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Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography

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Photojournalist Carolyn Cole, who won the award in 2004

The Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography is one of the American Pulitzer Prizes annually awarded for journalism. It recognizes a distinguished example of feature photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, a sequence or an album.

The Feature Photography prize was inaugurated in 1968 when the single Pulitzer Prize for Photography was replaced by the Feature prize and "Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography", renamed for "Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography" in 2000.

Winners and citations[edit]

One Feature Photography Pulitzer has been awarded annually from 1968, with the exception of 1985, when two prizes were awarded.[1]

List of winners of Pulitzer Prize for Photography
Year Image Photographer News agency Title / Description
1968 Toshio Sakai United Press International For his Vietnam War combat photograph, "Dreams of Better Times."
1969 Moneta Sleet, Jr. Ebony For his photograph of Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow and child, taken at Dr. King's funeral.
1970 Dallas Kinney Palm Beach Post For his portfolio of pictures of Florida migrant workers, "Migration to Misery."
1971 Jack Dykinga Chicago Sun-Times For his dramatic and sensitive photographs at the Lincoln and Dixon State Schools for the Retarded in Illinois.
1972 David Hume Kennerly United Press International For his dramatic photographs of the Vietnam War in 1971.
1973 Brian Lanker Topeka Capital-Journal For his sequence on child birth, as exemplified by his photograph, "Moment of Life."
1974 Slava Veder Associated Press For his picture of the return of an American prisoner of war from captivity in North Vietnam.
1975 Matthew Lewis The Washington Post For his photographs in color and black and white.
1976 Staff Louisville Courier-Journal and Times For a comprehensive pictorial report on busing in Louisville's schools.
1977 Robin Hood Chattanooga News-Free Press For his photograph of a disabled veteran and his child at an Armed Forces Day parade.
1978 J. Ross Baughman Associated Press For three photographs from guerrilla areas in Rhodesia.
1979 Staff Boston Herald American For photographic coverage of the blizzard of 1978.
1980 Erwin H. Hagler Dallas Times Herald For a series on the Western cowboy.
1981 Taro M. Yamasaki Detroit Free Press For his photographs of Jackson (Mich.) State Prison.
1982 John H. White Chicago Sun-Times For consistently excellent work on a variety of subjects.
1983 James B. Dickman Dallas Times Herald For his telling photographs of life and death in El Salvador.
1984 Anthony Suau The Denver Post For a series of photographs which depict the tragic effects of starvation in Ethiopia and for a single photograph of a woman at her husband's gravesite on Memorial Day.
1985 Larry C. Price The Philadelphia Inquirer For his series of photographs from Angola and El Salvador depicting their war-torn inhabitants.
Stan Grossfeld The Boston Globe For his series of photographs of the famine in Ethiopia and for his pictures of illegal aliens on the Mexican border.
1986 Tom Gralish The Philadelphia Inquirer For his series of photographs of Philadelphia's homeless.
1987 David C. Peterson Des Moines Register For his photographs depicting the shattered dreams of American farmers.
1988 Michel du Cille The Miami Herald For photographs portraying the decay and subsequent rehabilitation of a housing project overrun by the drug crack.
1989 Manny Crisostomo Detroit Free Press For his series of photographs. depicting student life at Southwestern High School in Detroit.
1990 David C. Turnley Detroit Free Press For photographs of the political uprisings in China and Eastern Europe.
1991 William Snyder The Dallas Morning News For his photographs of ill and orphaned children living in subhuman conditions in Romania.
1992 John Kaplan Block Newspapers For his photographs depicting the diverse lifestyles of seven 21-year-olds across the United States.
1993 Staff Associated Press For its portfolio of images drawn from the 1992 presidential campaign.
1994 Kevin Carter Freelance For a picture first published in The New York Times of a starving Sudanese girl who collapsed on her way to a feeding center while a vulture waited nearby.
1995 Staff Associated Press For its portfolio of photographs chronicling the horror and devastation in Rwanda.[2]
1996 Stephanie Welsh Freelance For her shocking sequence of photos, published by Newhouse News Service, of a female circumcision rite in Kenya.[3]
1997 Alexander Zemlianichenko Associated Press For his photograph of Russian President Boris Yeltsin dancing at a rock concert during his campaign for re-election. (Moved by the Board from the Spot News Photography category.)[4]
1998 Clarence Williams Los Angeles Times For his powerful images documenting the plight of young children with parents addicted to alcohol and drugs.[5]
1999 Staff Associated Press For its striking collection of photographs of the key players and events stemming from President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky and the ensuing impeachment hearings.[6]
2000 Carol Guzy The Washington Post For their intimate and poignant images depicting the plight of the Kosovo refugees.[7]
2001 Matt Rainey The Star-Ledger For his emotional photographs that illustrate the care and recovery of two students critically burned in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University.[8]
2002 Staff The New York Times For its photographs chronicling the pain and the perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.[9]
2003 Don Barletti Los Angeles Times For his memorable portrayal of how undocumented Central American youths, often facing deadly danger, travel north to the United States.[10]
2004 Carolyn Cole Los Angeles Times For her cohesive, behind-the-scenes look at the effects of civil war in Liberia, with special attention to innocent citizens caught in the conflict.[11]
2005 Dean Fitzmaurice San Francisco Chronicle For her sensitive photo essay on an Oakland hospital's effort to mend an Iraqi boy nearly killed by an explosion.[12]
2006 Todd Heisler Rocky Mountain News For his haunting, behind-the-scenes look at funerals for Colorado Marines who return from Iraq in caskets.[13]
2007 Renée C. Byer The Sacramento Bee For her intimate portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer.[14]
2008 Preston Gannaway Concord Monitor For her intimate chronicle of a family coping with a parent's terminal illness.[15]
2009 Damon Winter The New York Times For his memorable array of pictures deftly capturing multiple facets of Barack Obama's presidential campaign.[16]
2010 Craig F. Walker The Denver Post For his intimate portrait of a teenager who joins the Army at the height of insurgent violence in Iraq, poignantly searching for meaning and manhood.[17]
2011 Barbara Davidson Los Angeles Times For her intimate story of innocent victims trapped in the city's crossfire of deadly gang violence.[18][19][20]
2012 Craig F. Walker The Denver Post For his compassionate chronicle of an honorably discharged veteran, home from Iraq and struggling with a severe case of post-traumatic stress, images that enable viewers to better grasp a national issue.[21][22][23]
2013 Javier Manzano Freelance For his extraordinary picture, distributed by Agence France-Presse, of two Syrian rebel soldiers tensely guarding their position as beams of light stream through bullet holes in a nearby metal wall.[24]
2014 Josh Haner The New York Times For his moving essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost most of both legs and now is painfully rebuilding his life.[25][26]
2015 Daniel Berehulak The New York Times For his gripping, courageous photographs of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.[27][28][29]
2016 Jessica Rinaldi The Boston Globe For the raw and revealing photographic story of a boy who strives to find his footing after abuse by those he trusted.[30]
2017 E. Jason Wambsgans Chicago Tribune 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.[31][32][33]
2018 Staff Reuters For shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar. (Moved by the Board from the Breaking News Photography category, where it was entered.)[34][35]
2019 Lorenzo Tugnoli The Washington Post For brilliant photo storytelling of the tragic famine in Yemen, shown through images in which beauty and composure were intertwined with devastation. (Moved by the jury from Breaking News Photography, where it was originally entered.)[36]
2020 Channi Anand, Mukhtar Khan, and Dar Yasin Associated Press For striking images captured during a communications blackout in Kashmir depicting life in the contested territory as India stripped it of its semi-autonomy.[37]
2021 Emilio Morenatti Associated Press For a poignant series of photographs that takes viewers into the lives of the elderly in Spain struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.[38]
2022 Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo, Amit Dave, and Danish Siddiqui Reuters For images of COVID’s toll in India that balanced intimacy and devastation, while offering viewers a heightened sense of place. (Moved from Breaking News Photography by the jury.)[39]
2023 Christina House Los Angeles Times For an intimate look into the life of a pregnant 22-year-old woman living on the street in a tent–images that show her emotional vulnerability as she tries and ultimately loses the struggle to raise her child.[40]
2024 Staff Associated Press For poignant photographs chronicling unprecedented masses of migrants and their arduous journey north from Colombia to the border of the United States.[41]

