Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography

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The Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography is one of the American Pulitzer Prizes annually awarded for journalism. From 2000 it has used the "breaking news" name but it is considered a continuation of the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography, which was awarded from 1968 to 1999. Prior to 1968, a single Prize was awarded for photojournalism, the Pulitzer Prize for Photography, which was replaced in that year by Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.

List of winners for Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography[edit]

There were 33 Spot News Photography prizes awarded in 32 years including two in 1977 (for 1976 work):

List of winners for Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography[edit]

One Breaking News Pulitzer has been awarded annually from 2000 without exception.

Year Photographer Organization Subject Web links
2000 Staff Rocky Mountain News "for its photographic coverage of students following the shooting at Columbine High School near Denver." images
2001 Alan Diaz Associated Press "for his photograph of federal agents removing Elián González from his uncle's home." image
2002 Staff The New York Times "for its coverage of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center." images
2003 Staff Rocky Mountain News "for its powerful, imaginative coverage of Colorado's raging forest fires." images
2004 David Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer The Dallas Morning News "for their eloquent photographs depicting both the violence and poignancy of the war in Iraq." images
2005 Staff Associated Press "for its stunning series of photographs of bloody yearlong combat inside Iraqi cities." images
2006 Staff The Dallas Morning News "for its vivid photographs depicting the chaos and pain after Hurricane Katrina engulfed New Orleans." images
2007 Oded Balilty Associated Press "for his powerful photograph of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces as they remove illegal settlers in the West Bank." image
2008 Adrees Latif Reuters "for his dramatic photograph of a Japanese videographer, sprawled on the pavement, fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar."[5] image
2009 Patrick Farrell The Miami Herald "for his provocative, impeccably composed images of despair after Hurricane Ike and other lethal storms caused a humanitarian disaster in Haiti." image
2010 Mary Chind The Des Moines Register "for her photograph of the heart-stopping moment when a rescuer dangling in a makeshift harness tries to save a woman trapped in the foaming water beneath a dam." image
2011 Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn, and Ricky Carioti The Washington Post "for their up-close portrait of grief and desperation after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti." images
2012 Massoud Hossaini Agence France-Presse "for his heartbreaking image of a girl crying in fear after a suicide bomber's attack at a crowded shrine in Kabul." images
2013 Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen Associated Press "for their compelling coverage of the civil war in Syria." images
2014 Tyler Hicks The New York Times "for courageously documenting a deadly terrorist attack at a Nairobi shopping mall." images
2015 Staff St. Louis Post-Dispatch "for powerful images of the despair and anger in Ferguson, Missouri, stunning photojournalism that served the community while informing the country."[6] images
2016 Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks, and Daniel Etter The New York Times "for photographs that captured the resolve of refugees, the perils of their journeys and the struggle of host countries to take them in." images
Staff Reuters "for gripping photographs, each with its own voice, that follow migrant refugees hundreds of miles across uncertain boundaries to unknown destinations." images
2017 Daniel Berehulak The New York Times "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."[7] images
2018 Ryan Kelly The Daily Progress "for a chilling image that reflected the photographer's reflexes and concentration in capturing the moment of impact of a car attack during a racially charged protest in Charlottesville, Va."[8] images
2019 Staff Reuters "for a vivid and startling visual narrative of the urgency, desperation and sadness of migrants as they journeyed to the U.S. from Central and South America."[9] images
2020 Staff Reuters "for wide-ranging and illuminating photographs of Hong Kong as citizens protested infringement of their civil liberties and defended the region's autonomy by the Chinese government."[10] images
2021 Staff Associated Press "for a collection of photographs from multiple U.S. cities that cohesively captures the country's response to the death of George Floyd."[11] images
2022 Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times "for raw and urgent images of the U.S. departure from Afghanistan that capture the human cost of the historic change in the country." images
Win McNamee, Drew Angerer, Spencer Platt, Samuel Corum and Jon Cherry Getty Images "for comprehensive and consistently riveting photos of the attack on the U.S. Capitol."[12] images
2023 Staff Associated Press "In recognition of 15 searing images that rendered in real-time the devastating human toll of the war in Ukraine".[13] images

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rubin, Cyma; Newton, Eric, eds. (2011). The Pulitzer Prize Photographs. Newseum Inc. ISBN 978-0-9799521-3-5.
  2. ^ Joshua Prager, December 2, 2006. "A Photograph's Hidden History", The Wall Street Journal, Weekend Edition, New York
  3. ^ Rubin, Cyma; Newton, Eric, eds. (2011). The Pulitzer Prize Photographs. Newseum Inc. ISBN 978-0-9799521-3-5.
  4. ^ "Annie Wells of The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, CA". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  5. ^ Latson, Jennifer (April 8, 2008). "Reuters photographer's risky shot wins Pulitzer". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-04-24. His photograph of the fatal shooting of a fellow journalist, the Japanese videographer Kenji Nagai, won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography on Monday.
  6. ^ "Breaking News Photography". The Pulitzer Prizes. Retrieved 20 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Breaking News Photography". Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Announcement of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize Winners". Pulitzer.org. 16 April 2018. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize Winners". Pullitzer.org. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  10. ^ "Announcement of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize Winners". Pullitzer.org. 3 May 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  11. ^ "2021 Pulitzer Prizes & Finalists". Pulitzer Prize. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  12. ^ "2022 Pulitzer Prizes & Finalists". Pulitzer Prize. May 9, 2022. Retrieved May 9, 2022.
  13. ^ "Haunting photos from Ukraine that earned AP a Pulitzer Prize". AP NEWS. 2023-05-08. Retrieved 2023-05-10.