Pulitzers Go To Photographers From Reuters, Concord Monitor
April 07, 2008 By Daryl Lang
Pulitzer Prizes were awarded to photographers Adrees Latif of Reuters and Preston Gannaway of the Concord (N.H.) Monitor Monday. Washington Post photographer Michel du Cille was recognized as part of a team of journalists who won the Public Service prize.
Latif won the Breaking News Photography prize for a photo showing Japanese videographer Kenji Nagai‘s last moments alive – still trying to film – after being fatally wounded during a street protest in Myanmar. Latif’s photographs, which Reuters transmitted as the violent protests were underway, were initially published credited only to an unnamed Reuters stringer.
Gannaway won the Feature Photography prize for “Remember Me,” a photo essay about the family of a woman with a terminal illness, viewable as a multimedia presentation here. This is the Monitor‘s first Pulitzer Prize. Gannaway left The Concord Monitor this year to work for the Rocky Mountain News. Concord Monitor photo editor Dan Habib, who oversaw this project, also left the newspaper this year to be filmmaker in residence at the University of New Hampshire.
The Washington Post won an extraordinary six Pulitzer Prizes this year. Among them was the coveted Public Service prize for reporting on the poor treatment of wounded veterans at Walter Reed Hospital. Photographer du Cille was among the three journalists who worked on this story; reporters Dana Priest and Anne Hull also shared the award.
The Post staff also shared the breaking news reporting prize for coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings.
Finalists in the Breaking News Photography category were Mahmud Hams of Agence France-Presse for a photo of an incoming missile in the Gaza Strip and the Los Angeles Times staff for coverage of California wildfires.
Finalists in the Feature Photography category were David Guttenfelder of the Associated Press for a portfolio of Vietnamese children suffering from exposure to the toxic chemical Agent Orange, and Mona Reeder of The Dallas Morning News for photos of disadvantaged Texans. (Related PDN story.)
The Pulitzer Prizes, awarded annually by Columbia University and the Pulitzer Prize board, recognize journalism published in U.S. newspapers.