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2013 Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced, All Depict Syrian Civil War

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Columbia University has announced the winning photographs of both the Breaking News and Feature Photography Pulitzer prizes for 2013 — all of which depict the heartrending civil war in Syria. At first glance that may not seem like a big deal, but when you consider that the Breaking News prize wasn’t awarded to one, but five AP photographers jointly, the power of these photos begins to sink in.

At the top we have the winner of the Feature Photography Pulitzer, taken by freelance photographer Javier Manzano who we had the pleasure of interviewing in June of last year. The photo shows two rebel soldiers guarding their sniper’s nest in Aleppo, illuminated by light streaming through bullet holes.

Below we have one photo from each of the five Breaking News winners. All of these photos were taken in Syria, many in extremely hazardous situations:

A wounded woman leaves a hospital in Aleppo still in shock. (c) Manu Brabo, AP

A wounded woman leaves a hospital in Aleppo still in shock. (c) Manu Brabo, AP

A boy name Ahmed mourns for his father, who was killed by a Syrian army sniper.

A boy name Ahmed mourns for his father, who was killed by a Syrian army sniper. (c) Rodrigo Abd, AP

Ten-year-old Abdullah Ahmed recovering from burns he received during a Syrian government airstrike. (c) Muhammed Muheisen, AP

Ten-year-old Abdullah Ahmed recovering from burns he received during a Syrian government airstrike. (c) Muhammed Muheisen, AP

Free Syrian Army fighters resting in a house on the outskirts of Aleppo. (c) Khalil Hamra, AP

Free Syrian Army fighters resting in a house on the outskirts of Aleppo. (c) Khalil Hamra, AP

Rebel fighter gestures for victory after firing a missile toward a building where Syrian troops were hiding. (c) Narciso Contreras, AP

Rebel fighter gestures for victory after firing a missile toward a building where Syrian troops were hiding. (c) Narciso Contreras, AP

In addition to the recognition of their peers, all of the winners will also go home with $10,000 as further acknowledgement of the incredible photos they have taken. To see all of this year’s Pulitzer winners, including more detailed captions and additional photos from each of the AP photographers above, head over to the Pulitzer Prize website by clicking here.


Image credits: Photography by Javier Manzano, Manu Brabo, Rodrigo Abd, Muhammed Muheisen, Khalil Hamra, Narciso Contreras.