This year’s Pulitzer Prize winners have been announced. As every year, photographers are among winners as well. Both winners illustrated violence and fear, but on different sides of the world.
Daniel Berehulak won the Breaking News Photography Award for documenting violence in Philippines, brought about by a government assault on drug dealers and users. E. Jason Wambsgans won Feature Photography Award for the portrayal of a 10-year-old boy and his mother, who were after trying to recover from the boy being shot in Chicago.
Daniel Berehulak is an award-winning photojournalist and freelance photographer. He was born in Sydney, Australia, but currently based in Mexico City. As a photojournalist, he has visited more than 60 countries covering history-shaping events.
Before winning the 2017 Breaking News Photography Award, Berehulak won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography. It was for his coverage of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa for The New York Times. In 2011, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of the 2010 floods in Pakistan.
The winning work of 2017 Pulitzer Prize was published in The New York Times, and shows the heartless disregard for human life in the Philippines. It was a result of a government assault on drug dealers and users.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 10, 2017
Jason Wambsgans has been a staff photographer at the Chicago Tribune since 2002. He has been covering a wide range of news and feature assignments. In the last four years, he has been documenting the problem of gun violence in Chicago.
His winning work of 2017 Pulitzer Prize portrays a 10-year-old boy and his mother. They were both striving to put the boy’s life back together after he survived a shooting in Chicago.
— ChicagoBreaking (@ChicagoBreaking) April 10, 2017
Other finalists of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize include Jake May of The Flint Journal and Katie Falkenberg of Los Angeles Times for Feature Photography. As for Breaking News Photography, freelance photographer Jonathan Bachman and Photography Staff of the Associated Press were the 2017 finalists.
As for the prizes, each winner receives $15,000, as well as the Pulitzer Medal.
[via DP Review; cover image credits Vladimir Babenko]