Kashmir Photo Journalist Sana Irshad Matoo Shares Pultizer with Three Others

A resident of Srinagar, Sanna is a postgraduate in Convergent Journalism from the Central University of Kashmir. 

New York: Slain photojournalist Danish Siddiqui is among four Indians honoured with the prestigious Pulitzer Prize 2022 in the feature photography category.

Siddiqui and his colleagues Adnan Abidi, Sanna Irshad Mattoo and Amit Dave from the Reuters news agency won the award, announced on Monday, for “images of COVID’s toll in India that balanced intimacy and devastation, while offering viewers a heightened sense of place”, according to The Pulitzer Prizes website.

Their work was moved from the breaking news photography category by the judges.

In 2021, Mattoo became Magnum Foundation’s ‘Photography and Social Justice Fellows. She is working with global news gatherer, Reuters for some years.

A resident of Srinagar, Sanna is a postgraduate in Convergent Journalism from the Central University of Kashmir.  Her works were published in national and international media publications such as the Al Jazeera, The Nation, TIME, TRT World, South China Morning Post, and Caravan Magazine before she started working for Reuters

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She was featured on the Al Jazeera in a story detailing the hardships faced by journalists after the revoking of Article 370 and the restrictions that followed.  She has also contributed to ZUMA press agency based in California.

This is what her Pulitzer introduction says: Sanna Irshad Mattoo is a photojournalist and documentary photographer based in Kashmir. Ranging from groundbreaking news to in-depth storytelling, her work concentrates on depicting the tension between the seeming ordinariness of life and the stark symbols of a menacing militarized milieu of Kashmir. Her work has been published in newspapers and magazines around the world and has been screened and exhibited in various exhibitions and festivals. She presently contributes to Reuters as a Multimedia Journalist.

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In 2020, three AP photojournalists including one from Jammu and two from Srinagar bagged the Pultizer for covering Jammu and Kashmir in wake of the abrogation of Article 370.

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