The two photographers awarded are Emilio Morenatti and Julio Cortez.
AP’s chief photographer in Spain, Emilio Morenatti, won the feature photography prize. The US agency Associated Press, partner of LaPresse, has won two awards for photography.
The award for feature photography was awarded to the head of the Spanish office Emilio Morenatti, who separated himself from his family for months to avoid the risk of exposure as he documented the toll of COVID-19 on the elderly. Morenatti photographed an elderly couple embracing each other through a plastic film screen. Even when it comes wrapped in plastic, a hug can convey tenderness and relief, love and devotion. The fear that gripped Agustina Cañamero during the 102 days she and her 84-year-old husband spent physically separated during Spain’s coronavirus outbreak dissolved the moment the couple embraced through a screen of plastic film.
The award for breaking news photography was awarded to Julio Cortez. He captured the drama and raw emotion of protests that roiled U.S. cities after the May 2020 death of George Floyd. The picture that won the Pulitzer is silhouetted protester running with an upside-down American flag past a burning liquor store.
“It is a tremendous honor to win not just one, but two Pulitzer Prizes for photography and a true testament to the talent and dedication of AP’s photojournalists,” said AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt. “These photographers – he added – told the stories of the year through extraordinary and unforgettable images that resonated all over the world”.
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