Barbara Davidson, a staff photojournalist for the Los Angeles Times, achieved premier honors as the 2013 Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the 71st annual Pictures of the Year International (POYi) competition.
Two additional newspaper photojournalists received portfolio honors in the Newspaper Photographer of the Year premier category. James Oatway of The Sunday Times in South Africa, and Lacy Atkins of The San Francisco Chronicle were recognized with second and third place awards.
The most authentic photographs tell untold stories, and they capture intimacy, depth and compassion. These are just a few of the words that come to mind when I think of Barbara Davidson‘s “Caught in the Crossfire” project, which led to the Los Angeles Times photographer to win this year’s Pulitzer Prize in feature photography.
I talked with Davidson via email about her reporting process, why she chose the photos she did, and what advice she has for other journalists covering gang violence. You can read our Q&A, which has been edited for clarity, below.
Damon Winter of The New York Times and Barbara Davidson of The Los Angeles Times are among those honored by the National Press Phoographers Association.
On Thursday, Damon Winter of The New York Times was named photojournalist of the year (large markets) in the association’s Best of Photojournalism contest, for his work in Haiti and Afghanistan.
A series on the victims of gang violence by Barbara Davidson of The Los Angeles Times was named the best published picture story (large markets) by the photographers association.
Photographers at The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times have won Pulitzers this year.
Asked how she had earned the trust of families who were so vulnerable, Barbara Davidson noted that she was often with him from almost the beginning of their ordeal; for instance, before a relative’s funeral. She would assure them then that they could count on her to tell their story. She would say, “A lot of the media is going to disappear in three days, but I’m going to be the one you’re going to see again and again and again.”
Her essay, which appeared in the Los Angeles Times in November as a front-page story that continued to a double-truck spread inside the paper and appeared on the paper's Web site as both a multimedia feature and a flat gallery, documented the lives of more than 8,000 Navajo Indians who live on a 1.6 million acre tract of tribal land in northeastern Arizona
Visa Pour l’Image 2009 Winners Announced – PDN
Visa Pour l’Image 2009 Winners Announced – PDN:
Los Angeles Times photographer Barbara Davidson was recognized at the 2009 Visa Pour l’Image festival with a top award for her coverage of the 2008 Chinese earthquake, while photographers who covered conflicts in Georgia and Afghanistan also took home honors.