Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography Awarded to Reuters for Rohingya Crisis Coverage

A woman collapses from exhaustion as Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar arrive in Shah Porir Dwip, near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, October 1, 2017. Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

The Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography has been awarded to Reuters for a series of hard-hitting photographs documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Announcing the prize at an awards ceremony in New York, Pulitzer administrator Dana Canedy commended Reuters photography staff for "shocking photos that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar."

Nearly 700,000 Muslim Rohingya have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar into Bangladesh since August 25, 2017, when the army began "clearance operations" following an attack on police posts by a group of Rohingya insurgents.

The Pulitzers, the most prestigious awards in American journalism, also honored U.S. media for their work on some of the most pressing domestic issues such as pervasive sexual harassment in the workplace and the investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The New York Times and the New Yorker magazine shared the honor for Public Service for their reporting on sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. The reporting revealed "explosive, impactful journalism that exposed powerful and wealthy sexual predators," the Pulitzer board said.

Reuters Editor-in-Chief Stephen J. Adler said: "In a year in which many Pulitzers were rightly devoted to U.S. domestic matters, we're proud at Reuters to shine a light on global issues of profound concern and importance. The extraordinary photography of the mass exodus of the Rohingya people to Bangladesh demonstrates not only the human cost of conflict but also the essential role photojournalism can play in revealing it." 

Reuters reporters Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have been jailed in Myanmar since December 12, charged under the colonial-era Official Secrets Act, after investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya Muslim men in Rakhine state.

The Pulitzers have been awarded since 1917, after being established in the will of newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. The 17-member Pulitzer board is made up of past winners and other distinguished journalists and academics. It chose the winners in 14 journalism categories plus seven that recognize fiction, drama, history, biography, poetry, general nonfiction and music.

— Reuters contributed to this report.

A Rohingya refugee child carries an infant at a refugee camp in Palang Khali near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, October 4, 2017. Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters
Leaves cover the face of 11-month-old Abdul Aziz who died after battling high fever and a severe cough at the Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, December 4, 2017. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Rohingya refugees carrying their child walk through deep water after crossing the border from Myanmar into Bangladesh, September 7, 2017. Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters
Rohingya refugees walk in a rice field in Palang Khali near Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, after crossing the border from Mynamar, October 9, 2017. Jorge Silva/Reuters
A Rohingya woman carries two children as she walks in a rice field in Palang Khali near Cox's Bazaar, Bangladesh, after crossing the border from Mynamar, October 9, 2017. Jorge Silva/Reuters
A pregnant Rohingya refugee who went into labour after crossing the border from Myanmar is carried to a medical center near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, November 3, 2017. Hannah McKay/Reuters
A still unnamed four-day-old baby who crossed the border with his mother the day before waits with other Rohingya refugees to receive permission from the Bangladeshi army to continue their journey to safety and shelter. Jorge Silva/Reuters
Bodies of Rohingya refugees who died when their boat capsized while fleeing Myanmar are placed in a local madrasa in Shah Porir Dwip, in Teknaf, near Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh, October 9, 2017. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Hamida weeps as she holds her 40-day-old son who died when their boat capsized before arriving on shore in Shah Porir Dwip, Teknaf, Bangladesh, September 14, 2017. Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters
Roshid Jan cries while holding her son Muhammad Gyab at their shelter at a camp for widows and orphans inside the Balukhali camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, December 5, 2017. She said she walked for 10 days with her five children after soldiers burnt their village in Myanmar. Damir Sagolj/Reuters
Rohingya children fleeing violence in Myanmar hold one another as they cross the Naf River along the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, November 1, 2017. Adnan Abidi/Reuters