AP’s reporting from Honduras, Gaza and Syria wins prestigious awards

Associated Press journalists have won a number of prestigious awards for their work covering a variety of difficult stories spanning from Latin America to the Middle East.

AP won three awards and two citations from the Overseas Press Club of America:

  • Based in Jerusalem, photographer Bernat Armangue won the John Faber Award for his package of images documenting the Gaza conflict.
  • Photographer Oded Balilty, also based in Jerusalem, was recognized with the Feature Photography Award for his stunning images from an Orthodox wedding. 
  • Alberto Arce, AP’s correspondent in Honduras, won the Robert Spiers Benjamin Award for a series of stories looking at violence in that Central American country.

Smoke rises after an Israeli forces strike in Gaza City, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

AP’s coverage of the civil war in Syria by Rodrigo Abd, Ahmed Bahaddou, Manu Brabo, Khalil Hamra, Hamza Hendawi, Ben Hubbard and Bela Szandelszky earned the Hal Boyle citation.  Brabo also received the Robert Capa citation for a separate 12-picture package from Syria.

Separately, Arce’s coverage from Honduras also won a 2012 Sigma Delta Chi Award for foreign correspondence from the Society of Professional Journalists.

In addition, AP collected 16 awards in the National Press Photographers Association contest, more than any other news agency. First place winners include Armangue, Daniel Ochoa de Olza, Manas Paran, Mike Roemer, David J. Phillip, David Goldman and Vadim Ghirda.

On April 15, AP won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for images from Syria. AP journalists have also been recognized by the National Headliner Awards, Pictures of the Year International, World Press Photo, China International Press Photo competition (CHIPP) and the White House News Photographers Association.