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Pulitzer Winners in Photography Announced Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

14 June 2021

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 $15,000.


The Photography Staff of the Associated Press was awarded the Pulitzer for Breaking News for the second year in a row.

Julio Cortez. A protester carries a U.S. flag upside down, a sign of distress, next to a burning building, May 28, 2020, in Minneapolis. Protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody, broke out in Minneapolis for a third straight night.

The award was for "a collection of photographs from multiple U.S. cities that cohesively captures the country's response to the death of George Floyd." The image above by Julio Cortez is one in the collection of images.

Nominated as finalists in Breaking News Photography in 2021 were:

Joshua Irwandi, freelance photographer, National Geographic for "a starkly haunting photograph of a solitary coronavirus victim in an Indonesian hospital, wrapped in plastic and awaiting a body bag."

Hassan Ammar, Hussein Malla and Felipe Dana of Associated Press for "a series of images documenting the uncertainty and devastation following a seaport blast that rocked Beirut."


Emilio Morenatti of the Associated Press was awarded the Pulitzer for Feature Photography.

Emilio Morenatti. Agustina Cañamero, 81, hugs and kisses her husband Pascual Pérez, 84, through a plastic film screen to avoid contracting the coronavirus at a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, June 22, 2020.

The award was for "a poignant series of photographs that takes viewers into the lives of the elderly in Spain struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic."

Nominated as finalists in Feature Photography in 2021 were:

The Staff of Getty Images for "thorough coverage of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global community."

Tyler Hicks of The New York Times for "searing images that capture the toll of the coronavirus deep in Brazil's Amazon and how it ravaged the region's indigenous people."

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