Created in 1904 by Joseph Pulitzer, the Pulitzer Prize rewards the best creations of the year in the fields of journalism, literature, fiction and music. Two categories relate directly to photography.
The Pulitzer Prize has fourteen categories in the field of journalism, to which are added seven distinctions in the fields of letters, theater and music. Two special distinctions were also announced during this 2019 edition. In all these categories, two relate directly to photography exercised within the framework of a journalism activity.
Breaking News Photography
The first, called “Breaking News Photography”, rewards the work done on hot news and this year selected the work of eleven photographers from the Reuters agency. This is not the first time that the British agency has received such an award since it received the same award in 2016 on the theme of migration in the world. This year again it is a question of migrations since it is for his “vivid visual tale of the urgency, despair and sadness of migrants who travel to the United States from Central and South America “ that the agency is rewarded. She won the sum of $ 15,000 with this prize.
The reportage category rewards a photographer and this year highlights the Italian Lorenzo Tugnoli, for “a brilliant photographic narrative of the tragic famine in Yemen, illustrated by images in which beauty and calm mingle with devastation “.
Initially presented in the Breaking News category, his report was proposed in the Feature Photography category by the jury of the competition which elected him the winner. His report was published in the Washington post with whom he collaborates regularly. Resident in Beirut, Lorenzo Tugnoli covers the Middle East for various press titles and produced in 2014 in collaboration with the writer Francesca Recchia, “The Little Book of Kabul “, a portrait of the capital of Afghanistan through the daily life of the city’s artists.
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The 2019 Pulitzer Prizes have been awarded