Pulitzer Prize for Photography

The Pulitzer Prize for Photography was one of the American Pulitzer Prizes annually awarded for journalism. It was inaugurated in 1942 and replaced by two photojournalism prizes in 1968: the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography and "Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography". The latter was renamed for Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography in 2000.

The Pulitzer Prizes were established by the bequest of Joseph Pulitzer, which suggested four journalism awards, and were inaugurated beginning 1917. By 1942 there were eight Pulitzers for journalism; for several years now there have been 14 including the two for photojournalism.


There were 26 simple Photography prizes awarded in 26 years including two in 1944 (for 1943 work) and none in 1946.[1]


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Arnold Hardy

Arnold Hardy (February 2, 1922 – December 5, 2007) was an American amateur photographer who won the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for Photography.

His 1947 award-winning photo of a woman plunging from a window of the burning Winecoff Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, USA on December 7, 1946, became the defining image of the fire that killed 119 people. At the time, Hardy was 24 years old and a graduate student at Georgia Tech.Hardy later declined a job with the Associated Press, and instead began an x-ray equipment business. He died in 2007 at age 85 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications following hip surgery.

Barbara Davidson

Barbara Davidson is a Canadian three-time Pulitzer Prize and an Emmy Award winning Photojournalist and Commercial Photographer and Director.

Bill Foley

William "Bill" Foley is an American photojournalist whose work has been recognized by several national and international awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and International Press Freedom Awards. He has worked on assignment in 47 countries, with a particular focus on the Middle East, and currently lectures in fine arts (photography).

Carol Guzy

Carol Guzy (born March 7, 1956) is an American news photographer for The Washington Post. She has won the Pulitzer Prize four times—one of four people to do so, and the first journalist with that achievement.

Earle Bunker

Earle L. "Buddy" Bunker (September 4, 1912 – January 29, 1975) was a photographer for the Omaha World-Herald and one of the two winners of the 1944 Pulitzer Prize for Photography.

Bunker began his career with the Omaha Bee-News in 1929. In 1937, the Bee ceased publication when William Randolph Hearst sold it to the Omaha World-Herald. Bunker spent the rest of his career with the World-Herald.Bunker won the Pulitzer for a photograph entitled "Homecoming" of a World War II soldier returning home to greet his family. Lieutenant Colonel Robert Moore had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for leading his battalion against Erwin Rommel's Panzers in North Africa. He had been away from his family for sixteen months. Bunker waited over twenty-four hours for Moore's train to reach the station in Villisca, Iowa so he could take the photograph.

Eddie Adams (photographer)

Eddie Adams (June 12, 1933 – September 19, 2004) was an American photographer and photojournalist noted for portraits of celebrities and politicians and for coverage of 13 wars. He is best known for his photograph of the execution of a Viet Cong soldier, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969. Adams was a resident of Bogota, New Jersey.

El Porteñazo

El Porteñazo (2 June 1962 – 6 June 1962) was a short-lived military rebellion against the government of Rómulo Betancourt in Venezuela, in which rebels attempted to take over the city of Puerto Cabello (60 miles (97 km) from the capital). The rebellion was on a substantially larger scale than that of El Carupanazo a month earlier.

On 2 June 1962, units led by navy Captains Manuel Ponte Rodríguez, Pedro Medina Silva and Víctor Hugo Morales went into rebellion. The 55th National Guard Detachment declined to participate. The rebellion was crushed by the 3rd of June, leaving more than 400 dead and 700 injured, and by the 6th of June the rebels' stronghold of Solano Castle had fallen.A photograph of a chaplain holding a wounded soldier during the rebellion won the 1963 Pulitzer Prize for Photography and 1962 World Press Photo of the Year for Héctor Rondón of La República.

Horst Faas

Horst Faas (28 April 1933 – 10 May 2012) was a German photo-journalist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner. He is best known for his images of the Vietnam War.

