Danish Siddiqui posthumously honoured with Pulitzer Prize...

Danish Siddiqui posthumously honoured with Pulitzer Prize

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 03:53 PM, 10 May 2022  

Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui

Photojournalist Danish Siddiqui

Slain Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui honoured with the prestigious Pulitzer Prize 2022 posthumously in the feature photography category. 

Danish Siddiqui and his three colleagues - Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo and Amit Dave - from the Reuters news agency won the award, announced on Monday, for “images of Covid’s toll in India that balanced intimacy and devastation, while offering viewers a heightened sense of place”, according to The Pulitzer Prizes website.

Their work was moved from the breaking news photography category by the judges. 

Danish Siddiqui, 38, was on assignment in Afghanistan last year when he died. The award-winning journalist was killed in July last while covering clashes between Afghan troops and the Taliban in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar city. 

This is for the second time that Danish Siddiqui has won the Pulitzer Prize. He was honoured with the prestigious award in 2018 as part of the Reuters team for their coverage of the Rohingya crisis. He had extensively covered the Afghanistan conflict, the Hong Kong protests and other major events in Asia, Middle East, and Europe. 

Danish Siddiqui graduated with a degree in Economics from Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi. He had a degree in Mass Communication from the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia in 2007. 

He started his career as a television news correspondent, switched to photojournalism, and joined Reuters as an intern in 2010. 

Marcus Yam of the Los Angeles Times bagged the award in the Breaking News photography category “for raw and urgent images of the US departure from Afghanistan that capture the human cost of the historic change in the country”. 

Yam’s work was moved from Feature Photography by the jury.

Win McNamee, Drew Angerer, Spencer Platt, Samuel Corum and Jon Cherry of Getty Images also won the award in the Breaking News photography category for their “comprehensive and consistently riveting photos of the attack on the US Capitol”. 

The Washington Post bagged the Pulitzer Prize in public service journalism for its coverage of the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol. 

According to the award committee, the newspaper “compellingly told and vividly presented account of the assault on Washington on January 6, 2021, providing the public with a thorough and unflinching understanding of one of the nation’s darkest days”.

The Pulitzer Board awarded a special citation to the journalists of Ukraine for their “courage, endurance, and commitment to truthful reporting during (President) Vladimir Putin’s ruthless invasion of their country and his propaganda war in Russia”.

“Despite bombardment, abductions, occupation, and even deaths in their ranks, they have persisted in their effort to provide an accurate picture of a terrible reality, doing honour to Ukraine and to journalists around the world,” the committee said. - PTI

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