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Honoring distinguished coverage of Latin America

, by Lauren Easton

AP photographer Rodrigo Abd received a Cabot Prize from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism on Tuesday, in recognition of his outstanding work documenting life in Latin America.

The Maria Moors Cabot Prizes are awarded for distinguished reporting on the Americas and coverage of the Western Hemisphere that furthers inter-American understanding.

AP photographer Rodrigo Abd waves during the award ceremony of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize at Columbia University in New York, Oct. 18, 2016. (AP Photo/Enric Marti)

At a dinner at Columbia University in New York, Abd received a gold medal and an honorarium. He addressed the guests, saying: “But here is the main point: we care, we love this continent (Latin America) and we want to tell stories in depth in our home countries."

In honoring Abd, the judges cited his “untiring commitment and uncommon empathy” in addressing urgent social issues.

Humberto Cova Mendoza, who works skinning fish, poses for a portrait at the port of El Callao, Peru, Nov. 27, 2012. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

Abd is one of four Cabot Prize winners. The others are Rosental C. Alves of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas; Margarita Martinez, a Colombian filmmaker; and Oscar Martinez of the digital newspaper El Faro in El Salvador. A special citation was also awarded to Marina Walker Guevara at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists for reporting on the Panama Papers.

The Cabot Prizes were announced in July. The corresponding AP story in Spanish is available here.