Feature Photography

Finalists have been announced since 1980. Full texts, photographs and cartoons are available for Journalism winners from 1995–2014 only.

Winners

2014 Josh Haner of The New York Times

For his moving essay on a Boston Marathon bomb blast victim who lost most of both legs and now is painfully rebuilding his life.

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2013 Javier Manzano, free-lance photographer

For his extraordinary picture, distributed by Agence France-Presse, of two Syrian rebel soldiers tensely guarding their position as beams of light stream through bullet holes in a nearby metal wall.

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2012 Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post

For his compassionate chronicle of an honorably discharged veteran, home from Iraq and struggling with a severe case of post-traumatic stress, images that enable viewers to better grasp a national issue.

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2011 Barbara Davidson of Los Angeles Times

For her intimate story of innocent victims trapped in the city’s crossfire of deadly gang violence.

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2010 Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post

For his intimate portrait of a teenager who joins the Army at the height of insurgent violence in Iraq, poignantly searching for meaning and manhood.

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2009 Damon Winter of The New York Times

For his memorable array of pictures deftly capturing multiple facets of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

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2008 Preston Gannaway of Concord (NH) Monitor

For her intimate chronicle of a family coping with a parent's terminal illness.

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2007 Renée C. Byer of The Sacramento Bee

For her intimate portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer.

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2006 Todd Heisler of Rocky Mountain News, Denver

For his haunting, behind-the-scenes look at funerals for Colorado Marines who return from Iraq in caskets.

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2005 Deanne Fitzmaurice of San Francisco Chronicle

For her sensitive photo essay on an Oakland hospital's effort to mend an Iraqi boy nearly killed by an explosion.

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2004 Carolyn Cole of Los Angeles Times

For her cohesive, behind-the-scenes look at the effects of civil war in Liberia, with special attention to innocent citizens caught in the conflict.

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2003 Don Bartletti of Los Angeles Times

For his memorable portrayal of how undocumented Central American youths, often facing deadly danger, travel north to the United States.

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2002 Staff of The New York Times

For its photographs chronicling the pain and the perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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2001 Matt Rainey of The Star-Ledger, Newark, NJ

For his emotional photographs that illustrate the care and recovery of two students critically burned in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University.

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2000 Carol Guzy, Michael Williamson and Lucian Perkins of The Washington Post

For their intimate and poignant images depicting the plight of the Kosovo refugees.

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1999 Photo Staff of Associated Press

For its striking collection of photographs of the key players and events stemming from President Clinton's affair with Monica Lewinsky and the ensuing impeachment hearings.

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1998 Clarence Williams of Los Angeles Times

For his powerful images documenting the plight of young children with parents addicted to alcohol and drugs.

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1997 Alexander Zemlianichenko of Associated Press

For his photograph of Russian President Boris Yeltsin dancing at a rock concert during his campaign for re-election. (Moved by the Board from the Spot News Photography category.)

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1996 Stephanie Welsh, a freelancer

For her shocking sequence of photos, published by Newhouse News Service, of a female circumcision rite in Kenya.

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1995 Staff of Associated Press

For its portfolio of photographs chronicling the horror and devastation in Rwanda.

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1994 Kevin Carter, a free-lance photographer

For a picture first published in The New York Times of a starving Sudanese girl who collapsed on her way to a feeding center while a vulture waited nearby.

1993 Staff of Associated Press

For its portfolio of images drawn from the 1992 presidential campaign.

1992 John Kaplan of Block Newspapers, Toledo, OH

For his photographs depicting the diverse lifestyles of seven 21-year-olds across the United States.

1991 William Snyder of The Dallas Morning News

For his photographs of ill and orphaned children living in subhuman conditions in Romania.

1990 David C. Turnley of Detroit Free Press

For photographs of the political uprisings in China and Eastern Europe.

1989 Manny Crisostomo of Detroit Free Press

For his series of photographs. depicting student life at Southwestern High School in Detroit.

1988 Michel du Cille of The Miami Herald

For photographs portraying the decay and subsequent rehabilitation of a housing project overrun by the drug crack.

1987 David Peterson of Des Moines Register

For his photographs depicting the shattered dreams of American farmers.

