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Photos of Car Attack and Refugees Win 2018 Pulitzer Prizes


The 2018 Pulitzer Prize winners have just been announced. Photographer Ryan Kelly of The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Virginia, won the Breaking News Photography category for his chilling photo of the moment a car attack slammed into racially-charged protests in his town — an incident that made national headlines.

“A vehicle plows into a group of protesters marching along 4th Street NE at the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville on the day of the Unite the Right rally on Saturday, August 12, 2017,” the caption reads.

The photo “reflected the photographer’s reflexes and concentration,” the Pulitzer Board writes.

Poynter reports that the photo was actually captured on Kelly’s last day in the newsroom before leaving to run social media for a brewery and work as a freelance photographer.

The prize for the Feature Photography category was awarded to the Photography Staff of Reuters for “shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar” (you can view the full gallery here).

Reuters had originally entered the images in the Breaking News Photography category, but the Pulitzer Board made the decision to move the entry to the Feature Photography category.

For their wins, Kelly and the Reuters photo staff each receive a $15,000 cash prize and a Pulitzer Prize certificate.

Image credits: Top photo by Ryan Kelly/The Daily Progress. Bottom photos by the Photography Staff of Reuters