See also[edit]


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  21. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes 2012 | Works". Pulitzer.org. 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  22. ^ Braiker, Brian (16 April 2012). "Pulitzer Prizes 2012: a complete list of the winners and their notable work". The Guardian. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  23. ^ "Pulitzer Prize winning subject Scott Ostrom reflects on the pain that led to prize". Washington Post. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  24. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Works". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  25. ^ Conway, Richard. "Tyler Hicks, Josh Haner Pick Up 2014 Photography Pulitzer Prizes". Time. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  26. ^ "Look: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photographs". HuffPost UK. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  27. ^ "Feature Photography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  28. ^ "The 2015 Pulitzers, finalists in journalism and the arts". AP News. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  29. ^ "A Photographer Documents Ebola's Deadly Spread". Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  30. ^ "This heartbreaking photo essay just won a Pulitzer Prize". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  31. ^ "Feature Photography". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  32. ^ Tchekmedyian, Alene. "Chicago Tribune photographer wins Pulitzer Prize for 'superb' portraits of child shooting victim". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  33. ^ "Feature Photography - Winner from 2017 Pulitzer Prize winners in photography". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
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  35. ^ "Feature Photography Winner: Photography Staff of Reuters from Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs announced". ABC News. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  36. ^ Gonzalez, David; Estrin, James; Sedacca, Matthew (15 April 2019). "Photos of Yemen War and Central American Asylum Seekers Win Pulitzers". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-04-15 – via NYTimes.com.
  37. ^ "2020 Pulitzer Prizes". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
  38. ^ "2021 Pulitzer Prizes & Finalists". Pulitzer Prize. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  39. ^ "2022 Pulitzer Prizes & Finalists". Pulitzer Prize. May 9, 2022. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  40. ^ "The 2023 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Feature Photography". Pulitzer Prize. Retrieved May 15, 2023.
  41. ^ "The 2024 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Feature Photography". Pulitzer Prize. Retrieved May 7, 2024.

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