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Danish Siddiqui wins his second Pulitzer Prize

Danish Siddiqui has again won the honourable Pulitzer Prize, along with his colleagues Sanna Irshad Mattoo, Amit Dave and Adan Abidi. The four of them worked under the Reuters news agency. The news of their winning the award was announced on Monday. They won for “images of Covid’s toll in India that balanced intimacy and devastation, while offering views a heightened sense of place” as stated by the official website of The Pulitzer Prizes.

The photograph was selected by the judges under the category of ‘breaking news’.

Siddiqui was killed last year in Afghanistan, while he was on an assignment to capture the battle between Afghan troops and Taliban. The then 38-year-old photographer was killed in Spin Boldak district of Kandahar city.

This is the second time the photo journalist has won the prestigious award. Siddiqui was honoured with the award in 2018 along with his colleagues as a part of the Reuters team. They received the Pulitzer Prize for portraying the Rohingya crisis via photograph.

He has covered different big events all around the world, including the Hong Kong protests, the Afghanistan conflict and other major affairs of Asia, Middle East and Europe.

Siddiqui graduated from Jamaia Milia Islamia with a degree in economics and then went for Mass Communication in the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre at Jamia. He started his career in television news but soon switched to photojournalism. He joined Reuters in 2010 as an intern.

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