Danish Siddiqui among three Indians honoured with Pulitzer Prize for a Feature by Reuters on COVID-19 in India


Photograph/Danish Siddiqui

Late photojournalist Danish Siddiqui is among four Indians honoured with the prestigious Pulitzer Prize 2022 in the Feature Photography category. Siddiqui and his colleagues Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo and Amit Dave from the Reuters won the award for chronicling COVID-19s in India.  The judges decided to move the photo series from the Breaking News Photography category to Feature Photography as it portrayed “balanced intimacy and devastation, while offering viewers a heightened sense of place.”

Siddiqui, 38, was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near a border crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan on July 16. This is his second Pulitzer, while the first was honoured in 2018 as part of the Reuters team for their coverage of the Rohingya crisis.

As for Adnan Abidi, this is his third Pulitzer—the first was awarded for his coverage of the Rohingya Crisis in 2018 and the second for documenting the Hong Kong protest in 2020.

Sanna Irshad Mattoo, who is the first Kashmiri woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, is pursuing her fellowship from the renowned photo company, Magnum Foundation.

Amit Dave has over three decades of experience as a photojournalist. He has covered riots, the aftermath of the Bhuj earthquake in Gujarat, droughts and the Indian Ocean tsunami in Tamil Nadu.

“A world largely preoccupied with its own suffering was jolted awake to the scale of India’s outbreak after Reuters photographers documented it. To have Danish’s incredible work honoured in this way is a tribute to the enduring mark he has left on the world of photojournalism,” the news agency’s Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement after the award.

To view the entire series of images, visit https://www.pulitzer.org/winners/adnan-abidi-sanna-irshad-mattoo-amit-dave-and-late-danish-siddiqui-reuters.