Tales of human struggle and survival: 2016 Pulitzer winners call attention to conflict around the globe


posted Monday, April 18, 2016 at 4:41 PM EDT

Breaking news: The winners for the 2016 Pulitzer Prizes have just been announced, including three awards for photography!

Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks, and Daniel Etter of The New York Times have been awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for their work in Breaking News Photography. Their winning coverage of the European refugee crisis focused on "the resolve of refugees, the perils of their journeys, and the struggle of host countries to take them in."

A second winner for Breaking News Photography, the photography staff of Thomson Reuters, also focused on migrant refugees. Both groups of winners received $10,000 USD for their work.

The Pulitzer Prizes also recognized as finalists the group of Andrew Burton, Chip Somodevilla, Patrick Smith, and Drew Angerer of Getty Images for their photographic coverage of Baltimore during the protests surrounding the shooting of Freddie Gray.

For Feature Photography, Jessica Rinaldi of The Boston Globe was awarded the prize for her story of a young boy from rural Maine as he struggles to overcome his abuse-ridden childhood. Rinaldi is no stranger to success, as she was named 2014's Boston Press Photographer of the Year and took home first place in a 2013 Pictures of the Year international competition.

The photography staff of The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina was named a finalist for the Feature Photography prize for their coverage of 2015's racially-motivated shooting at a downtown Charleston church.

For the full list of winners across all of the categories, see here