The 2008 Pulitzer Prizes have been announced. The winners in the photography categories are, in "Breaking News Photography," Adrees Latif of Reuters, "for his dramatic photograph of a Japanese videographer [Kenji Nagai —MJ], sprawled on the pavement, fatally wounded during a street demonstration in Myanmar," and, in "Feature Photography," Preston Gannaway of the Concord (N.H.) Monitor "for her intimate chronicle of a family coping with a parent's terminal illness."
Both awards carry a $10,000 honorarium as well as considerable prestige.
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Featured Comment by Brommers: "Personally I thought that the 'Remember Me' series was a beautiful set of photographs, and is very worthy of recognition.
"It is true that a lot of photojournalism awards go to those who photograph hardship and suffering, but it is dealing with such subjects that in many cases can be much, much harder than with celebratory projects. The unfortunate truth is that whilst there is plenty of good going on in the world, there is an equal amount of bad too; ignoring this fact would not make it go away (though I agree that the media does often like to sensationalise stories, but I do not think this is the case with 'Remember Me').
"Instead of celebrating our own successes and well being, is not better to try and help others who are suffering? And if that can be done through photography, then I'm all for it. If those photographs help EJ (their youngest son) remember his mother better in the future, so that he may know how hard she struggled to stay alive for him, his siblings and father, and how much she loved them, then is the project not a success? I would say so."