NEW YORK, NY (April 15, 2013) – Javier Manzano, shooting for Agence France-Press, and five photographers from The Associated Press have been awarded the Pulitzer Prizes for News and Feature Photography for their photographic coverage of the ongoing war in Syria.
The announcement was made today by the Pulitzer Committee at Columbia University in Manhattan.
Photojournalists Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen of The Associated Press were awarded the Breaking News Photography Pulitzer Prize for "their compelling coverage of the civil war in Syria, producing memorable images under extreme hazard." The AP has published an online slideshow of the winning Syria portfolio here.
Javier Manzano, freelancing for Agence France-Press, won the Feature Photography Pulitzer for his image of two Syrian rebel soldiers tensely guarding their position as beams of light stream through bullet holes in a nearby metal wall.
Manzano is a photojournalist and filmmaker based in Istanbul, Turkey. Born in Mexico, Manzano left for the United States when he was 18. His career started in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist and videographer. He worked at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver before it closed in 2009. Since then he's worked as a freelancer covering wars in Afghanistan, Syria, and violence in Mexico.
Nominated finalists in the Breaking News Photography category included The Denver Post photography staff for their coverage of the massacre in an Aurora, CO, movie theater, and Tyler Hicks of The New York Times for his coverage of the destruction of a Gaza neighborhood after an Israeli bombing.
Finalists in the Feature Photography catebory included Liz O. Baylen of the Los Angeles Times for her photographs in the series "Dying For Relief," about prescription drug abuse, and Renée C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee for her photographs of a grandfather who is raising three grandchildren after the violent death of his daughter and the loss of his wife to cancer.
The photogrpahy category jury this year was headed by co-chair Janet Reeves, of the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and co-chair Judy Walgren of The San Francisco Chronicle. Jury members included Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times; Thomas A. Franklin of the North Jersey Media Group; and Kathy Kieliszewski, the photography and video director for the Detroit Free Press.
The Pulitzer for Breaking News Coverage went to The Denver Post staff for their coverage of Colorado's wildfires.
(BELOW) Two rebel soldiers in Syria guard their sniper's nest in the Karmel Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo as light streams through more than a dozen holes made by bullets and shrapnel in the tin wall behind them. The dust from more than one hundred days of shelling, bombing and firefights hung in the air. Karmel Jabl is strategically important because of its proximity to the main road that separates several of the main battlegrounds in the city. Both sides (the Free Syria Army and the regime) rely heavily on snipers in a cat and mouse game along Aleppo's frontlines. Photograph by Javier Manzano