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The 2020 Pulitzer Prize winners were announced virtually on 4th May owing to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Indians who won:

  • The Associated Press was awarded the feature photography prize for images showing life in Kashmir as India revoked its semi-autonomous status.
  • Three photographers — Mukhtar Khan, Yasin Dar and Channi Anand —were named for the award.
  • The three photojournalists had to take extreme measures such as taking cover in strangers’ homes, going around the roadblock, or hiding their camera in vegetable bags.
  • After capturing various images of the protests, paramilitary action, police, and daily life, they will head to the airport and persuade the travellers to carry the images hidden in memory cards or flash drives and give them at AP’s office in New Delhi.

What is the Pulitzer Prize?

  • The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States.
  • It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) Joseph Pulitzer who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher.
  • It is Administered by Columbia University in New York City.
  • Prizes are awarded yearly in 21 categories. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal.
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