Three photojournalists awarded Pulitzer Prize for capturing life in lockdown after August 5th 2019 and the end of the erstwhile state and its special status.

Three press photojournalists from Associated Press, Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography on Monday, May 4, 2020. They were awarded the same for capturing “striking images of life” in Jammu and Kashmir after the Centre revoked territory’s special status under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The Pulitzer Awards for Journalism was postponed for two weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dana Canedy, award administrator delivered the news via video-conferencing instead at Columbia University, New York. The photographs shot differed from various subjects such as protests, police, paramilitary action and daily life of J&K after the internet blackout in the state in August last year.

As reported by the news agency, AP News, New York, “Snaking around roadblocks, sometimes taking cover in strangers’ homes and hiding cameras in vegetable bags, the three photographers captured images of protests, police and paramilitary action and daily life — and then headed to an airport to persuade travelers to carry the photo files out with them and get them to the AP’s office in New Delhi.”

The photographers were surprised after being declared as awardees. Take a look at how twitter treated them and their photographs:

Also read: A tribute to bravehearts who lost their lives while fighting a gun battle at Handwara, J&K

Here’s to their bravery in the time of adversity!