2022 Pulitzer Prizes Won by Photos of Afghanistan’s Fall and India COVID

Columbia University has announced the 2022 Pulitzer Prizes and photographers from the Los Angeles Times and Reuters took top honors in the two photography categories.

The Pulitzer Prize is awarded across multiple categories, two of which are dedicated to photography: Breaking News Photography and Feature Photography.

Marcus Yam, a Malaysian-born photojournalist who works as a foreign correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, was awarded the Pulitzer in the Breaking News category for his coverage of the fall of Afghanistan.

“Yam delivered pictures of unspeakable tragedy and abiding emotion despite a manhandling by one of the insurgents, the near-constant menace of other fighters and the abundant technical hurdles of transmitting images out of a war zone,” the LA Times writes.

“Yam’s award was the 49th Pulitzer Prize for The Times since 1942, including six gold medals for public service.”

Yam’s photos, which are described by the Pulitzer Prize Board as “raw” and “urgent” as the United States departed from Afghanistan, can be seen in a gallery on the Pulitzer webiste.

The Feature Photography category was won by Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo, Amit Dave, and the late Danish Siddiqui of Reuters for their coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. Siddiqui, who had previously won a Pulitzer for photography, was killed on assignment in Afghanistan in July of 2021. His death was originally attributed to crossfire, but later new reports determined he was killed after he was abandoned in the confusion of a retreat.

The Pulitzer Prize Board says the photos by Abidi, Mattoo, Dave, and Siddiqui show COVID’s toll in India and balance intimacy and devestation, “while offering viewers a heightened sense of place.” A full gallery of photos from the group can be found on the Pulitzer website.

The full list of all 2022 Pulitzer winners across all categories can be found on the Pulitzer website.