The 95th annual Pulitzer Prizes were announced on Monday, April 18, 2011 by Columbia University in twenty-one categories. Here are excerpts from the report in the Examiner. For the full article, and more photos, follow the link below.
The prize for breaking news photography went to three photo journalists, Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of The Washington Post for their up-close portrait of grief and desperation after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti.
Their color images are shocking, dreamlike, desolate, and uplifting, showing the transcendental qualities that define what it means to be human. These photos can also be viewed in the accompanying slide show.
Each of the three Washington Post photographers come from different backgrounds and cultures. Ms. Guzy was born and raised in Bethlehem, PA. She graduated in 1980 from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, FL. She began working for The Miami Herald, and has been a staff photographer with the Post since 1988, having won the Pulitzer Prize three previous times, along with many other honors.
Ms. Kahn was born in Georgetown, Guyana, and graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1996 with a degree in visual media and art history, and later received a masters of science degree in photography from Syracuse University in 2004. She joined The Washington Post in January 2005.
Mr. Carioti joined The Washington Post as a full-time photographer in 2005. His parents immigrated to the U.S. from Italy in 1964, and he was born in Washington, D.C. in 1968. He attended the University of Maryland, and worked as a carpenter’s apprentice, pizza delivery man, automotive parts rebuilder, and at several bars, before learning photography in his father’s basement darkroom. His first job was shooting school yearbook photos for a company in Baltimore before beginning freelance work for the Associated Press in 1995.
Top: Months after the earthquake, a young boy washes in contaminated water at a tent camp near the severely damaged presidential palace looms in the background. Credit: Ricky Carioti, The Washington Post – August 22, 2010
Center: A Haitian man tries to rescue a live teacher trapped amid the rubble of the devastating earthquake in Port-au-Prince as he crawls past a schoolgirl that perished at her desk when Ecole St. Gerard collapsed. Credit: Carol Guzy, The Washington Post – January 15, 2010
Bottom: Sylvia Frederic tries in vain to rush her son Johnny Frederic, 26, to the hospital before he dies in her arms. Still reeling from the earthquake, Haiti’s misery was deepened by a cholera epidemic that claimed many lives. Credit: Nikki Kahn, The Washington Post – November 25, 2010