Javier Manzano

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Javier Manzano is a Mexican photographer known for his coverage of the country's drug wars, the War in Afghanistan and the Syrian civil war.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Manzano was born in Mexico but moved to the United States with his family when he was 18 years old. He worked as a journalist and photographer for advertising agencies and the Rocky Mountain News until the newspaper closed its doors in 2009, after which he began working as a freelance photographer for the Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, Foreign Policy[2] and other news outlets.[3]


Manzano's Pulitzer Prize–winning photograph was taken in October 2012 at the Karm-al Jabal district of Aleppo, Syria. It shows two Free Syrian Army soldiers guarding a sniper's nest as light streams through bullet holes in the wall behind them.[4] Manzano is the first freelance photographer to be awarded the prize in 17 years, when Charles Porter IV and Stephanie Welsh won in 1996.[5]



  1. ^ "Javier Manzano, fotógrafo free lance de AFP, galardonado con un premio Pulitzer" (in Spanish). AFP. 16 April 2013. Archived from the original on 5 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Northern Exposure - By Javier Manzano". Foreign Policy. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  3. ^ Lum, Jessica (26 June 2012). "Interview with Javier Manzano". PetaPixel. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  4. ^ "Free Syrian Army fighters stand guard in Aleppo's Karm al-Jabal neighborhood, as light enters through a wall peppered by shrapnel". World Press Photo. 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  5. ^ Tenore, Mallary Jean (17 April 2013). "Javier Manzano first freelance photographer to win Pulitzer in 17 years". Archived from the original on 24 May 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Javier Manzano". World Press Photo. Archived from the original on 14 March 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  7. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Results of the 20th Edition". Bayeux Calvados Awards. 2013. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Pulitzer Prize-Winning photojournalist Javier Manzano to receive 2016 Pell Center Prize for Story in the Public Square". 15 March 2016.
  10. ^ a b https://theemmys.tv/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/2020-41st-News-Docs-News_Honorees-9-21-20-rev-10.09.20.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  11. ^ "Overseas Press Club of America Announces Annual Award Winners". OPC. 18 March 2022.
  12. ^ "Transnational".

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