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Photos of migrants' plight win Pulitzer

The New York Times and Reuters shared this year's Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for their images of the devastating migrant crisis in Europe and the Middle East.

The New York Times team, who put together a searing collection of images, was made up of Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter. One of the pictures (left) in the series portrayed migrants arriving by a Turkish boat near the village of Skala, on the Greek island of Lesbos .

Mr Ponomarev and Mr Lima had followed a Syrian refugee family's journey from Greece to Sweden, where they applied for asylum. Mr Ponomarev captured the first half of the family's journey through Macedonia to Serbia, while Mr Lima followed them from Serbia to Sweden. The photographers accompanied them for a total of 40 days.

Mr Etter spent only two days on the assignment, but his image of a tearful man cradling a child as their packed rubber boat arrived in Greece went viral on social media.

For Mr Hicks, who spent weeks photographing the refugees arriving in Lesbos, his experience covering conflicts in places the refugees were fleeing gave him a keen appreciation of the desperation that fuelled their journey.

This is the newspaper's fourth photo Pulitzer in the past three years. The Pulitzer is the highest award in newspaper and online journalism awarded each year in 21 categories.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 20, 2016, with the headline 'Photos of migrants' plight win Pulitzer'. Print Edition | Subscribe