1968: Toshio Sakai, United Press International,"for his Vietnam War combat photograph, Dreams of Better Times.“Photo depicts a scene from a camp of U.S troops in South-Vietnam. Thesoldier in the foreground slept on a pile sand bags while his comrade in thebackground was watching guard. The two troops were of the First AwayDivision and rested after heavy sniper and mortar fire. They were wearingPonchos to stay dry even though the Moonson was pouring ceaselessly.The poncho was versatile: it also kept away the red ants. Anotheradvantage was that an injured soldier in a poncho was easy to pull awayfrom the action. The two troops were taking this rest at the Landing ZoneRufe about 36 miles northeast of Phuc Vinh. The Moonson was just one ofthe obstacles to The American troops which they were not used to andwhich was therefore difficult to handle. With reference to the photograph’smessage, the sleeping G.I was perhaps dreaming of a time without rain andwithout war.Feature Photography 1968
1969: Moneta Sleet Jr. of Ebony magazine,"for his photograph of Martin Luther King Jr.s widow and child, taken at Dr. Kingsfuneral.“It has been just five days since a snipers bullet killed the civil rights leader. CorettaScott King has discovered that the pool of journalists covering her husband’sfuneral does not include a black photographer. She sends word: If Moneta Sleet isnot allowed into the church, there will be no photographers.Feature Photography 1969
1970: Dallas Kinney, Palm Beach Post (Florida),"for his portfolio of pictures of Florida migrant workers, Migration to Misery.“In 1969, photojournalist Dallas Kinney began a two and a half month migrationto visually document the men, women and children of migrant farm workers inthe US. Kinney was awarded the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for photojournalism, andthe first annual “Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Journalism Award.This was the first Pulitzer award for a series of photographs.Feature Photography 1970
1972: David Hume Kennerly, United Press International,"for his dramatic photographs of the Vietnam War in 1971.“Feature Photography 1972
1973: Brian Lanker, Topeka Capital-Journal, "for his sequence on child birth,as exemplified by his photograph, Moment of Life.“Feature Photography – 1973Brian Lanker was a young, single photographer at the Topeka Capital-Journal,intrigued by the Lamaze method of childbirth. It took him six months to find aKansas couple willing to be photographed.Jan. 27, 1972: Lanker was in the delivery room with parents-to-be Lynda andJerry Coburn. “During early labor,” he said, “it was obvious to them that I wasthere. Later on, you have a bunch of doctors and nurses and I was able to blendin.” But the photographer was “so caught up with the moment and the emotion,”he needed a kind of “sixth sense” to stay focused. “Fortunately, yourprofessionalism and artistry take over and allow you to do the work.”Tiny Jacki Lynn Coburn arrived, and Lanker captured “the incredible moment” — ababy’s first breaths, a father’s look, a mother’s smile.
1974: Slava Veder, Associated Press, "for his picture Burst of Joy, whichillustrated the return of an American prisoner of war from captivity in NorthVietnam.“Feature Photography 1974One of those POWs is Col. Robert L Stirm of the U.S. Air Force. Stirm was shotdown over Hanoi and badly wounded, his family had waited almost six yearsnot knowing whether they would see him again. A giant C-141 taxis toward thecrowd. The men disembark, alert and solemn in new dress uniforms. Stirm isthe last man off. Briefly, he addresses the crowd, “Thank you for thisenthusiastic reception God bless you and God bless America”.As Stirm finishes speaking, Veder notices: “There was motion. The family hadstarted to run toward him, and that’s what caught my eye.” Veder raises hiscamera, Stirm sees his children running toward him, Veder clicks the shutter: aburst of joy, captured in one frame. Stirm’s son remembers: “It was just thisoverwhelming feeling, he finally made it back”.
1977: Robin Hood, Chattanooga News-Free Press, "for his photograph of adisabled veteran and his child at an Armed Forces Day parade.“Feature Photography 1977By spring 1976 the Vietnam War is over, but the effects are deeply embedded inthe lives of millions. Robin Hood went over as an Army information officer butcame back as a photographer. Eddie Robinson served in Vietnam, too, but thewar took something away from him: his legs.The two veterans cross paths at the Armed Forces Day Parade in Chattanooga,Tenn., on May 15, 1976. Hood is walking along the sidelines, taking pictures forthe Chattanooga News-Free Press. “I had just finished photographing a group ofsmall Vietnamese children who had been relocated to Chattanooga as warrefugees and were now watching the parade and waving small American flags.”Then Hood sees Robinson, in army fatigues, a rain poncho — and a wheelchair.“The thought occurred to me that here was a man who had made a supremesacrifice for the freedom of those (Vietnamese) children-” Hood releases theshutter. Robinson wistfully watches the parade and protects a child from the rain.
