Click the slideshow below to see the winning photographs:
Agustina Cañamero, 81, and Pascual Pérez, 84, hug and kiss through a plastic film screen to avoid contracting the new coronavirus at a nursing home in Barcelona, Spain, June 22, 2020. Even when it comes wrapped in plastic, a hug can convey tenderness and relief, love and devotion. The fear that gripped Agustina Cañamero during the 102 days she and her 84-year-old husband spent physically separated during Spain’s coronavirus outbreak dissolved the moment the couple embraced through a screen of plastic film. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
A woman pushes a cart with her belongings as she walks along an empty street in downtown Barcelona, Spain, March 21, 2020. While Spanish authorities tell the public that staying home is the best way to beat the coronavirus pandemic, some people are staying out because home has come to mean the streets of Madrid and Barcelona. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
Nurse Marta Fernandez holds up a tablet computer over the chest of 94-year-old Maria Teresa Argullos Bove so that she can speak to her sister, children and grandchildren from her hospital bed at the COVID-19 ward at the hospital del Mar in Barcelona, Spain, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
The Pulitzer juries nominated five AP finalists, including the two winners:
- Investigative reporters Margie Mason and Robin McDowell, investigative reporting, for a series that exposed widespread abuse in the lucrative palm oil industry and traced the oil to major Western companies.
- Beijing-based reporter Dake Kang and AP staff, investigative reporting, for reporting that held China accountable for its early mishandling of COVID-19 and human rights violations against the Uyghurs.
- Photographers Hassan Ammar, Felipe Dana and Hussein Malla, breaking news photography, for images of the immediate aftermath of the Beirut port explosion that leveled part of the city.