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...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)