And the 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners for Photography Are...(NSFW)

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And the 2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners for Photography Are...(NSFW)

...pretty outstanding and powerful photos. Every single image that was awarded the prize was taken by photographers covering the war in Syria. What's particularly unique about the winner of the "Breaking News" category was that there was not a solitary winner; the award was shared by five photographers.

Photos were awarded in two categories. A single award was given in the "Feature Image" category to Javier Manzano for his picture of two Syrian rebel soldiers guarding their position as beams of light stream through bullet holes in a nearby metal wall. Manzano is the first freelance photographer to win a Pulitzer in 17 years.

The following images are the winners of the "Breaking News" category.

A Syrian man cries while holding the body of his son near Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 3, 2012. The boy was killed by the Syrian army. (Manu Brabo, Associated Press - October 3, 2012)

A wounded woman still in shock leaves Dar El Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Sept. 20, 2012. Dozens of Syrian civilians were killed, four children among them, in artillery shelling by Syrian government forces in the northern Syrian town. (Manu Brabo, Associated Press - September 20, 2012)

A boy named Ahmed mourns his father, Abdulaziz Abu Ahmed Khrer, who was killed by a Syrian army sniper, during his funeral in Idlib, northern Syria, March 8, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press - March 8, 2012)

People burn portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad during a demonstration against his regime in the outskirts of Idlib, northern Syria, Feb. 26, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press - February 26, 2012)

A man teaches Bilal, 11, how to use a toy rocket propelled grenade in Idlib, northern Syria, March 4, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press - March 4, 2012)

Free Syrian Army fighters sit in a house on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, June 12, 2012. (Khalil Hamra, Associated Press - June 12, 2012)

A rebel sniper aims at a Syrian army position, as he and another rebel fighter are reflected in a mirror inside a residential building in the Jedida district of Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 29, 2012. (Narciso Contreras, Associated Press - October 29, 2012)

A rebel fighter gestures for victory after firing a shoulder-fired missile toward a building where Syrian troops loyal to President Bashar Assad were hiding as they attempted to gain terrain against the rebels during heavy clashes in the Jedida district of Aleppo, Syria, Nov. 4, 2012. (Narciso Contreras, Associated Press- November 4, 2012)

A wounded Syrian civilian lies in the street with a shot to his stomach as he tries to escape the line of fire after he was targeted by a Syrian army sniper while walking near the frontline in the Bustan al-Qasr neighborhood of Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 20, 2012. (Narciso Contreras, Associated Press - October 20, 2012)

A Syrian man wheels a severely injured woman to a hospital for treatment after an artillery shell landed near a bakery in Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 23, 2012. (Narciso Contreras, Associated Press - October 23, 2012)

Mahmoud, a 21-year-old Palestinian resident of Syria who would only give his first name, rests in a field hospital after he was found Aug. 6, 2012, with three gunshot wounds in the town of Anadan on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria. Mahmoud described being the only survivor of a massacre in which he and 10 other men were blindfolded, beaten and sprayed with bullets. (Khalil Hamra, Associated Press - August 6, 2012)

Blood and used medical supplies spill out of the back door of Dar al-Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 11, 2012. (Manu Brabo, Associated Press- October 11, 2012)

A woman named Aida cries as she recovers from severe injuries after the Syrian army shelled her house in Idlib, northern Syria, March 10, 2012. Aida's husband and two children were killed in the attack. (Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press - March 10, 2012)

A man points a flashlight towards the body of a Syrian man killed by Syrian army shelling at a graveyard, in Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 13, 2012. (Manu Brabo, Associated Press - October 13, 2012)

Night falls on a Syrian rebel-controlled area of Aleppo, Nov. 29, 2012, as destroyed buildings, including Dar Al-Shifa hospital, are seen on Sa'ar street after airstrikes targeted the area a week before. (Narciso Contreras, Associated Press- November 29, 2012)

An apartment destroyed by tank shelling is seen in a building in the Karm al-Jabel neighborhood after several days of intense clashes between rebel fighters and the Syrian army in Aleppo, Syria, Oct. 28, 2012. (Narciso Contreras, Associated Press - October 28, 2012)

A family escapes from fierce fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government troops in Idlib, northern Syria, March 10, 2012. (Rodrigo Abd, Associated Press - March 10, 2012)

Displaced Syrian men wait for food near an NGO charitable kitchen in a refugee camp near Azaz, Syria, Oct. 23, 2012. Photo by Manu Brabo (Manu Brabo, Associated Press - October 23, 2012)

Abdullah Ahmed, 10, who suffered burns in a Syrian government airstrike and fled his home with his family, stands outside their tent at a camp for displaced Syrians in the village of Atmeh, Syria, Dec. 11, 2012. (Muhammed Muheisen, Associated Press - December 11, 2012)

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36 Comments

How sad to see these images. We really don't know how easy we have it..

