By Donald Winslow
NEW YORK, NY (April 20, 2015) – Two enormous stories that last year captured the world's attention and firmly held it for months – the racial violence in Ferguson, MO, that followed the killing of teenager Michael Brown, and the deadly Ebola pandemic that ravaged Liberia and parts of Africa – today also captured photojournalism's top honors in the 99th annual Pulitzer Prizes.
The photographic staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for their ongoing coverage of the saga in Ferguson, and Daniel Berehulak – shooting for The New York Times – won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for his collection of photographs from West Africa for braving Ebola.
Berehulak, a frequent contributor to the Times, is an Australian based in New Delhi, India, and represented by Reportage through Getty Images.
The Nominated Finalists for the Breaking News Photography Pulitzer were also both from The New York Times photography department: 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"; and 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."
The Nominated Finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography were: Bulent Kilic of Agence France-Presse in Washington, DC, "for his compelling photographs of Kurds fleeing ISIS attacks in small Kurdish towns on the Syrian-Turkish border"; and 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."
The photography category jurors were Geoff Forester, Barbara Davidson, Kevin Martin, Stacy Pearsall, and Maggie Steber.
EBOLA: A child suspected of being infected with Ebola was carried to a treatment center in Monrovia. Photograph by Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times