Pulitzer Prizes Go to Damon Winter and Patrick Farrell

The 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced today. In the Feature Photography category, Damon Winter of the New York Times won for his “memorable array of pictures deftly capturing multiple facets of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.” Above in Winter’s shot of Obama after speaking to veterans in San Antonion. Most memorable, of course, was his picture of Obama speaking during a rainstorm at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania (below). Has a presidential candidate ever looked as cool?

In the Breaking News category, the award went to Patrick Farrell of the Miami Herald for coverage of Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. The jury called Farrell’s work “impeccably composed images of despair.” The photo below shows four-year old Veronica Lonis, malnourished and weighing 16 pounds.

The image below, also by Farrell, shows a woman washing her clothes and dishes in muddy flood water.

In the Feature category, the finalists included Carol Guzy of the Washington Post for coverage of risky childbirth practices in Sierra Leone and Sonya Hebert of the Dallas Morning News for coverage of Texas medical center.

In the Break News category, the finalists were the Associate Press staff for coverage of the earthquake in Sichuan, China, and Carolyn Cole of the Los Angeles Times for coverage of political violence in Kenya.–David Schonauer