The Asian Center for Journalism congratulates Bangladeshi photojournalist Mohammad Ponir Hossain (DVJ, 2016) who was part of the Reuters team that won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography for its coverage of Rohingya refugees.
The Pulitzer honored the Reuters team for what it called “shocking photographs that exposed the world to the violence Rohingya refugees faced in fleeing Myanmar.”
The photographs were originally entered under Breaking News; the Pulitzer Board moved it to the Features Photography category.
Ponir, who graduated with a degree in Business Administration from North South University in Dhaka, was part of the pioneering batch of students who completed the Diploma in Visual Journalism at the Asian Center for Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2016.
Ponir was an ACFJ scholar whose studies were partly funded by the KAS Media Asia Programme.
DVJ Batch 2016 had for its mentor Filipino photojournalist Luis Liwanag, who won the 2018 World Press Photo prize for Digital Storytelling.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs can be viewed here.
Ponir talked about his photographs and his coverage of the Rohingya crisis in an interview with the Dhaka Tribune.