1978: J. Ross Baughman, Associated Press, "for three photographs fromguerrilla areas in Rhodesia.“Feature Photography 1978Ross Baughman wears a military uniform and carries a rifle. He rides theRhodesian back country on horseback. But he is not a soldier. He is aphotographer for The Associated Press.It is 1977. The white Rhodesian government is under intense pressure from thecountry’s disenfranchised black majority. Baughman travels with a ruggedcavalry unit. Grey’s Scouts. Their mission: to seek out anti-government guerrillasand destroy them.The villagers will not give up the guerrillas. So the scouts resort to torture. “Theyforce them to line up in push-up stance,” Baughman remembers. “They’reholding that position for 45 minutes in the sun. many of them starting to shakeviolently.”The soldiers warn that the first man who falls will be taken away. “Eventually, thefirst guy fell. They took him around the back of the building, knocked him out andfired a shot into the air. They continued bringing men to the back of the building.The poor guy on the end started crying and going crazy and he finally broke andstarted talking. As it turns out. what he was saying wasn’t true, but the scoutswere willing to use it as a lead.”Remembers Baughman: “It had all the feeling of an eventual massacre. I wasafraid that I might see entire villages murdered.”
1981: Taro Yamasaki, Detroit Free Press,"for his photographs of Jackson StatePrison, Michigan.“Feature Photography 1981
1983: James B. Dickman, Dallas TimesHerald, "for his telling photographs of lifeand death in El Salvador.“Feature Photography 1983
1984: Anthony Suau, The Denver Post, "fora series of photographs which depict thetragic effects of starvation in Ethiopia andfor a single photograph of a woman at herhusbands gravesite on Memorial Day.“Feature Photography 1984
Tom Gralish of The Philadelphia Inquirerfor his series of photographs ofPhiladelphia’s homeless.Feature Photography 1986
Michel duCille of The Miami Herald forphotographs portraying the decay andsubsequent rehabilitation of a housingproject overrun by the drug crack.Feature photography – (1988)
Manny Crisostomo of Detroit Free Pressfor his series of photographs. depictingstudent life at Southwestern High School inDetroit.Feature Photography – (1989)
David C. Turnley of Detroit Free Press forphotographs of the political uprisings inChina and Eastern Europe.Feature Photography – (1990)
William Snyder of The Dallas Morning News for hisphotographs of ill and orphaned children living in subhumanconditions in Romania.Feature Photography – (1991)
"Kevin Carter, a free-lance photographer for a picture first publishedin The New York Times of a starving Sudanese girl who collapsedon her way to a feeding center while a vulture waited nearby.Kevin Carter’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo taken in 1994 during theSudan famine. the picture depicts a famine stricken child beingstalked by a vulture. The child is moving towards a United Nationsfood camp, located a kilometer away.Three months later, and only weeks after being bestowed with thePulitzer prize, Kevin Carter committed suicide.Feature Photography – (1994)
A Rwandan child too weak to stand rests his head whilewaiting for a vaccination. Awarded to the Associated PressStaff for its portfolio of photographs chronicling the horror anddevastation in Rwanda.Feature Photography (1995)
Awarded to Stephanie Welsh, a freelancer for her shockingsequence of photos, published by Newhouse News Service, of afemale circumcision rite in Kenya.Feature Photography (1996)
Awarded to Alexander Zemlianichenko of Associated Press for hisphotograph of Russian President Boris Yeltsin dancing at a rockconcert during his campaign for re-election.Feature Photography – (1997)
Awarded to Clarence Williams of Los Angeles Times for his powerfulimages documenting the plight of young children with parentsaddicted to alcohol and drugs.Feature Photography – (1998)
Awarded to the Associated Press PhotoStaff for its striking collection ofphotographs of the key players and eventsstemming from President Clinton’s affairwith Monica Lewinsky and the ensuingimpeachment hearings.Feature Photography – (1999)
Awarded to Carol Guzy, Michael Williamson and LucianPerkins of The Washington Post for their intimate andpoignant images depicting the plight of the Kosovo refugees.In this picture, sister Bernadette distributes food from inKukes, Albania. She decided to drive to a refugee campthere because no refugees were coming that day throughthe Morina border crossing.Feature Photography – (2000)
Awarded to Matt Rainey of The Star-Ledger, Newark, N.J., for hisemotional photographs that illustrate the care and recovery of twostudents critically burned in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University.While Alvaro struggles, Shawn is making a rapid recovery. He gentlykisses his girlfriend Tila’s hand as the two visit Alvaro at a familybarbeque during the summer. Their relationship survived despite theinjuries Shawn suffered in the fire.Feature Photography – (2001)
Awarded to The New York Times Staff for its photographschronicling the pain and the perseverance of peopleenduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Ayoung man struggles to keep his eyes open after inhalingopium as a heroin syringe hangs from his friend’s armunderneath a bridge in downtown Quetta, Pakistan, wheredozens congregate to inhale or inject a variety of drugs,including opium, marijuana, and heroin. Neither man wascoherent enough to identify.Feature Photography (2002)
Awarded to Don Bartletti of Los Angeles Times for hismemorable portrayal of how undocumented Central Americanyouths, often facing deadly danger, travel north to the UnitedStates.Feature Photography 2003In the vast migration that is changing the US, a Honduran boyrides a freight through Mexico. Each year thousands ofundocumented Central Americans stow away for 1,500 miles onthe tops and sides of trains. Some are parents desperate toescape poverty. Many are children in search of a parent who leftthem behind long ago. Only the brave and the lucky reach theirgoal.
