The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Breaking News Photography

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For a distinguished example of breaking news photography in black and white or color, which may consist of a photograph or photographs, Ten thousand dollars ($10,000).

Awarded to 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.

Massoud Hossaini

Gregory Moore (left), co-chair of The Pulitzer Prize Board, presents the 2012 Breaking News Photography Prize to Massoud Hossaini of Agence France-Presse.


Also nominated as finalists in this category were: 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; and 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.