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2020 Pulitzer Prizes announced: 3 photojournalists from Jammu & Kashmir won the feature photography

On May 4, 2020, The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced in 15 Journalism categories and 7 Book, Drama and Music categories by its administrator, Dana Canedy,via video-conference instead of a ceremony at Columbia University in New York, United States (US) due to the coronavirus pandemic for their “striking images of life” in the valley.3 photojournalists from Jammu & Kashmir win Pulitzer Prize 20203 Indian photojournalists won 2020 Pulitzer Prizein feature photography

The three Indian photojournalists namely Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand from Jammu and Kashmir who work for Associated Press (AP) have won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography. The award recognized their exceptional coverage of Jammu and Kashmir during the lockdown that was imposed on Jammu and Kashmir by the Central Government after the revocation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019.

  • The winning photographers captured images of protests, the police, paramilitary action and daily life in Jammu and Kashmir after phone and internet services were shut down in August 2019, making it difficult for the world to gain access to the region.
  • Somehow, they managed to reach the airport and convinced Kashmiri passengers to carry photos stored in drives and disks to Delhi and hand them over to the Associated Press staff.
  • Yasin and Khan are residents of Srinagar in Kashmir while Anand lives in Jammu.

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  • The citation comes with a bequest by the Pulitzer Prize board of at least $50,000 in support of her mission. Recipients will be announced at a later date.

Following is the list of 2020 Pulitzers Award Winners in different categories

Category Winner Country
Public Service Anchorage Daily News with contributions from ProPublica Alaska, USA
Breaking News Reporting Staff of The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Ky. Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Investigative Reporting Brian M. Rosenthal of The New York Times USA
Explanatory Reporting Staff of The Washington Post USA
Local Reporting Staff of The Baltimore Sun Maryland, USA
National Reporting Dominic Gates, Steve Miletich, Mike Baker and Lewis Kamb of The Seattle Times
T. Christian Miller, Megan Rose and Robert Faturechi of ProPublica
USA
International Reporting Staff of The New York Times USA
Feature Writing Ben Taub of The New Yorker USA
Commentary Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times USA
Criticism Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times USA
Editorial Writing Jeffery Gerritt of the Palestine (Tx.) Herald Press Palestine& Texas, USA
Editorial Cartooning Barry Blitt, contributor, The New Yorker USA
Feature Photography

Breaking News Photography

ChanniAnand, Mukhtar Khan and Dar Yasin of Associated Press (AP)

Photography staff of Reuters

India

AP Headquarter- New York, USA

 

 

Audio Reporting Staff of This American Life with Molly O’Toole of the Los Angeles Times and Emily Green, freelancer, Vice News USA

Books, Drama and Music

Category Winner
Fiction The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday)
Drama A Strange Loop, by Michael R. Jackson
History Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America, by W. Caleb McDaniel (Oxford University Press)
Biography Sontag: Her Life and Work, by Benjamin Moser (Ecco)
Poetry The Tradition, by Jericho Brown (Copper Canyon Press)
General Nonfiction The End of the Myth: From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America, by Greg Grandin (Metropolitan Books)

The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Time, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care, by Anne Boyer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

Music The Central Park Five, by Anthony Davis

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About Pulitzer award:
Established in 1917, the Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States (US). It is presented by Columbia University.

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Headquarter– New York, USA