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Photography staff of Reuters wins Pulitzer for feature photography

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The Pulitzers, the most prestigious awards in American journalism, recognized Reuters for feature photography documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

“In a year in which many Pulitzers were rightly devoted to U.S. domestic matters, we’re proud at Reuters to shine a light on global issues of profound concern and importance,” said Reuters editor in chief Stephen J. Adler.

The Reuters photography staff was honored for images of the violence endured by the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, as they fled Myanmar for Bangladesh.

“The extraordinary photography of the mass exodus of the Rohingya people to Bangladesh demonstrates not only the human cost of conflict, but also the essential role photojournalism can play in revealing it,” Adler said.

Finalists nominated in feature photography included Kevin Frayer, freelance photographer, Getty Images, for profoundly moving and historic pictures that portrayed Rohingya Muslims with dignity and grace as they fled ethnic cleansing in Myanmar;

Meridith Kohut, freelance photographer, the New York Times, for wrenching images from the streets, homes and hospitals of Venezuela, where government policies have resulted in widespread malnutrition and starvation of children; and

Lisa Krantz of the San Antonio Express-News for intimate, poetic images that captured the vibrant life of a boy born with an incurable, rare disorder, and his physical, spiritual and emotional journey.

The Pulitzer Prize winner in breaking news photography was Ryan Kelly of the Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va., 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 the city. 

Ivor Prickett, freelance photographer, the New York Times, was nominated as a finalist for heartbreaking and frightening images that brought a fresh approach to classic war photography and giving an intimate view of the impact on shellshocked survivors of what ISIS left behind in Mosul and Raqqa.

The Pulitzers have been awarded since 1917, after being established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The 17-member Pulitzer board is made up of past winners and other distinguished journalists and academics.

It chose the winners in 14 journalism categories, as well as seven that recognize fiction, drama, history, biography, poetry, general nonfiction and music. For a full list of winners, click here.


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Rohingya refugees cross the Naf River with an improvised raft to reach to Bangladesh in Teknaf, Bangladesh, November 12, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

An exhausted Rohingya refugee woman touches the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, Sept. 11, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Smoke is seen on the Myanmar border as Rohingya refugees walk on the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat through the Bay of Bengal, in Shah Porir Dwip, Bangladesh, Sept.11, 2017. (Photo: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters)

Hamida, a Rohingya refugee woman, weeps as she holds her 40-day-old son after he died as their boat capsized before arriving on shore in Shah Porir Dwip, Teknaf, Bangladesh, Sept. 14, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

The remains of a burned Rohingya village is seen in this aerial photograph near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine State, Myanmar, Sept. 27, 2017. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters)

Rohingya siblings fleeing violence hold one another as they cross the Naf River along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Palong Khali, near Coxís Bazar, Bangladesh, Nov. 1, 2017. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

Mohammed Shoaib, 7, who was shot in his chest before crossing the border from Myanmar in August, is held by his father outside a medical centre near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Nov. 5, 2017. (Photo: Adnan Abidi/Reuters)

An exhausted Rohingya refugee fleeing violence in Myanmar cries for help from others crossing into Palang Khali, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters)

People gather under heavy rain around bodies of Rohingya refugees after the boat they were using to flee violence in Myanmar capsized off Inani Beach near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 28, 2017. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Rohingya refugees are reflected in rain water along an embankment next to paddy fields after fleeing from Myanmar into Palang Khali, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Nov. 2, 2017. (Photo: Hannah McKay/Reuters)

Rohingya refugees try to take shelter from torrential rain as they are held by the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) after illegally crossing the border, in Teknaf, Bangladesh, Aug. 31, 2017. (Photo: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters)

A security officer attempts to control Rohingya refugees waiting to receive aid in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 21, 2017. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Rohingya refugees scramble for aid at a camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters)

Bodies of Rohingya refugees, who died when their boat capsized while fleeing Myanmar, are placed in a local madrasa in Shah Porir Dwip, in Teknaf, near Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, Oct. 9, 2017. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Betel leaves cover the face of 11-month-old Rohingya refugee Abdul Aziz whose wrapped body lay in his family shelter after he died battling high fever and severe cough at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Dec. 4, 2017. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)

Rohingya refugee children fly improvised kites at the Kutupalong refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, Dec.10, 2017. (Photo: Damir Sagolj/Reuters)