Liberia ConflictAwarded to Carolyn Cole of Los Angeles Times for her cohesive,behind-the-scenes look at the effects of civil war in Liberia, withspecial attention to innocent citizens caught in the conflict.Feature Photography 2004A government soldier defends a bridge in central Monrovia where astandoff between rebel and government forces held the city undersiege.
Awarded to Deanne Fitzmaurice of San Francisco Chronicle for hersensitive photo essay on an Oakland hospital’s effort to mend anIraqi boy nearly killed by an explosion.Feature Photography 2005The mission to save Saleh brought him and his father to Children’sHospital Oakland, leaving his pregnant mother and two youngersisters behind in Iraq. The explosion had ripped open Saleh’sabdomen, torn off his right hand and most fingers on his left, blownout his left eye and killed his older brother.
Awarded to Todd Heisler of Rocky Mountain News, Denver,Colorado, for his haunting, behind-the-scenes look at funeralsfor Colorado Marines who return from Iraq in caskets.Feature Photography 2006As his son’s funeral neared, Jeff Cathey’s tears rarely stopped.He often found comfort in the men who shared his son’suniform. “Someone asked me what I learned from my son,” hesaid. “He taught me you need more than one friend.”
Awarded to Renée C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee for her intimateportrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle withcancer. Racing barefooted after kicking off her flip-flops, Cyndie pushesher son Derek Madsen, 10, up and down hallways in the UC DavisMedical Center in Sacramento on June 21, 2005, successfully distractinghim during the dreaded wait before his bone marrow extraction.Feature Photography 2007Doctors want to determine whether he is eligible for a blood stem celltransplant, his best hope for beating neuroblastoma, a rare childhoodcancer, which was diagnosed in November 2004.
Awarded to Preston Gannaway of the Concord (N.H.)Monitor for her intimate chronicle of a family copingwwith a parent’s terminal illness. Carolynne St. Pierrepauses to compose herself while recording a video forher children.Feature Photography 2008Her sister Sara Matters and cousin Anna Stoessingercomfort her. Doctors had just told Carolynne shewould only survive for a number of weeks or months.
Awarded to Damon Winter of The New York Times for hismemorable array of pictures deftly capturing multiple facets ofBarack Obama’s presidential campaign. Senator Obamadrenched, during a rally at Widener University in Chester, Pa.(Damon Winter, The New York Times – 2008)Feature Photography 2009
Awarded to Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post for his intimate portraitof a teenager who joins the Army at the height of insurgent violence inIraq, poignantly searching for meaning and manhood. Ian Fisher cradleshis injured elbow during his processing into the Army in Ft. Benning, Ga.On June 20, 2007. Though he later had a change of heart after speakingwith a commander, he saw a possibility to escape his enlistment only twodays in.Feature Photography 2010From his first day in fatigues through his days driving a Humvee in Iraq,military life often didn’t mesh with his expectations. Sometimes thestructure of the Army and the demands of training for war clashed withthe freedom he shared with his outside friends. (Craig F. Walker, DenverPost – 2009)
Awarded to Barbara Davidson of the Los Angeles Times for herintimate story of innocent victims trapped in the city’s crossfire ofdeadly gang violence. Ten-year-old Erica Miranda was shot threetimes in the back, knee and hip while playing basketball outside herhome in Compton.Feature Photography 2011A young man had walked up to the crowded street corner and startedfiring a handgun in what police believe was a gang assault. A 17-year-old relative and a 45-year-old family friend, both men, were also shotthree times and survived.
Awarded to Craig F. Walker of The DenverPost, for his compassionate chronicle of anhonorably discharged veteran, home fromIraq and struggling with a severe case ofpost-traumatic stress, images that enableviewers to better grasp a national issue.Feature Photography 2012