John Filo

John Paul Filo (; born August 21, 1948) is a photographer whose picture of 14-year-old runaway Mary Ann Vecchio screaming while kneeling over the dead body of 20-year-old Jeffrey Miller, one of the victims of the Kent State shootings, won him the Pulitzer Prize in 1970. At the time, Filo was both a photojournalism student at Kent State University, and staffer of a satellite paper for the Greensburg Tribune-Review.

John L. Gaunt

John L. Gaunt (June 4, 1924 in Syracuse, New York – October 26, 2007 in Desert Hot Springs, California) was an American photographer. He won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Photography.He served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He studied at Compton College and graduated from University of Southern California, with a degree in zoology. He worked for the Los Angeles Times from October 1950 to 1988.His 1955 award-winning photo entitled "Tragedy by the Sea" depicted a young couple standing together beside a violent sea that had just taken their infant son away. As well as the Pulitzer, the photograph won an Associated Press Managing Editor's Award, and a prize from the California-Nevada Associated Press.

Kyōichi Sawada

Kyōichi Sawada (沢田 教一, Sawada Kyōichi, February 22, 1936 – October 28, 1970) was a Japanese photographer with United Press International who received the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Photography for his combat photography of the Vietnam War during 1965. Two of these photographs were selected as "World Press Photos of the Year" in 1965 and 1966. The 1965 photograph shows a Vietnamese mother and children wading across a river to escape a US bombing. The famous 1966 photograph shows U.S soldiers of the 1st Infantry division dragging a dead Viet Cong fighter to a burial site behind their M113 armored personnel carrier, after he was killed in a fierce night attack by several Viet Cong battalions against Australian forces during the Battle of Long Tan on 18 August 1966.

Sawada died together with Frank Frosch, UPI Phnom Penh branch chief, in 1970 while on their way to the Kirrirom Pass in Cambodia.

Martha Rial

Martha Rial (born 1961) is an independent photographer based in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the winner of 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography her photographs of Rwandan and Burundian refugees.

Milton Brooks

Milton E. "Pete" Brooks (August 29, 1901 – September 3, 1956) was the winner of the first Pulitzer Prize for photography in 1942.

Neal Ulevich

Neal Hirsh Ulevich (born June 18, 1946) is an American photographer. He won a Pulitzer Prize in 1977 for "photographs of disorder and brutality in the streets of Bangkok".

Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography

The Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography is one of the American Pulitzer Prizes annually awarded for journalism. From 2000 it has used the "breaking news" name but it is considered a continuation of the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography, which was awarded from 1968 to 1999. Prior to 1968, a single Prize was awarded for photojournalism, the Pulitzer Prize for Photography, which was replaced in that year by Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography and Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.

Robert H. Jackson (photographer)

Robert "Bob" Hill Jackson (born April 8, 1934) is an American photographer. In 1964, Jackson, then working for the Dallas Times Herald, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Photography for his photograph of the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby.

Stanley Forman

Stanley Joseph Forman (born July 10, 1945) is an American former photojournalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography two years in a row while working at the Boston Herald American.

Steve Starr

Steve Starr is an American photographer who won a Pulitzer Prize.

Yasushi Nagao

Yasushi Nagao (長尾 靖, Nagao Yasushi, May 20, 1930 – May 2, 2009) was a Japanese Pulitzer Prize-winning press photographer.

Nagao is best known for his photograph of Otoya Yamaguchi assassinating Japanese Socialist Party politician Inejiro Asanuma. At the time Nagao was a cameraman working for Mainichi Shimbun; Hisatake Abo, Nagao's picture editor, told Nagao to cover a debate at Hibiya Hall. As Yamaguchi challenged Asanuma, Nagao changed the focus to fifteen feet from ten feet.Nagao won the 1961 Pulitzer Prize and the 1960 World Press Photo of the Year award. The second award allowed Nagao to travel abroad widely, impossible for most Japanese people at the time.Nagao left the newspaper in 1962 and became a freelance photographer.Nagao was discovered collapsed in his bathroom on May 2, 2009. It is believed he died of natural causes.

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