Journalist Danish Siddiqui, who lost his life while covering the conflict situation in Afghanistan is among the four Indians who were honoured with the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in the Feature Photography category. The prizes were announced by Columbia University in USA.
Siddiqui and his colleagues Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo and Amit Dave from the Reuters news agency won the award for ‘images of Covid’s toll in India that balanced intimacy and devastation, while offering viewers a heightened sense of place’.
Siddiqui had also received the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography, as part of a team of photographers, for documenting the Rohingya refugee crisis.
Danish Siddiqui lost his life in 2021 while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban forces in Spin Boldak, near the Pakistan border. He was the Chief Photographer for Reuters, based in India. He graduated with a degree in economics from Jamia Millia Islamia.
The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper, magazine, online journalism, literature and musical composition within the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of Joseph Pulitzer, who had made his fortune as a newspaper publisher, and is administered by Columbia University.