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Harrowing Images Of Duterte's Drug War Wins Pulitzer

His work paints a grimly beautiful picture of our daily lives
by Andrei Medina | Apr 11, 2017
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An Australian freelance photojournalist bagged his second Pulitzer Prize after producing a compelling interactive piece from his coverage of the bloody drug war in the Philippines.

Daniel Beruhalak bagged the Pulitzer Prize for the Breaking News Photography category for his story published with the New York Times on Dec 7, 2016.

Titled They Are Slaughtering Us Like Animals, the winning piece is a summary of his documentation of 57 homicide victims in the span of 35 days during his visit in the country.

“I witnessed bloody scenes just about everywhere imaginable—on the sidewalk, on train tracks, in front of a girls’ school, outside 7-Eleven stores and a McDonald’s restaurant, across bedroom mattresses and living-room sofas. I watched as a woman in red peeked at one of those grisly sites through fingers held over her eyes, at once trying to protect herself and permit herself one last glance at a man killed in the middle of a busy road,” Beruhalak said as he recalled the appaling things he saw in the country.

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Aside from the Pulitzer, he is also going home with $15,000 (around P744,000) as part of the prestigious award.

Beruhalak was previously awarded his first Pulitzer Prize when he won the Feature Photography category in 2015 for covering the deadly Ebola epidemic in Africa.

The Pulitzer Prize is an annual award with 21 categories given to various groups or individuals who have shown journalistic excellence in their works.


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