The 2016 Pulitzer Prize puts the refugee crisis centre-stage

In its hundredth year, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize spotlights the tragedy lived by migrants and the problems linked to labour exploitation.

The tragedies lived by tens of thousands of families fleeing war in search for a new life led the New York Times to be awarded the US most prestigious journalistic prize, the Pulitzer Prize, for Breaking News Photography. Reuters has also been awarded for its moving photos of migrants approaching Greek coasts.



The New York Times photographers are Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks, and Daniel Etter. In particular, Ponomarev and Lima accompanied a Syrian family, the Majid’s, in its journey over 40 days, travelling by train, bus, boat and, most of all, on foot.



“The flood of humanity looked like a Biblical exodus. The effects of this migration will be felt for decades,” said Ponomarov, who was one of last year’s finalists.



Jessica Rinaldi of the Boston Globe won the Feature Photography category for “The Life and Time of Strider Wolf” reportage, the story of a little boy born in Maine who nearly died at the hands of his mother’s abusive boyfriend and found shelter at his grandparents’ house. His grandparents were poor and lost their house, moving to a shantytown that was later cleared by police.


Alissa J. Rubin of The New York Times was awarded the prize for best International Reporting thanks to a story on Afghan women. The Washington Post was awarded for its database on fatal shootings by police officers nationwide. The Los Angeles Times staff won in the Breaking News category for its coverage of the shootings in San Bernardino, California, on 2 December 2015. The migrants crisis has been honoured also in the Fiction category, won by Viet Thanh Nguyen for his novel “The Sympathizer”. The book edited by Grove Press tells the story of a migrant from Vietnam to the United States.


The prize, established in 1917 to honour the memory of Joseph Pulitzer, represents the highest recognition in journalism in the United States.

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