Who says you have to go halfway around the world to find gripping images? Craig Walker spent a year covering assignments in Denver, and in between shot an award-winning series on an Marine vet grappling with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Despite the convulsions of the Arab spring, the Japanese Tsunami and the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Denver Post photographer Craig Walker stayed home in 2011. He covered daily assignments — and in between produced a wrenching story on an Iraq war veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Pulitzers were awarded to photographers at The Denver Post and The Des Moines Register.
The Pulitzer Prizes for photography were awarded today to Craig F. Walker of The Denver Post and Mary Chind of The Des Moines Register. Mr. Walker received the award for feature photography for the series “Ian Fisher: American Soldier,” which followed Mr. Fisher from high school to basic training to a yearlong stint in Iraq, and back home. Ms. Chind won the breaking news photography award for her dramatic image of a construction worker dangling over the Des Moines River as he tried to rescue a 67-old-woman whose boat had capsized.
Chind won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for a dramatic drowning rescue photograph, and Walker won the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography for the extended essay "Ian Fisher: American Soldier."
Photographer Paul Hansen, a staff photographer with the Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, has won newspaper photographer of the year in the 67th annual Picture of the Year International competition at the Missouri School of Journalism. Second place went to Mads Nissen of Denmark, a staff photographer at the Danish daily Berlingske Tidende. Denver Post staff photographer Craig Walker took third place. The winning portfolios were announced over the weekend.