The Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography has been jointly won by Reuters and The New York Times for images of the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East.
The Reuters photo coverage was led by Yannis Behrakis, chief photographer for Greece and Cyprus, along with Alkis Konstantinidis, Alexandros Avramidis, Stoyan Nenov, Michael Dalder, Bernadett Szabo and Srdjan Zivulovic.
They captured a series of images of people crowded on flimsy dinghies and their first moments upon reaching European territory. Some showed families flailing away in the water cradling children or collapsing on the beach. Other photographs showed the hardships faced further along their epic journeys.
11 August 2015: A dinghy overcrowded with Syrian refugees drifts in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece after its motor broke down off the Greek island of Kos Yannis Behrakis/Reuters 12 September 2015: A Syrian refugee holding a baby swims towards the Greek island of Lesbos Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters 24 September 2015: A Syrian refugee holds onto his children as he struggles to get off a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing from Turkey Yannis Behrakis/Reuters 19 October 2015: An Afghan man jumps off an overcrowded raft onto a beach at the Greek island of Lesbos Yannis Behrakis/Reuters
7 November 2015: The body of an unidentified man is seen on a beach after being washed ashore on the Greek island of Lesbos Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters 12 August 2015: Amoun, a blind 70-year-old Palestinian refugee who lived in the town of Aleppo in Syria, rests on a beach on the Greek island of Kos moments after arriving along with another 40 on a dinghy from Turkey Yannis Behrakis/Reuters 12 August 2015: A Syrian refugee tries to catch his breath as he stands in a crowd waiting to be registered in a stadium on the Greek island of Kos Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters 8 October 2015: An Afghan man is seen inside a bus after he disembarked from the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ferry at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, along with over 2,500 migrants and refugees from the island of Lesbos Yannis Behrakis/Reuters 10 September 2015: A Syrian refugee kisses his daughter as he walks through a rainstorm towards Greece's border with Macedonia Yannis Behrakis/Reuters 10 September 2015: Migrants and refugees beg Macedonian policemen to allow them passage to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia during a rainstorm, near the Greek village of Idomeni Yannis Behrakis/Reuters 22 August 2015: A Macedonian police officer raises his baton towards migrants and refugees in an attempt to stop them from entering into Macedonia at Greece's border near the village of Idomeni Alexandros Avramidis/Reuters 10 September 2015: Syrian refugees walk through the mud as they cross the border from Greece into Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni Yannis Behrakis/Reuters 15 August 2015: A policeman tries to stop a man from boarding a train through a window at Gevgelija train station in Macedonia, close to the border with Greece Stoyan Nenov/Reuters 27 August 2015: Syrian refugees cross under a fence into Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke Bernadett Szabo/Reuters 3 September 2015: Hungarian police stop a family of refugees as they tried to run away at the railway station in the town of Bicske Laszlo Balogh/Reuters 20 October 2015: Migrants and refugees make their way on foot on the outskirts of Brezice, Slovenia Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters 20 October 2015: Immigrants are escorted by German police to a registration centre in Wegscheid near Passau, after crossing the border from Austria Michael Dalder/Reuters
The Reuters team shared the breaking news photography prize with Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter of The New York Times.