We’ve put together a collection of Prestigious Award Winning Photographs of Pulitzer Prize, The World Press Photo and Sony World Photography Awards in 2012. Feel free to check our earlier article Photography Awards in 2011. At times, all a photographer needs is recognition which is more than sought by means of winning. These awards,they are everything for them, becomes an address to any artist. All these awards are very prestigious and considered to be the foremost awards for any photographer be it Professional or amateur.
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The 2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner – Massoud Hossaini
Tarana Akbari, 12, screams after a suicide bombing at Abul Fazel Shrine in Kabul on Dec. 6, 2011
World Press Photo
Photographer of the year – Samuel Aranda
Sanaa, Yemen – Fatima al-Qaws cradles her son Zayed (18), who is suffering from the effects of tear gas after participating in a street demonstration, in Sanaa, Yemen, on 15 October.
General News, 1st prize singles – Alex Majoli
Mubarak Steps Down – Demonstrators on Tahrir Square, Cairo, react to a televised speech on 10 February, in which contrary to prior expectations, Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak said he would not give up power.
General News, 1st prize stories – Rémi Ochlik
Battle for LIbya – After security forces fired live rounds on demonstrators in Libya’s second city of Benghazi, in mid-February, anti-government protests escalated. Over the next few months, opposition to the rule of long-time dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi became a full-scale national revolt.
Spot News, 1st prize singles – Yuri Kozyrev
On Revolution Road – Rebels battle for Ras Lanuf, an oil-refining town on the Libyan coast, on 11 March.
Spot News, 1st prize stories – Koichiro Tezuka
The Fury of the Tsunami – Tsunami waves hit the town of Natori, in Miyagi prefecture, Japan.
People in the News, 1st prize stories – Yasuyoshi Chiba
Tsunami – On 11 March, a magnitude 9.0 earthquake struck 70 kilometers off the Tōhoku coast, in northeastern Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami that swept inland, destroying buildings, crippling infrastructure, and resulting in the displacement of more than 340,000 people.
Sports, 1st prize singles – Donald Miralle, Jr.
Ironman World Championships – Competitors swim over a school of fish at the start of the mass swim, part of the Ironman World Championship.
Sports, 1st prize stories – Alexander Taran
Strelka – In the amateur street fighting tournament known as strelka in Russia, fighters compete on sand without a time limit. Only a knockout or surrender stops the fight.
Daily Life, 1st prize singles – Damir Sagolj
North Korea – A portrait of North Korea’s founder, Kim Il-sung, decorates a building in the country’s capital Pyongyang.
Daily Life, 1st prize stories – Alejandro Kirchuk
Never Let You Go – Marcos and Monica were married for 65 years and, for much of that time, lived in the same apartment in Buenos Aires. In 2007, aged 84, Monica was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Since that moment, Marcus devoted his time to taking care of her.
Portraits, 1st prize singles – Laerke Posselt
Danish and Iranian Culture – Actress Mellica Mehraban, who was born in Iran but grew up in Denmark, played a lead role in the Iranian spy thriller ‘Fox Hunting’.
Portraits, 1st prize stories – Donald Weber
Interrogation room – Inside an interrogation room in Ukraine.
Arts and Entertainment, 1st prize singles – David Goldman
Afghanistan – Canadian Forces soldier Corporal Ben Vandandaigue plays on a drum kit at Forward Operating Base Sperwan Ghar, overlooking the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, Afghanistan.
Nature, 1st prize singles – Jenny E. Ross
Cliff-Climbing Polar Bear Attempting to Eat Seabird Eggs – A young male polar bear climbs on a cliff face above the ocean, attempting unsuccessfully to feed on eggs from the nests of Brünnich’s guillemots, in late July.
Nature, 1st prize stories – Brent Stirton
Rhino Wars – With rhinoceros horn worth more than gold, the animals are the target of poachers. South Africa alone lost over 400 rhinos to illegal poaching in 2011. It is estimated there are only 16,000 rhinos left in the world, and the animal faces extinction.
Contemporary Issues, 1st prize singles – Brent Stirton
Maria, a drug-addicted sex worker, rests between clients in the room she rents in Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine.
Contemporary Issues, 1st prize stories – Stephanie Sinclair
Child Brides – Every year, all over the world, millions of girls below the age of 18 undergo marriages initiated by their families. The tradition of child marriage spans continents, religion, and class.
Sony World Photography Awards 2012
Open Photographer of the Year – Tobias Bräuning
Landscapes: Storms – Mitch Dobrowner
Culture category – Kolyaskin Sergey
Current Affairs – Donald Weber
Sport – Palmer + Pawel
Arts and Culture – Rob Hornstra
Conceptual – Irina Werning
Contemporary Issues – Kasia Bieska
Fashion – Peter Franck
Nature & Wildlife – Jacek Kusz
Travel – Luis Henry Agudelo
People – Simon Norfolk
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