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
There were 33 Spot News Photography prizes awarded in 32 years including two in 1977 (for 1976 work).
- 1968: Rocco Morabito, Jacksonville Journal, for his photograph of telephone linemen, "The Kiss of Life".
- 1969: Edward T. Adams, Associated Press, for his photograph, "Saigon Execution".
- 1970: Steve Starr, Associated Press, for his news photo taken at Cornell University, "Campus Guns".
- 1971: John Paul Filo, Valley Daily News/Daily Dispatch, of the Pittsburgh suburbs of Tarentum and New Kensington, for his pictorial coverage of the Kent State University tragedy on May 4, 1970.
- 1972: Horst Faas and Michel Laurent, Associated Press, for their picture series, "Death in Dacca".
- 1973: Huynh Cong Ut, Associated Press, for his photograph, "The Terror of War", depicting children in flight from a napalm bombing.
- 1974: Anthony K. Roberts, a freelance photographer of Beverly Hills, California, for his picture series, "Fatal Hollywood Drama", in which an alleged kidnapper was killed.
- 1975: Gerald H. Gay, Seattle Times, for his photograph of four exhausted firefighters, "Lull in the Battle".
- 1976: Stanley Forman, Boston Herald-American, for his sequence of photographs of a fire in Boston, including Fire Escape Collapse, on July 22, 1975.
- 1977: Stanley Forman, Boston Herald-American, for his photograph The Soiling of Old Glory, which depicts Joseph Rakes attacking Theodore Landsmark — using an American flag as a lance — during a desegregation busing demonstration at Boston City Hall.
- 1977: Neal Ulevich, of the Associated Press, for a series of photographs of disorder and brutality in the streets of Bangkok.
- 1978: John Blair, special assignment photographer for United Press International, for a photograph of a broker held hostage at gunpoint by Tony Kiritsis.
- 1979: Thomas J. Kelly III, Pottstown Mercury, Pennsylvania, for a series called "Tragedy on Sanatoga Road." It is of a man, Richard G., who was holding his wife and daughter hostage as he was running from the police.
- 1980: Anonymous, Ettela'at, United Press International, for "Firing Squad in Iran". In 2006, the photographer's identity was revealed to be Jahangir Razmi.
- 1981: Larry C. Price, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, for his photographs from Liberia.
- 1982: Ron Edmonds, Associated Press, for his coverage of the Reagan assassination attempt.
- 1983: Bill Foley, Associated Press, for his series of pictures of victims and survivors of the massacre in the Sabra Camp in Beirut.
- 1984: Stan Grossfeld, Boston Globe, for his series of photographs which reveal the effects of war on the people of Lebanon.
- 1985: Photography staff, Register, Santa Ana, California, for their coverage of the Olympic Games.
- 1986: Carol Guzy and Michel du Cille, Miami Herald, for their photographs of the devastation caused by the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia.
- 1987: Kim Komenich, San Francisco Examiner, for his photographic coverage of the fall of Ferdinand Marcos.
- 1988: Scott Shaw, Odessa American, for his photograph of the child Jessica McClure being rescued from the well into which she had fallen.
- 1989: Ron Olshwanger, a freelance photographer, for a picture published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of a firefighter giving mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a child pulled from a burning building.
- 1990: Photo staff of the Oakland Tribune, California, for their photographs of devastation caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake of October 17, 1989. The Oakland Tribune team consisted of Tom Duncan, Angela Pancrazio, Pat Greenhouse, Reginald Pearman, Matthew Lee, Gary Reyes, Michael Macor, Ron Riesterer, Paul Miller, Roy H. Williams.
- 1991: Greg Marinovich, Associated Press, for a series of photographs of supporters of South Africa's African National Congress murdering a man they believed to be a Zulu spy.
- 1992: Staff, Associated Press, for photographs of the attempted coup in Russia and the subsequent collapse of the Communist regime.
- 1993: Ken Geiger and William Snyder, Dallas Morning News, for their photographs of the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
- 1994: Paul Watson, Toronto Star, for his photograph, published around the world, of a U.S. soldier's body being dragged by Somalis through the streets of Mogadishu.
- 1995: Carol Guzy, Washington Post, for her series of photographs illustrating the crisis in Haiti and its aftermath.
- 1996: Charles Porter IV, a freelancer, for his photographs taken after the Oklahoma City bombing and distributed by the Associated Press, showing a one-year-old victim (Baylee Almon) handed to and then cradled by a fireman.
- 1997: Annie Wells, Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, California, for her photograph of a firefighter rescuing a teenager from raging floodwaters.
- 1998: Martha Rial, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, for her portraits of survivors of the conflicts in Rwanda and Burundi.
- 1999: Staff, Associated Press, for its portfolio of images following the embassy bombing in Kenya and Tanzania.
List of winners for Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography
One Breaking News Pulitzer has been awarded annually from 2000 without exception.
- 2000: Photographic staff of the Denver Rocky Mountain News, "for its photographic coverage of students following the shooting at Columbine High School near Denver." (citation, images)
- 2001: Alan Diaz, The Associated Press, "for his photograph of federal agents removing Elián González from his uncle's home."(citation, image)
- 2002: Staff of The New York Times, "for its coverage of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center." (citation, images)
- 2003: Photographic staff of the Rocky Mountain News, "for its powerful, imaginative coverage of Colorado's raging forest fires." (citation, 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." (citation, images)
- 2005: Staff of The Associated Press, "for its stunning series of photographs of bloody yearlong combat inside Iraqi cities." (citation, images)
- 2006: Staff of The Dallas Morning News, "for its vivid photographs depicting the chaos and pain after Hurricane Katrina engulfed New Orleans." (citation, images)
- 2007: Oded Balilty of The Associated Press, "for his powerful photograph of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces as they remove illegal settlers in the West Bank." (citation, image)
- 2008: Adrees Latif of Reuters, "for his dramatic photograph of a Japanese videographer, sprawled on the pavement, fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar." (citation, image)
- 2009: Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald, "for his provocative, impeccably composed images of despair after Hurricane Ike and other lethal storms caused a humanitarian disaster in Haiti." (citation, image)
- 2010: Mary Chind of 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." (citation, image)
- 2011: Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post, "For their up-close portrait of grief and desperation after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti." (citation, images)
- 2012: Massoud Hossaini of 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." (citation, images)
- 2013: The Argentinian Rodrigo Abd and his partners of The Associated Press, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra, Manu Brabo and Muhammed Muheisen "for their compelling coverage of the civil war in Syria".
- 2014: Tyler Hicks of The New York Times, "for courageously documenting a deadly terrorist attack at a Nairobi shopping mall."
- 2015: St. Louis Post-Dispatch photography staff "for powerful images of the despair and anger in Ferguson, Missouri, stunning photojournalism that served the community while informing the country."
- 2016: (Two winners) Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks, and Daniel Etter of 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" and Photography Staff of Reuters "for gripping photographs, each with its own voice, that follow migrant refugees hundreds of miles across uncertain boundaries to unknown destinations."
- 2017: Daniel Berehulak, freelance photographer "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."
- 2018: Ryan Kelly of 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."
- 2019: Staff of 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."
- 2020: Staff of 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."
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