Reuters photographers win Pulitzer Prize – Three Greeks among them

Three Greek photographers are among the staff of Thomson Reuters, the international media news provider that won a Pulitzer Prize in the ” Breaking News Photography” category: Yannis Behrakis, chief photographer for Greece and Cyprus, Alkis Konstantinidis and Alexandros Avramidis.

A team of Reuters photographers was recognized for capturing and transmitting images of migrants crossing the Mediterranean and streaming through Turkey and Greece. Awarding the prize to Reuters in the “Breaking News Photograph” category, the Pulitzer Prize committee recognized the team “for gripping photographs, each with its own voice, that follow migrant refugees hundreds of miles across uncertain boundaries to unknown destinations.” Reuters received the top prize in the category alongside the New York Times.

“We are incredibly proud of the team for its outstanding work covering this historic and emotional journey,” said Stephen J. Adler, editor-in-chief, Reuters. “The migrant crisis has been cast as a test of unity for Europe. While it is certainly that, it is also the desperate flight from war and danger by more than a million individuals. The team depicted that flight with humanity and respect of the highest order.”

“Winning a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography is hugely rewarding. Reuters has a long-standing commitment to the power of stories told through photos,” said Jim Smith, president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters. “We are extremely proud of our brave and talented photojournalists who work on the front lines everywhere news happens. We congratulate them on this important recognition.”

SOURCE: Thomson Reuters
PHOTO: REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis [Amoun, 70, a blind Palestinian refugee who lived in the town of Aleppo in Syria, rests on a beach moments after arriving along with another 40 people on a dinghy in the Greek island of Kos, crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece, August 12, 2015.]