SRINAGAR: Kashmir photojournalist, Sanna Irshad Mattoo, 28, bagged a Pulitizer Prize that she will be sharing with three others from the Reuters team. The prizes were announced by Columbia University in the USA minutes ago.

Sanna Irshad Mattoo

The Pulitzer Winning Pic: A healthcare worker administers a dose of CoviShield, a coronavirus disease vaccine, to a shepherd during a vaccination drive in Lidderwat, located in India Kashmir’s Anantnag district, June 10, 2021. (Sanna Irshad Mattoo)

Mattoo will be sharing it with Reuters photojournalists Adnan Abidi, Amit Dev and Danish Siddiqui. They have been given the prize in feature photography. Siddiqui was killed while covering the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. The four-member Reuters team got the prize for images of COVID’s toll in India that balanced intimacy and devastation while offering viewers a heightened sense of place.

In 2021, Mattoo became Magnum Foundation’s ‘Photography and Social Justice Fellows. She is working with global news gatherer, Reuters for some years.

A resident of Srinagar, Sanna is a postgraduate in Convergent Journalism from the Central University of Kashmir.  Her works were published in national and international media publications such as the Al Jazeera, The Nation, TIME, TRT World, South China Morning Post, and Caravan Magazine before she started working for Reuters.  She was featured on the Al Jazeera in a story detailing the hardships faced by journalists after the revoking of Article 370 and the restrictions that followed.  She has also contributed to ZUMA press agency based in California.

This is what her Pulitzer introduction says: Sanna Irshad Mattoo is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Kashmir. Ranging from groundbreaking news to in-depth storytelling, her work concentrates on depicting the tension between the seeming ordinariness of life and the stark symbols of a menacing militarized milieu of Kashmir. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines around the world and has been screened and exhibited in various exhibitions and festivals. She presently contributes to Reuters as a Multimedia Journalist.

In 2020, three AP photo journalists including one from Jammu and two from Srinagar bagged the Pultizer for covering Jammu and Kashmir in wake of the abrogation of Article 370.


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