Pulitzer win recognizes AP’s commitment to telling story of Syria

Five Associated Press photographers from around the globe were awarded the Pulitzer Prize this week for their powerful and heartrending coverage of the Syrian civil war, and AP was a finalist for its multiformat coverage there.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographers, clockwise from top left, Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen.

The breaking news photography award — reflecting work by the team of Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen — is the 51st Pulitzer Prize win for AP. The Pulitzer judges honored them for “producing memorable images under extreme hazard.”

“It’s tremendous recognition for a group of five of the most talented and brave photographers working in the world today for their work covering the awful war in Syria,” AP Vice President and Director of Photography told The New York Times “Lens” blog. “It’s very fitting given their dedication and commitment in the face of terrible work conditions over the course of the last year.”

Other news outlets around the world — including TIME magazine, BBC News and the Guardian — showcased galleries of the pictures.

“AP is widely and justifiably known for its coverage of war, and [this] prize fits into that rich tradition,” AP Vice President and Senior Managing Editor for International News John Daniszewski said. “The coverage of this war has been one of the most challenging of our era.”

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Members of the Associated Press headquarters newsroom applaud the announcement of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners, Monday, April 15, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

AP’s coverage of Syria is detailed in its digital annual report, which includes a video of Abd describing the image “he will never forget,” of a young boy crying at his father’s funeral. It’s an image that appeared on the front pages of The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal on the same day in 2012.