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20 April 2015

Among the Pulitzer Prizes announced today were two photography honors in the categories of Breaking News and Feature Photography, each of which carry awards of $10,000.

The staff of the St. Lous Post-Dispatch took Breaking News for its "powerful images of the despair and anger in Ferguson, MO, stunning photojournalism that served the community while informing the country," according to the citation.

The Feature Photography prize was awarded to Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer, The New York Times, "for his gripping, courageous photographs of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa," the citation notes.


In an era which has seen the Chicago Sun-Times and Sports Illustrated lay off their photography staffs, it was bracing to see the Post-Dispatch staff honored for its work during the Ferguson protests.

The publication celebrated with a 19-image slide show of the impressive images, noting:

On Aug. 9, 2014, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed African-American, was shot and killed by Darren Wilson. The photography staff covered the story nonstop from that first day through November's grand jury decision not to indict Wilson. As the protests fueled a debate over race and policing tactics, the staff's images from months of demonstrations and police actions were shared globally.

Other finalists included:

  • Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev and Uriel Sinai of The New York Times for "photographs that portrayed the conflict in Ukraine in an intimate way, showing how the battle for power crushed the lives of people"
  • Tyler Hicks, Sergey Ponomarev and Wissam Nassar of The New York Times for "capturing key moments in the human struggle in Gaza and providing a fresh take on a long, bloody conflict"


Berehulak's photo essay Braving Ebola included interviews he did to accompany the "portraits of those who labor and those who survived at an Ebola treatment center in rural Liberia."

The portrait of 34-year-old George Beyan, for example, reports he contracted Ebola after carrying a sick friend in a hammock.

I got up in the morning, I prayed. In the evening, I prayed. At dinner, I prayed. Prayed to get well. Yesterday they said, 'You, you’re free.' I danced, I jumped.

His wife and two of his children were tested after his portrait was taken. He learned later that his 5-year-old William had tested positive. Beyan "returned to the Ebola ward to care for him. The boy died a few days later."

Other finalists included:

  • Bulent Kilic of Agence France-Presse in Washington, D.C., for "his compelling photographs of Kurds fleeing ISIS attacks in small Kurdish towns on the Syrian-Turkish border"
  • Bob Owen, Jerry Lara and Lisa Krantz of the San Antonio Express-News for "chilling photographs that document the hard road Central American migrants must follow to seek refuge in the United States"

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