1986 Tom Gralish of The Philadelphia Inquirer

For his series of photographs of Philadelphia's homeless.

1985 Larry C. Price of The Philadelphia Inquirer

For his series of photographs from Angola and El Salvador depicting their war-torn inhabitants.

1985 Stan Grossfeld of The Boston Globe

For his series of photographs of the famine in Ethiopia and for his pictures of illegal aliens on the Mexican border.

1984 Anthony Suau of The Denver Post

For a series of photographs which depict the tragic effects of starvation in Ethiopia and for a single photograph of a woman at her husband's gravesite on Memorial Day.

1983 James B. Dickman of Dallas Times Herald

For his telling photographs of life and death in El Salvador.

1982 John H. White of Chicago Sun-Times

For consistently excellent work on a variety of subjects.

1981 Taro M. Yamasaki of Detroit Free Press

For his photographs of Jackson (Mich.) State Prison.

1980 Erwin H. Hagler of Dallas Times Herald

For a series on the Western cowboy.

1979 Staff Photographers of Boston Herald American

For photographic coverage of the blizzard of 1978.

1978 J. Ross Baughman of Associated Press

For three photographs from guerrilla areas in Rhodesia.

1977 Robin Hood of Chattanooga News-Free Press

For his photograph of a disabled veteran and his child at an Armed Forces Day parade.

1976 Photographic Staff of Louisville Courier-Journal and Times

For a comprehensive pictorial report on busing in Louisville's schools.

1975 Matthew Lewis of The Washington Post

For his photographs in color and black and white.

1974 Slava Veder of Associated Press

For his picture of the return of an American prisoner of war from captivity in North Vietnam.

1973 Brian Lanker of Topeka Capital-Journal

For his sequence on child birth, as exemplified by his photograph, "Moment of Life."

1972 Dave Kennerly of United Press International

For his dramatic photographs of the Vietnam War in 1971.

1971 Jack Dykinga of Chicago Sun-Times

For his dramatic and sensitive photographs at the Lincoln and Dixon State Schools for the Retarded in Illinois.

1970 Dallas Kinney of Palm Beach Post, West Palm Beach, FL

For his portfolio of pictures of Florida migrant workers, "Migration to Misery."

1969 Moneta Sleet Jr. of Ebony Magazine

For his photograph of Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow and child, taken at Dr. King's funeral.

1968 Toshio Sakai of United Press International

For his Vietnam War combat photograph, "Dreams of Better Times."

Finalists

2014 Lacy Atkins of the San Francisco Chronicle

For her revealing portrait of an Oakland school’s efforts to help African-American boys avoid neighborhood risks and profit from education.

2014 Michael Williamson of The Washington Post

For his portfolio of pictures exploring the multi-faceted impact of the nation’s food stamp program on 47 million recipients.

2013 Liz O. Baylen of the Los Angeles Times

For her intimate essay, shot in shadowy black and white, documenting the shattered lives of people entangled in prescription drug abuse.

2013 Renee C. Byer of The Sacramento (Calif.) Bee

For her heartwarming photographs of a grandfather raising three grandchildren after the violent death of his daughter and the loss of his wife to cancer.

2012 David Guttenfelder, Ng Han Guan and Rafael Wober of the Associated Press

For their extraordinary portrayal of daily life inside the reclusive nation of North Korea, including scenes after the death of Kim Jong Il.

2012 Francine Orr of the Los Angeles Times

For her poignant portrait of the suffering by desperate families and misunderstood children who live with autism.

2011 Todd Heisler of The New York Times

For his sensitive portrayal of a large Colombian clan carrying a genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer’s disease in early middle age.

2011 Greg Kahn of The Naples (Fla.) Daily News

For his pictures that show the mixed impact of the recession in Florida – loss of jobs and homes for some but profit for others.

2010 Mary F. Calvert, freelance photojournalist

For her courageous work published in The Washington Times that vividly documents how rapes, by the tens of thousands, have become a weapon of war in Congo.

2010 Robert Cohen of St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For his sensitive portrayal of homeless suburban families camping in motels during the recession, often recording memorable emotional moments.

