Alkis Konstantinidis won the Pulitzer Prize for the second time
Alkis Konstantinidis, a Greek photographer for Reuters, was honored for the second time in his career with the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography, as a member of the team that covered the refugee crisis at the Mexican – US borders.
“The Foreign Press Association of Greece proudly announces that Alkis Konstantinidis has won the Pulitzer Prize for a second time as a member of the Reuters photographic team, covering the refugee crisis on the Mexico-US border,” was the message from the Association, congratulating Alkis Konstantinidis for his success.
Alkis Konstantinidis, through his personal social networking account, made a publication expressing the honor he feels for this award.
— Alkis Konstantinidis (@alkiskon) April 15, 2019
This was not the first time the Greek photographer was honored with this award. In 2016, together with Yannis Behrakis and Alexander Avramidis, photographed with their cameras the refugee crisis, photographing the refugees both in the sea and also in their first moments on European territory, winning the Pulitzer Prize.
Alkis Konstantinidis stressed in his statement at kathimerini.gr that “it is shocking to participate for a second time in the group of photographers who takes the Pulitzer Prize. The last time we won it, the team was led by Yannis Behrakis. This year with another team. Yannis, however, is the teacher for all of us. It was and is a point of reference with his work at a global level.”
Famous media and local newspapers have won the Pulitzer Prizes for 2019. Maryland’s Capital Gazzette was awarded for the coverage of the murderous attack at her offices. At the same time, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal were among the winners for their reports on US President Trump.
The first Pulitzer Prizes were awarded on June 4, 1917 and are now announced each year in April. The prize was established according to the will of Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American journalist and newspaper publisher.