Ryan Kelly won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for his photo of a car running into a crowd of counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia and the photo staff of Reuters won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for their coverage of Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. The 2018 Pulitzer winners were announced today at Columbia University.
Kelly’s widely distributed image was made on his last day as a staff photographer for The Daily Progress in Charlottesville. The now iconic photo caught the horror of the attack during the racially charged protests. Ivor Prickett, a freelance photographer for The New York Times, was a finalist in Breaking News Photography for his story of the devastation in the cities of Mosul and Raqq in Iraq.
Lisa Krantz of the San Antonio News-Express was a finalist in Feature Photography for her story about a boy with a rare, incurable diesease. Kevin Frayer, a freelancer for Getty, and Meredith Kohut, a freelancer for The New York Times, were also finalists in the category.
Video was also a key component in other Pulitzer winners this year. The Cincinnati Enquirer staff won the Pulitzer Prize in Local Reporting for its project documenting the city’s heroin epidemic that included “Seven Days of Heroin,” a 30-minute video produced by the newspaper’s staff.
Staff awards in Breaking News Reporting also included contributions from photojournalists. The Press-Democrat in Santa Rosa, California won the Pulitzer for its coverage of the historic California wildfires, and the Houston Chronicle was a finalist for its coverage of Hurricane Harvey.