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AP, San Franciscan win Pulitzer Prizes

The Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography Monday, 4 April 2005, for staff coverage of the Iraq insurgency over the past year, while a San Francisco Chronicle photographer won the feature photography prize for her heart-wrenching essay on an Iraqi boy who survived a blast in the war-torn nation.

The images that earned AP one of the most prestigious photojournalism awards depicted the human toll of violence on both sides of the Iraq conflict. In one photograph, a group of U.S. Marines huddle over a fallen comrade to pray, moments after he was fatally wounded in a battle with insurgents. Another picture shows the body of 18-month-old Mohammed Saleem in a rough-hewn wooden coffin before being laid to rest in Sadr City.

Several of the pictures represent the life-threatening situations in which photojournalists find themselves while covering the violence Iraq, yet the AP staffers managed to not only survive but triumph, capturing such exclusive images as: Iraqis cheering the deaths of four U.S. contractors, burned alive and strung up from a bridge in Fallujah; insurgents firing mortars against a U.S.-led military offensive; and the streetside execution of an Iraqi election worker in Baghdad.

Members of the prize-winning team are: Bilal HusseinKarim KadimBrennan LinsleyJim MacMillanSamir MizbanKhalid MohammedJohn B. MooreMuhammed MuheisenAnja NiedringhausMurad Sezer and Mohammed Uraibi. The prize includes $10,000.

San Francisco Chronicle photo by Deanne Fitzmaurice; Reprinted with permissionDeanne Fitzmaurice of the San Francisco Chronicle won the $10,000 prize for feature photography.

Operation Lion Heart” depicted the plight of 9-year-old Saleh Khalaf, an Iraqi boy who was severely maimed by an explosion that ripped open his abdomen, tore off his right hand and killed his older brother.

For 15 months, Fitzmaurice and Chronicle staff writer Meredith May followed Saleh — from the moment he arrived for rehabilitiation at Children’s Hospital in Oakland, Calif., through his eventual reunion with his family. In her series, Fitzmaurice captured the nuanced emotional and physical journey the boy endured.

Fitzmaurice, 47, a Chronicle staff photographer for 16 years, praised the boy’s indomitable spirit.

“Saleh could always laugh, even though he only spoke Arabic at first,” she said in a Chronicle story. “We bonded through the photography. I’d shoot pictures, then show him some on the back of the camera, and he’d get so excited.”

Elián image, N.J. story win Pulitzer photo prizes

Al Diaz of The Associated Press, who captured the startling image of armed federal agents seizing the Cuban boy Elián González from his Miami relatives’ home, won a Pulitzer Prize in the breaking news category 16 April 2001. Matt Rainey, a staff photographer for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., won in the feature photography category.

“To be honest I thought I wasn’t going to win. What a sweet surprise,” Diaz said in a Miami Herald story. “I just thought I was doing my job. This is just awesome, unbelievable.”

The 29 June 2000 incident, which came at the end of a six-month legal and political standoff, and Diaz’s images sparked a national controversy.

The Miami Herald, where Diaz now works as a staff photographer, also won for its coverage of Elián González saga.

In the feature category, Rainey won for his photo story on the care and recovery of two freshmen who were critically burned in a 19 January 2000 dorm fire at Seton Hall University in East Orange, N.J.

For more than eight months, Rainey and staff writer Robin Gaby Fisher tracked the progress of Shawn Simons and Alvaro Llanos through their emotional journeys.

The other finalists in the breaking news category were Chris Gerard (a pseudonym) of Agence France-Presse and Rachel Ritchie of The Providence Journal of Rhode Island.

Gerard was considered for his photograph of a Palestinian youth triumphantly raising his bloodstained hands after two Israeli soldiers were killed. Meanwhile, Ritchie captured an image of a man walking through the crowd of a street festival after shooting four people 6 August 2000.

In the feature category, David Guttenfelder of The Associated Press and Marc Piscotty of the Denver Rocky Mountain News were finalists.

Guttenfelder was honored for his photographs of North and South Koreans visiting relatives they had not seen in half a century, as well as other images generated by the Korean governments’ reunification efforts. Piscotty’s entry was a selection of photos from a four-part series, “ThunderRidge: Real Life at a Suburban High School.”

Exhibit showcases Pulitzer photos from 1945 to now

The largest collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning images in a single show are on display at an exhibit in New York.

Moments: The Pulitzer Prize PhotographsThrough 23 September 2000, the Newseum brings together more than 100 of the world’s most memorable photographs, beginning with the 1945 scene at Iwo Jima that became an icon.

Hear the photographers talk about the stories behind the images at the web-based exhibit. Requires Shockwave.

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