Breaking News Photography

Finalists have been announced since 1980. Full texts, photographs and cartoons are available for Journalism winners from 1995–2015 only.


2015 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Photography Staff

For powerful images of the despair and anger in Ferguson, MO, stunning photojournalism that served the community while informing the country.

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2014 Tyler Hicks of The New York Times

For his compelling pictures that showed skill and bravery in documenting the unfolding terrorist attack at Westgate mall in Kenya.

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2013 Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen of Associated Press

For their compelling coverage of the civil war in Syria, producing memorable images under extreme hazard.

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2012 Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse

For his heartbreaking image of a girl crying in fear after a suicide bomber’s attack at a crowded shrine in Kabul.

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2011 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.

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2010 Mary Chind of The Des Moines Register

For her photograph of the heart-stopping moment when a rescuer dangling in a makeshift harness tries to save a woman trapped in the foaming water beneath a dam.

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2009 Patrick Farrell of The Miami Herald

For his provocative, impeccably composed images of despair after Hurricane Ike and other lethal storms caused a humanitarian disaster in Haiti.

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2008 Adrees Latif of Reuters

For his dramatic photograph of a Japanese videographer, sprawled on the pavement, fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar.

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2007 Oded Balilty of Associated Press

For his powerful photograph of a lone Jewish woman defying Israeli security forces as they remove illegal settlers in the West Bank.

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2006 Staff of The Dallas Morning News

For its vivid photographs depicting the chaos and pain after Hurricane Katrina engulfed New Orleans.

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2005 Staff of Associated Press

For its stunning series of photographs of bloody yearlong combat inside Iraqi cities.

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2004 David Leeson and Cheryl Diaz Meyer of The Dallas Morning News

For their eloquent photographs depicting both the violence and poignancy of the war with Iraq.

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2003 Photography Staff of Rocky Mountain News

For its powerful, imaginative coverage of Colorado's raging forest fires.

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2002 Staff of The New York Times

For its consistently outstanding photographic coverage of the terrorist attack on New York City and its aftermath.

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2001 Alan Diaz of Associated Press

For his photograph of armed U.S. federal agents seizing the Cuban boy Elián Gonzalez from his relatives' Miami home.

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2000 Photo Staff of Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO

For its powerful collection of emotional images taken after the student shootings at Columbine High School.

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For photographs that portrayed the conflict in Ukraine in an intimate way, showing how the battle for power crushed the lives of people.

For capturing key moments in the human struggle in Gaza and providing a fresh take on a long, bloody conflict.

2014 John Tlumacki and David L. Ryan of The Boston Globe

For their searing photographs that captured the shock, chaos and heroism after the bloody Boston Marathon bombings.

2014 Goran Tomasevic of Reuters

For his sequence of photographs that chronicle two hours of fierce combat on the rebel frontline in Syria’s civil war.

For its skillful coverage of the mass shooting at a theater in Aurora, Colo., capturing the scope of the tragedy in a poignant portfolio of pictures.

2013 Tyler Hicks of The New York Times

For his powerful pictures chronicling deadly destruction in Gaza following a retaliatory bombing by Israel.

2012 Carolyn Cole and Brian van der Brug of the Los Angeles Times

For their illumination of epic disasters in Japan, documenting the brutality of nature as well as the durability of the human spirit.

2012 John Moore, Peter Macdiarmid and the late Chris Hondros of Getty Images

For their brave coverage of revolutionary protests known as the Arab Spring, capturing the chaos and exuberance as ordinary people glimpsed new possibilities.

2011 Daniel Berehulak and Paula Bronstein of Getty Images

For their compelling portrayal of the human will to survive as historic floods engulfed regions of Pakistan.

2011 Carolyn Cole of Los Angeles Times

For her often haunting images of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, capturing the harsh reality of widespread devastation.

2010 Staff of Associated Press

For its unforgettable images that take viewers to the frontlines of America’s war in Afghanistan, recording a range of scenes and emotions, from mirth to pain and sorrow.

2010 Staff of New York Daily News

For its compelling and remarkably complete photo coverage of the miraculous landing of a US Airways jetliner in the Hudson River off Manhattan without loss of life.

2009 Carolyn Cole of Los Angeles Times

For her valorous on-the-spot coverage of political violence in Kenya, capturing the terror as rebellion and reprisals jolted the nation.

2009 Staff of Associated Press

For its haunting chronicle of death, destruction, heartbreak and renewal when an earthquake devastated Sichuan, China.

2008 Mahmud Hams of Agence France-Presse

For his picture of a missile, caught in mid-air, as it falls on a target in the Gaza Strip while young Palestinians scramble for safety.

2008 Staff of Los Angeles Times

For its powerful and often unpredictable photos that captured wildfires devastating California.

2007 Staff of Associated Press

For its breathtaking images of brutal warfare between Israel and Hezbollah.

2007 Michael Bryant of The Philadelphia Inquirer

For his poignant photographs of the devastating injury to Barbaro, the famed racehorse.

2006 Carolyn Cole and Brian Vander Brug of Los Angeles Times

For their spellbinding coverage of Israel's emotion-packed withdrawal from Gaza.

2006 Eric Gay of Associated Press

For his multifaceted coverage of the human suffering in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina flooded the city.

2005 Arko Datta of Reuters

For his picture that captured a woman's anguish in the aftermath of the Indian Ocean tsunami.

2005 Staff of Palm Beach Post

For its imaginative and panoramic coverage of hurricanes that struck Florida.

2004 Staff of Associated Press

For its evocative, panoramic portrayal of the war in Iraq.

2004 Chris Hondros of Getty Images

For his powerful and courageous coverage of the bloody upheaval in Liberia (moved by the jury from the Feature Photography category).

2003 Carolyn Cole of Los Angeles Times

For her extraordinarily intimate depiction of the siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.

2003 Photography Staff of The Washington Times

For its vivid capturing of the events and emotions stirred by the sniper killings in the Washington, D.C., region.

2002 Thomas E. Franklin of The Record, Hackensack, NJ

For his memorable photograph of three firefighters raising an American flag amidst the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers.

2002 Tyler Hicks and James Hill of The New York Times

For their comprehensive portfolio of dramatic yet humane images from the war in Afghanistan.

2001 Chris Gerald (a pseudonym) of Agence France-Presse

For his photograph of a Palestinian youth triumphantly raising his bloodstained hands after two Israeli soldiers were killed.

2001 Rachel Ritchie of Providence Journal

For her photograph of an armed man who shot four people at a local street fair.

2000 Lacy Atkins of San Francisco Examiner

For her exuberant portrait of U.S. athlete Brandi Chastain after she scored the winning goal of the Women's World Cup Soccer Final.

2000 Photo Staff of The Seattle Times

For its photos of the rioting that disrupted the annual conference of the World Trade Organization.