2013 Pulitzer Prize Photography Winners Announced

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“Columbia University has announced the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners for photography. The prize for Breaking News Photography was awarded to jointly to Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen of the Associated Press, for their coverage of the conflict in Syria. The winner in the Feature Photography category is Javier Manzano, a freelance photograher, for his ‘extraordinary picture’ of two Syrian rebel soldiers illuminated by beams of light streaming through bullet holes. The annual awards include a cash prize of US$10,000.” (via)

Feature Photography

Awarded to Javier Manzano, a free-lance photographer, 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. (photo above)

Javier Manzano is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Istanbul, Turkey. Born in Mexico, Manzano left for the United States at the age of eighteen. To a large extent, his work has focused on the many cross-border issues that bind these two nations together – as estranged neighbors, vital partners and at times feeble associates. His career started in the newspaper industry as a photo- and videojournalist, and later expanded into television and electronic media. The Rocky Mountain News, Manzano’s last employer, closed its doors in February of 2009. Since then, Javier has worked as a freelance photographer covering the wars in Mexico, Afghanistan and Syria.

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Breaking News Photography

Awarded to Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen of the Associated Press for their compelling coverage of the civil war in Syria, producing memorable images under extreme hazard.

Rodrigo Abd has been a staff photographer for the Associated Press since 2003, based first in Guatemala and now in Peru. Born in Argentina in 1976, Abd covered covered political turmoil in Bolivia in 2003 and Haiti in 2004. He also covered the Venezuelan presidential elections in 2007 and 2011, and the Haitian earthquake in 2010. In 2010, he was twice embedded with US troops in Afghanistan. In 2011 he covered the revolution in Libya and in 2012 he covered the Syrian civil war. He has won multiple awards for his work.

Manu Brabo, born in Spain in 1981, is a freelance photojournalist whose work is focused mainly on social conflicts around the world. Since 2007 he has worked on the impact of natural disasters, political changes, uprisings, revolutions and wars in countries such as Honduras, Haití, Bolivia, Kosovo, Libya, Egypt, and Syria. He has won multiple awards for his work.

Narciso Contreras is a Mexican freelance photographer whose work focuses on religious communities, human nature and conflicts, the latter being his main focus for the past three years. Born in Mexico City in 1975, Contreras studied philosophy and photography in university, conducted research for many years, and has been a professional photographer for the last five years.

Khalil Hamra is a Palestinian-Egyptian photographer born in Kuwait in 1979 who joined the AP in 2002 based in Gaza. Since 2010 he has been based in Cairo, from where he has covered the Egyptian revolution and the civil war in Syria. In 2009, Hamra was recognized by the Overseas Press Club of America with its Robert Capa Gold Medal for his series covering the war in Gaza. He has won multiple other awards for his work.

Muhammed Muheisen, born in Jerusalem in 1981, is a Jordanian national based in Islamabad as The Associated Press’ chief photographer for Pakistan. He joined the AP in 2001, covering major events in the Middle East, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the Iraqi conflict, as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Yemen, Egypt, Syria and France. In 2005 he was a member of the AP team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. He has won multiple awards for his work.