Columbia University has announced the 2012 Pulitzer Prize winners for photography. The prize for Breaking News Photography was awarded to 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.’
The winner in the Feature Photography category is Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post, ‘for his compassionate chronicle of an honourably discharged veteran, home from Iraq and struggling with a severe case of post-traumatic stress.’ The annual awards include a cash prize of US$10,000. Information on this year’s awards and the winning photographs can be found on the Pulitzer Prizes site.
Massoud Hossaini is an Afghanistan-born photographer, raised in Iran, who chose photography as a means of documenting the events around him, covering the plight of Afghan refugees and the post-9/11 War on Terrorism in Afghanistan. He has worked for Agence France-Presse since 2007. Craig F. Walker has been a staff photojournalist at the Denver Post since 1998. He is a previous Pulitzer Prize winner (2010) for his series of images about a teenage American soldier during the height of violence in Iraq. 18 Smart