haiti associated with Operation Uphold Democracy [18]
2000 Feature Photography Michael Williamson and Lucian Perkins Kosovo War refugees [19]
2011 Breaking News Photography Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti Aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake [20]


Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ "Photojournalist describes what Russia left behind in Bucha: 'It's apocalyptic'".
  2. ^ Skwiot, Suzee (6 June 2019). "Meet a Pro: Carol Guzy, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist". 42 West, the Adorama Learning Center. Archived from the original on 22 January 2023. Retrieved 25 April 2022.
  3. ^ "Nikon Ambassador | Carol Guzy | Nikon".
  4. ^ a b Walker, Frank (6 June 2019). "Meet a Pro: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photojournalist Carol Guzy". Adorama. Archived from the original on 2019-06-07.
  5. ^ Hudson, Berkley (2009). Sterling, Christopher H. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Journalism. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE. pp. 1060–67. ISBN 978-0-7619-2957-4.
  6. ^ Carol Guzy, "Mystery and Horror: Poetry and Wonder". Northampton Magazine, Winter 2001 (pdf). Pages 13–19. Retrieved 2013-11-04.
  7. ^ a b "Carl Guzy". Camera Works: Post Photographers. The Washington Post.
  8. ^ "Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti". The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Breaking News Photography. The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
  9. ^ "Carol Guzy". Photography: Featured Alumni. The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
  10. ^ "Reporters arrested covering violence in D.C., Miami, war in Chechnya". Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press ( 1985-03-16. Archived from the original on 2011-06-11. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
  11. ^ [1]. Archived November 2, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ "NC Honors 3-time Pulitzer Winner Alumna Bethlehem Native Carol Guzy, Wins Professional Achievement Award For Her Photography". The Morning Call. October 26, 2000.
  13. ^ Guzy, Carol. "Saved from the Streets". Photography Channel.
  14. ^ "Lest We Forget": Three Perspectives on Hurricane Katrina". Benefit exhibit, Discovery Too art gallery. August 2007.
  15. ^ [2]. Archived February 16, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Smith, Rosalind (March 1999). "Carol Guzy: A Photojournalist's Story". Shutterbug.
  17. ^ "The 1986 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Spot News Photography". Retrieved 11 July 2023.
  18. ^ "The 1995 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Spot News Photography". Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  19. ^ "The 2000 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Feature Photography". Retrieved 11 July 2023.
  20. ^ "The 2011 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Breaking News Photography". Retrieved 11 July 2023.
  21. ^ a b Spot News Photography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-29. "More details" 1995 (not available 1986) includes short biography and gallery of 10 works (1994 photos).
  22. ^ "Feature Photography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-29. "More details" 2000 includes short biographies and gallery of 19 works (1999 photos).
  23. ^ [3]. Archived January 5, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ [4]. Archived October 9, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  25. ^ rfk. "2009: Carol Guzy, "Birth and Death" Washington Post - Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights - Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights". Archived from the original on 2015-06-22.
  26. ^ "Breaking News Photography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 2013-10-29. "More details" 2011 includes short biographies and gallery of 20 works (2010 photos).
  27. ^, "2012 PMDA Award Winners Named". November 1, 2011.
  28. ^ "2013 Recipients of the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism Announced". Missouri School of Journalism. 25 June 2013.

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