Massoud Hossaini won the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for this photograph that appeared in newspapers around the world last December.
The image is from the aftermath of a suicide attack at shrine in Kabul attended by Shiites taking part in a religious ceremony.
Via the New York Times Lens Blog, which spoke to Hossaini in December after publishing the photo:
“Women were asking me, ‘Help, help, help,’” Mr. Hossaini said. “I couldn’t. I was recording and I was taking pictures.” One of the women who was holding a baby, called out for help — her other child had died. Another man lifted the child from the ground. But blood was pouring from its head. The man placed the child back on the ground and walked away.
As Mr. Hossaini photographed, he realized he was weeping. When he looked down, he realized how badly his own hand was bleeding. He wrapped it with the cleanest piece of material he could find.
Hossaini works for Agence France-Presse. It is the organization’s first Pulitzer.