2009 Carol Guzy of The Washington Post

For her powerfully intimate coverage of the perils and sorrow of childbirth in Sierra Leone, where women face the world’s highest rate of maternal mortality.

2009 Sonya Hebert of The Dallas Morning News

For her empathetic portrait of palliative care in a Texas medical center as terminally ill patients cope with the end of their lives.

2008 David Guttenfelder of Associated Press

For his harrowing portfolio of Vietnamese children afflicted by the toxic legacy of Agent Orange, three decades after the Vietnam War ended.

2008 Mona Reeder of Dallas Morning News

For her memorable pictures of disadvantaged Texans hidden amid the state's economic abundance.

2007 Mary F. Calvert of The Washington Times

For her haunting depiction of sub-Sahara African women afflicted with fistula after childbirth.

2007 Gary Coronado of Palm Beach Post

For his vivid images of Central Americans who, desperate to enter America illegally, risk their lives leaping on Mexican freight trains rumbling northward.

2006 Mike Stocker of South Florida Sun-Sentinel

For his imaginative exploration of Holocaust survivors as Judaism faces a new century.

2006 Damon Winter of Los Angeles Times

For his sensitive portrayal of two remote Eskimo villages coping with memories of sexual abuse by a missionary 30 years ago.

2005 Jim Gehrz of The Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

For his poignant portrait of a woman soldier's struggle to recover from grave shrapnel wounds to her head.

2005 Luis Sinco of Los Angeles Times

For his iconic photograph of an exhausted U.S. Marine's face after a daylong battle in Iraq.

2004 Pauline Lubens, Dai Sugano and Patrick Tehan of The Mercury News, San Jose, CA

For their imaginative and sophisticated coverage of California's extraordinary recall election.

2004 Damir Sagolj of Reuters

For his unforgettable picture of a burly American medic in Iraq cuddling a child whose mother had just been killed in a crossfire (moved by the jury from the Breaking News Photography category).

2003 Matt Black, freelance photographer of Los Angeles Times

For his striking images that documented the little known legacy of black sharecroppers who migrated to California's San Joaquin Valley during the Depression.

2003 Brad Clift of Hartford Courant

For "Heroin Town," his dramatic pictures that spotlighted heroin addiction in a Connecticut city and helped produce positive change.

2002 J. Albert Diaz of The Miami Herald

For his diverse images portraying American life in the sprawl of south Florida's Broward County.

2002 Mike Stocker, A. Enrique Valentin and Hilda M. Perez of Sun-Sentinel

For their compelling and explanatory images illustrating the devastating impact of AIDS in the Caribbean.

2001 David Guttenfelder of Associated Press

For his moving photographs of North and South Koreans visiting relatives they had not seen in half a century, and other images generated by the Korean governments' reunification efforts.

2001 Marc Piscotty of Rocky Mountain News, Denver, CO

For his illuminating images of suburban high school students facing adulthood.

2000 Nuri Vallbona and Candace Barbot of The Miami Herald

For their photographs of Liberty City, a neighborhood crippled by drugs and violence, which detail the community's effort to reclaim the area.

2000 Photo Staff of Worcester (MA) Telegram & Gazette

For its moving photographs of the grief and devastation that followed a local fire that killed six firefighters.

1999 Daniel A. Anderson of Orange County Register

For his skillful and moving portraits of local children growing up in decaying residential motels.

1999 Bill Greene of The Boston Globe

For his inspirational images that trace the work of Donald Anderson, a descendent of slaves, who helps the residents of poor Southern communities assume civic responsibility and improve their lives.

1998 Allan Detrich of Block News Alliance

For his revealing photographic account of a secret interstate network of individuals who aid parents and children fleeing the threat of sexual abuse. (Moved by the jury from the Spot News Photography category.)

1998 Joseph V. Stefanchik of The Dallas Morning News

For his gripping photographs depicting the effects of war and land mines in Angola.

1997 Jeffrey L. Brown of Copley Chicago Newspapers

For his series of photographs chronicling an illegal immigrant's clandestine journey from Mexico to the United States.

1997 Jon Kral of The Miami Herald

For his photographs documenting the horrifying conditions in Venezuelan prisons.

