Awards & Competitions

Ryan Kelly, Reuters Win 2018 Pulitzer Prizes for Photography

April 16, 2018

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Ryan Kelly's Pulitzer-Prize winning photo shows "the moment of impact of a car attack during a racially charged protest."

Ryan Kelly, a former staff photographer with The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia, has won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, while the photo staff of Reuters won the prize for feature photography.

Kelly won for his photograph of an automobile careening down a narrow street into a crowd demonstrating against a gathering of far-right activists in Charlottesville last August. One demonstrator died as a result of the driver’s actions.

The photo, which went viral, “reflected the photographer’s reflexes and concentration in capturing the moment of impact of a car attack during a racially charged protest,” the Pulitzer board said in announcing the prize.

The Reuters photo staff won the feature photography prize “for shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar,” the Pulitzer board said. The board noted that it had moved the submission from the Breaking News category, where Reuters had entered it.

Freelance photographer Ivor Prickett was the runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. Finalists for the feature photography Pulitzer were Kevin Frayer of Getty Images, Lisa Krantz of the San Antonio Express-News, and freelancer Meridith Kohut.

The nominating jurors for this year’s Breaking News and Feature Photography prizes were: committee chair Sherman Williams,  Assistant Managing Editor, Visual Journalism, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Andrea Bruce, photographer, NOOR Images; Danese Kenon, Deputy Director of Photography for Video/Multimedia, Tampa Bay Times; Michelle McDonald, Photo Editor, Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram; Shazna Nessa, Deputy Managing Editor and Global Head of Visuals, The Wall Street Journal.

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