Russian photojournalist Sergei Ponomaryov, together with colleagues from other countries Mauricio Lima, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter received the Pulitzer prize in the category “news photography”.
Ponomarev was awarded the prestigious award for their participation in the project about the refugee crisis in Europe. “I still can’t believe it,” commented Ponomarev obtaining premium TV channel “Rain”.
The project, which was attended by Ponomarev dedicated to Syrian refugees, which in 2015 was trying to cross the Mediterranean sea to reach Europe. The reports were done for different publications in The New York Times.
In February 2016 Ponomarev received the first prize in the category “Events” on the World Press Photo award for photo essay on the same topic. In photography, awarded by the jury for both awards, depicts the refugees who try to reach the shore on a crooked boat.
The Pulitzer prize – a prestigious U.S. award in the field of literature, journalism, music and theatre. The prize is awarded annually since 1917 by Columbia University in new York. It can only be obtained for publication in the American edition.
Sergey Ponomarev, as reported on the website of the photographer, became famous for reporting from Libya, Japan, as well as for the coverage of Russian political reality and culture. Since 2003 Sergey Ponomarev works to Associated Press. Born in Moscow, graduated from Moscow state University named after Lomonosov and Academiy of Labour and Social relations.