1997 Michele McDonald of The Boston Globe

For her photographs of a woman with terminal breast cancer preparing for her death

1996 Stan Grossfeld of The Boston Globe

For his photographs documenting how the lives of two teenagers were transformed by the birth of their child.

1996 David C. Turnley of Detroit Free Press

For his series of portraits from Bosnia.

1995 Carl Bower, a free-lance photographer of Newhouse News Service

For his series of photographs, published by Newhouse News Service, of a woman's fight against breast cancer.

1995 Staff of Long Beach (CA) Press-Telegram

For its collection of life-affirming images, drawn from the daily activities of local residents.

1994 Stan Grossfeld of The Boston Globe

For "The Exhausted Earth," a year-long series depicting the social, medical and environmental crises caused by the depletion of natural resources.

1994 April Saul of The Philadelphia Inquirer

For "American Dreamers," her series of photographs of a working-class family coping with hardships while striving for a better life.

1994 Staff of Associated Press

For its collection of images about the Middle East, including those that illustrate the turbulent lives of Arabs and Jews in Israel.

1993 Yunghi Kim of The Boston Globe

For her photographs of the famine, war and American relief efforts in Somalia.

1993 Staff of Associated Press

For its photographs from Somalia of the struggle for survival of a nation and its people.

1992 Paul Kuroda of Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA

For his photographs of the dangerous journey of illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexican border.

1992 Bill Snead of The Washington Post

For his photographs depicting the harshness and misery of the Kurdish refugee camps.

1991 Ron Cortes of The Philadelphia Inquirer

For his photographic essay about a senior citizen who returned to her former high school to complete her education.

1991 Jay Mather of The Sacramento Bee

For his series of photographs depicting Yosemite National Park and its visitors during the park's centennial year.

1990 Stormi Greener of Star Tribune, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

For a series of photographs of a mother and her struggle to resist committing child abuse.

1990 John Tlumacki of The Boston Globe

For photographs of East and West Germans celebrating the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

1990 Robert Hallinen, Erik Hill and Paul Souders of Anchorage Daily News

For their photographs of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath.

1989 Donna Bagby of Dallas Times Herald

For her photograph of grieving Dallas police officers at the funeral of a slain patrolman.

1989 Frederic Larson of San Francisco Chronicle

For his photographs of atomic bomb survivors in Japan.

1988 George Widman of Associated Press

For his photograph of a homeless man in Philadelphia.

1988 Barbara J. Ries of USA Today

For a photograph taken on Veterans Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

1987 Cheryl Nuss of San Jose (CA) Mercury News

For her photographs of AIDS victims.

1987 April Saul-Zerby of The Philadelphia Inquirer

For her sensitive photographs of a Cambodian refugee child whose mother died of cancer.

1986 David J. Leeson of The Dallas Morning News

For his photographs of civil strife in South Africa.

1986 Michael S. Wirtz of Dallas Times Herald

For his photographs depicting the decline and despair of the American farmer.

1985 Stormi Greener of Minneapolis Star and Tribune

For her pictures of a dying girl which celebrated the girl's life.

1985 Sebastiao Salgado Jr. of Magnum Photos, Paris (published in The New York Times)

For his dramatic photos of the famine in Ethiopia.

1984 Stan Grossfeld of The Boston Globe

For his series of unusual photographs which reveal the effects of war on the people of Lebanon. (Moved by the Board to the Spot News Photography category.)

1984 David Woo of The Dallas Morning News

For his series of photographs depicting the child victims of war-torn Central America.

1983 Barron Ludlum of Dallas Times Herald

For his picture story of a sick child's struggle for life.

1983 John H. White of Chicago Sun-Times

For a variety of photographs depicting life in Chicago.

1982 Ellis C. Reed of San Francisco Examiner

For photos of life in a public housing project.

1982 Walter C. Stricklin of The Florida Times-Union

For coverage of a family confronting the death of one of its members.

1981 Paul Beaver of Jackson (MS) Clarion-Ledger

For his photographs of the Mississippi Delta Region.

1981 Michael C. Hayman of Flint (MI) Journal

For his photographs of automobile workers.

1980 David A. Kryszak of The Detroit News

For a series on children of Cambodia.

1980 John J. Sunderland of The Denver Post

For a series on living and dying in a hospice.