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Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand, the three photographers, were among the winners announced virtually on Monday, night.
The photographers won the prestigious award "for striking images of life in the contested territory of Kashmir as India revoked its independence, executed through a communications blackout."
Associated Press news agency's photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand has been honoured with the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography.https://t.co/wihmINcdzk— Franky Tts (@FrankyTts) May 5, 2020
While Yasin and Khan are based in Srinagar, Anand is based in the Jammu district. According to AP, the photographers captured the images of protests, policy and paramilitary action, and daily life by "snaking around roadblocks, sometimes taking cover in strangers' homes and hiding cameras in vegetable bags."
"It was always cat-and-mouse. These things made us more determined than ever to never be silenced," Yasin said.
Associated Press photographers Dar Yasin, Mukhtar Khan and Channi Anand found ways to let outsiders see what was happening in Kashmir. #Pulitzer— Shayan Acharya (@ShayanAcharya) May 4, 2020
More power to you @daryasin @channiap and Mukhtar Khanhttps://t.co/pZpOWPVLMi
In a tweet, Yasin said that the honour was "overwhelming". "I would just like to say thank you for standing by us always. It's an honour and a privilege beyond any we could have ever imagined. It's overwhelming to receive this honour," he tweeted.
Thank you Colleagues, friends, brothers. I would just like to say thank you for standing by us always. It's an honour and a privilege beyond any we could have ever imagined. It's overwhelming to receive this honor.— Dar Yasin (@daryasin) May 4, 2020
The Associated Press won a Pulitzer in feature photography for images made during India's clampdown on Kashmir, where a sweeping curfew and shutdowns of phone and internet services.#UAPA #kashmir #photographyresistenc https://t.co/ActUzENRhS— Rafia sailani (رافیہ سیلانی) (@sailqni) May 4, 2020
A Kashmiri boy tries to take out a bullet from the wall of a damaged house after a gunbattle in Tral,Indian controlled Kashmir,May 24/19.The image/series of photographs by Associated Press photographers which won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography.@daryasin #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/tqmGm5dNi5— Shazism (@MehJohar) May 4, 2020
Anand said the award left him speechless. "I was shocked and could not believe it," he added.
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said the honour exemplifies AP's great tradition of award-winning photography. "Thanks to the team inside Kashmir, the world was able to witness a dramatic escalation of the long struggle over the region's independence. Their work was important and superb," Pruitt said.
Meanwhile, AP Executive Editor Sally Buzbee called the Kashmir prize "a testament to the skill, bravery, ingenuity and teamwork of Dar, Mukhtar, Channi and their colleagues."
The abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019, had also witnessed a complete communications blackout with landlines, mobile connections, and internet connections shut down, making it extremely difficult for journalists to cover what is happening there.
Faced with an extremely difficult situation, the AP journalists had to find out about protests and other news in person. Often, the journalists could not go home for days or even let their families know that they were okay.
"It was very hard," Khan said, but "we managed to file pictures."
With no internet, to send their photos to AP staff in Delhi, the journalists went to the airport and persuaded passengers to take the photos stored in drives and disks to Delhi.
It's been a difficult year for journalists in Kashmir & that's saying something considering the last 30 years haven't exactly been easy. Congratulations to @daryasin, @muukhtark_khan & @channiap on this prestigious award. More power to your cameras. https://t.co/A7SH5hUEGZ— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) May 5, 2020
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