Oh my god.... How can we do our part to stop these fighting?

We supply weapons to the side we want to win, the lesser of the two evils,

unfortunately you are correct

Am i mistaken but is it the same fighter in the eighth and ninth frame?

Mark Kauzlarich's picture

Its possible, since often times journalists will spend time with the same loose "unit" of people when they have a good relationship and feel safe.

Ya that makes sense... There was a good post awhile back here about the dishonesty of some journalists in war documenting.. I'm sure following a unit could go both ways. You could work with the unit to create the images you desire OR you could get to know the unit well enough to have an idea of what to expect. Hopefully these were done they honest way... they are beautiful and sad.

Mark Kauzlarich's picture

I wouldn't go about wildly insinuating anything, thats for sure. These are all well-known and well-regarded journalists. I'd give them the benefit of the doubt.

I mean, do you expect that once someone takes one photo of someone, they need to move on?

Nope. I would hardly say that I made wild insinuations either... in fact im not sure if anything was insinuated. In fact, I think it was a fair account of varying perspectives/possibilities.

I finally saw the movie Restrepo the other night, and it has something in common with this - in the understatement of the year, it is really awful to see people loosing their children. Be it from the selling of the Syrian gov't or because they got mixed up with the "bad guy" and where taken out as enemy combatants... it's still someone's child / sibling / spouse.

This is by no mean is honesty, its only one side full of lies and most of these fighter are terrorist from other country getting paid to destroy where once was a peaceful and beautiful country and its people.

Anto de Chav's picture

Syria has become the battleground for a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia and it's sunni partners,these "freedom fighters" are mostly foreigners and Al Qaeda members.

Powerful images. Everyone should see these. Not sure I agree with your NSFW distinction. Perhaps a "graphic image" notification or something like that.

Jayson Carey's picture

Why is all breaking news violent? These are amazing pictures, but every single one of them is from a war zone or a man-made disaster area of some sort.

shame to see that other peoples despair win prizes.

Gabriel Cruz's picture

I don`t think that is the despair that win prizes but the courage to get there and show the rest of the world that the things isn't good. The journalist photography has this assingment, always have.

Joshua Davis's picture

Yes, it is a shame, absolutely. Its a twisted world. however, If by seeing these photos it educates me, then can their purpose be for good? If we live in such a culture that is motivated by how people "feel", and by seeing these photos that appeal to my emotions, I or someone else could be compelled into action for the good of suffering people, then perhaps handing out competitive rewards to photographers who get us these photos could be a means to a greater more purposeful end. perhaps.

deleted by admin* shame to see that other peoples despair win prizes.

It is a shame that we as humanity do such things to one another, the images however, help create awareness of something that happens miles away from us and yet, exist.

As in many photos....where is the rest of the story...never mind the story, the facts. Posing people is also dishonest and many looked posed....not all (like 8 & 9 all clean and neat sticking the barrel out the window ((dumb)) and standing outside in the open cheering???).

Speechless.

The human race needs to have a reboot...it has no soul anymore especially when you target children as well...

MrAdamX's picture

Although these images are beautiful in their own way. Why do we keep "praising" and "awarding" each other for capturing these moments. We should be giving awards for things that make people better, make people smile, make people remember that there is more Good, than bad....

Chris Knight's picture

I don't believe anyone is 'praising' what is actually happening in the photos. They are awarding the photographers for their brave coverage covering the events and showing the horrors of what is happening in our world. If it is out of sight, it is often out of mind, and if people only want to wear rose-tinted glasses and see happy, positive things all the time, horrific things like these will continue to happen unobstructed Burying ones head in the sand doesn't solve problems. Things that make people smile are great, but we can't ignore difficult issues just because they don't make us feel good.

I hope this generation can see more of the reality where media do not usually cover. Prayers to the Syrians. May the innocent souls rest in peace.

The kid with the grenade launcher...If he actually shoots it, the recoil going to hurt him...

training the next generation...how sad.

Can't they trained just adults? They do have enough adults to train with.

Never give weapon to a child. But this what makes the image so impact...

Your comment makes me thing you have zero clue what is going on over there. lol read a little more. they aren't shooting guns for target practice. When that kid is like 14 or whatever he will be killing people to save his own life and the sake of his family. By the time he probably won't even know what peace is, and won't even know what he is fighting for, just pulling the trigger.

It's a toy if you read the caption.

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