We all know about the Pulitzer Prize as it is one of the most renowned awards in the world of Literature and Photography. Trillions or billions of photographs are taken every year for the selection of the best ones, but only few of them are exceptional. The Pulitzer Prize for photography is probably the most famous award given in the branch of Journalism-related photographs. It is given to the photographs that truly stand out. It started from the year 1942 and given every year. So let’s know about some incredible photographs that won the Pulitzer Prize.
Incredible Photographs that won the Pulitzer Prize:
1. Execution in Liberia: This photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his images on the Liberian coup d’état of 1980. It was terrible incident that happened ever in the history of the world. In this photograph, you can see the ministers were tied to the poles for execution by the soldiers. The photography was done by Larry C. Price.
2. Kent State University Shooting: This photograph was taken by John Paul Filo on May 4, 1970 at Kent State University when shooting took place. The photograph which shows a woman, Mary Ann Veccio, who was kneeling beside the lifeless body of Jeffrey Miller. It won the Pulitzer Prize in the year 1971 for the best spot news
3. Fire Escape Collapse: In the year 1976, Stanley Forman won the Pulitzer Prize for News Photography for his photograph of 19 year old Diana Bryan and her two year old god daughter Tiare Jones, falling off a collapsed fire escape during a fire at their house in Boston, Massachusetts on 1975.
4. Sinking of the Andrea Doria: This photograph was taken by Harry A. Trask, who took this photograph from an airplane just 9 minutes before the ship completely disappeared beneath the waves. The name of the ship was Andrea Doria, which was Italy’s biggest, fastest and Safest Ship. This photograph won the Pulitzer Prize for the year 1957.
5. Screaming Girl: The Afghanistan born photographer Massoud Hossaini won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. The photograph was of a 12 year old Afghan Girl Tarana Akbari, who was screaming just after the suicidal blast which killed more than 70 people. This was really a very pathetic photograph taken on that year. Massoud was there when the blast took place.
6. Aid from a Padre: This photograph shows a priest holding up a dying soldier to offer him his last rites. The photograph was taken on June 4, 1962 during the military rebellion in Venezuela. The priest in this picture was a Venezuelan Naval Chaplain named Luis Padello. The Pulitzer Prize was awarded to this photograph on the 1963 to the photographer Hector Rondon Lovera.
7. Fire at Seton Hall University: Matt Rainey won the Pulitzer Prize for Photography in 2001, for his several photographs of two roommates Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos, who were burned on the January 19, 2000, due to Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The photographs were taken at Saint Barnabas medical Center in Livingston where they were admitted for treatment.
8. Bombings of US Embassy in Kenya and Tanzania: In the year 1999, the Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography was won by several press photographers for a series of photographs on a single incident of Bombings on the US embassies of Kenya and Tanzania. This incident occurred on August 7, 1998 where two bombs went off outside two different embassies. The explosion was so loud that it destroyed a five storied building and the embassy itself was severely damaged.
9. The Elian Gonzalez Controversy: Alan Diaz of the associated press won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography on the year 2001. His photograph showed US Federal Agents, armed with submachine guns, forcefully seizing a young boy names Elian Gonzalez from his relatives house in Florida. Actually he was rescued from a sank boat which was coming from Cuba to USA.
10. Saffron Revolution: We all know about the Saffron Revolution in Burma, Myanmar which took place in 2007, after the government’s decision of removing fuel subsidies. Adrees Latif of Reuters covered the full incident and won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking New Photography in the year 2008. Here the photograph contains the Japanese videographer Kenji Nagai, who was shot during the military crackdown.
These incredible photographs really remind us about the various brutal incidents around the world which took place over the time. Photographs are memories and that’s the reason these photographs are given such importance. It’s better to say that these photographers taking their life risks covered these amazing moments in their camera lens just for us and to keep the incidents alive among us. A great salute to the photographers once again and of course a great thanks to the Pulitzer Prize organization to select such photographs which really deserves the mention.