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.
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.
For her intimate story of innocent victims trapped in the city’s crossfire of deadly gang violence.
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.
For his memorable array of pictures deftly capturing multiple facets of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
For her intimate chronicle of a family coping with a parent's terminal illness.
For her intimate portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer.
For his haunting, behind-the-scenes look at funerals for Colorado Marines who return from Iraq in caskets.
For her sensitive photo essay on an Oakland hospital's effort to mend an Iraqi boy nearly killed by an explosion.
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.
For his memorable portrayal of how undocumented Central American youths, often facing deadly danger, travel north to the United States.
For its photographs chronicling the pain and the perseverance of people enduring protracted conflict in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
For his emotional photographs that illustrate the care and recovery of two students critically burned in a dormitory fire at Seton Hall University.
For their intimate and poignant images depicting the plight of the Kosovo refugees.
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.
For his powerful images documenting the plight of young children with parents addicted to alcohol and drugs.
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.)
For her shocking sequence of photos, published by Newhouse News Service, of a female circumcision rite in Kenya.
For its portfolio of photographs chronicling the horror and devastation in Rwanda.
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.
For his photographs depicting the diverse lifestyles of seven 21-year-olds across the United States.
For his photographs of ill and orphaned children living in subhuman conditions in Romania.
For photographs of the political uprisings in China and Eastern Europe.
For his series of photographs. depicting student life at Southwestern High School in Detroit.
For photographs portraying the decay and subsequent rehabilitation of a housing project overrun by the drug crack.
For his photographs depicting the shattered dreams of American farmers.
For his series of photographs of Philadelphia's homeless.
For his series of photographs from Angola and El Salvador depicting their war-torn inhabitants.
For his series of photographs of the famine in Ethiopia and for his pictures of illegal aliens on the Mexican border.
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.
For his telling photographs of life and death in El Salvador.
For his photograph of a disabled veteran and his child at an Armed Forces Day parade.
For a comprehensive pictorial report on busing in Louisville's schools.
For his picture of the return of an American prisoner of war from captivity in North Vietnam.
For his sequence on child birth, as exemplified by his photograph, "Moment of Life."
For his dramatic photographs of the Vietnam War in 1971.
For his dramatic and sensitive photographs at the Lincoln and Dixon State Schools for the Retarded in Illinois.
For his portfolio of pictures of Florida migrant workers, "Migration to Misery."
For his photograph of Martin Luther King Jr.'s widow and child, taken at Dr. King's funeral.
For her intimate essay, shot in shadowy black and white, documenting the shattered lives of people entangled in prescription drug abuse.
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.
For their extraordinary portrayal of daily life inside the reclusive nation of North Korea, including scenes after the death of Kim Jong Il.
For her poignant portrait of the suffering by desperate families and misunderstood children who live with autism.
For his sensitive portrayal of a large Colombian clan carrying a genetic mutation that causes Alzheimer’s disease in early middle age.
For his pictures that show the mixed impact of the recession in Florida – loss of jobs and homes for some but profit for others.
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.
For his sensitive portrayal of homeless suburban families camping in motels during the recession, often recording memorable emotional moments.
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.
For her empathetic portrait of palliative care in a Texas medical center as terminally ill patients cope with the end of their lives.
For his harrowing portfolio of Vietnamese children afflicted by the toxic legacy of Agent Orange, three decades after the Vietnam War ended.
For her memorable pictures of disadvantaged Texans hidden amid the state's economic abundance.
For her haunting depiction of sub-Sahara African women afflicted with fistula after childbirth.
For his vivid images of Central Americans who, desperate to enter America illegally, risk their lives leaping on Mexican freight trains rumbling northward.
For his imaginative exploration of Holocaust survivors as Judaism faces a new century.
For his sensitive portrayal of two remote Eskimo villages coping with memories of sexual abuse by a missionary 30 years ago.
For his poignant portrait of a woman soldier's struggle to recover from grave shrapnel wounds to her head.
For his iconic photograph of an exhausted U.S. Marine's face after a daylong battle in Iraq.
For their imaginative and sophisticated coverage of California's extraordinary recall election.
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).
For his striking images that documented the little known legacy of black sharecroppers who migrated to California's San Joaquin Valley during the Depression.
For "Heroin Town," his dramatic pictures that spotlighted heroin addiction in a Connecticut city and helped produce positive change.
For his diverse images portraying American life in the sprawl of south Florida's Broward County.
For their compelling and explanatory images illustrating the devastating impact of AIDS in the Caribbean.
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.
For his illuminating images of suburban high school students facing adulthood.
For their photographs of Liberty City, a neighborhood crippled by drugs and violence, which detail the community's effort to reclaim the area.
For its moving photographs of the grief and devastation that followed a local fire that killed six firefighters.
For his skillful and moving portraits of local children growing up in decaying residential motels.
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.
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.)
For his gripping photographs depicting the effects of war and land mines in Angola.
For his series of photographs chronicling an illegal immigrant's clandestine journey from Mexico to the United States.
For his photographs documenting the horrifying conditions in Venezuelan prisons.
For her photographs of a woman with terminal breast cancer preparing for her death
For his photographs documenting how the lives of two teenagers were transformed by the birth of their child.
For his series of photographs, published by Newhouse News Service, of a woman's fight against breast cancer.
For its collection of life-affirming images, drawn from the daily activities of local residents.
For "The Exhausted Earth," a year-long series depicting the social, medical and environmental crises caused by the depletion of natural resources.
For "American Dreamers," her series of photographs of a working-class family coping with hardships while striving for a better life.
For its collection of images about the Middle East, including those that illustrate the turbulent lives of Arabs and Jews in Israel.
For her photographs of the famine, war and American relief efforts in Somalia.
For its photographs from Somalia of the struggle for survival of a nation and its people.
For his photographs of the dangerous journey of illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexican border.
For his photographs depicting the harshness and misery of the Kurdish refugee camps.
For his photographic essay about a senior citizen who returned to her former high school to complete her education.
For his series of photographs depicting Yosemite National Park and its visitors during the park's centennial year.
For a series of photographs of a mother and her struggle to resist committing child abuse.
For photographs of East and West Germans celebrating the collapse of the Berlin Wall.
For their photographs of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and its aftermath.
For her photograph of grieving Dallas police officers at the funeral of a slain patrolman.
For a photograph taken on Veterans Day at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
For her sensitive photographs of a Cambodian refugee child whose mother died of cancer.
For his photographs depicting the decline and despair of the American farmer.
For her pictures of a dying girl which celebrated the girl's life.
For his dramatic photos of the famine in Ethiopia.
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.)
For his series of photographs depicting the child victims of war-torn Central America.
For coverage of a family confronting the death of one of its members.