2011 Pulitzer Prize Winners: Breaking News Photography [PHOTOS]

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April 20, 2011 7:39 AM EST

Pulitzer Prize winners for 2011 have been released. Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of the Washington Post won the Breaking News Photography prize.

Carol Guzy, Nikki Kahn and Ricky Carioti of the Washington Post were awarwed the prize for their up-close portrait of grief and desperation after a catastrophic earthquake struck Haiti.

The Pulitzer Prize is a U.S. award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. It was established by Hungarian-American publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City. According to the administrators of the Pulitzer Prize the correct pronunciation of the name should sound like the verb pull, as in "Pull it, sir".

Prizes are awarded yearly in twenty-one categories. In twenty of these, each winner receives a certificate and a US$10,000 cash award. The winner in the public service category of the journalism competition is awarded a gold medal, which always goes to a newspaper, although an individual may be named in the citation.

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