NYT photographer wins prize for Haiti coverage

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New York Times photographer Damon Winter on Sunday won the top prize in the news category at the International Festival of Photojournalism here for his coverage of the Haiti earthquake.

Winter, 35, was the first NYT journalist to reach Haiti after the January 12 earthquake killed more than 250,000 people in the Caribbean nation.

Winter, who joined the US newspaper in 2007, won a Pulitzer in 2009 for a magazine photo of Barack Obama on the presidential campaign trail in 2008.

The top prize in the feature category went to US photographer Stephanie Sinclair, 38, who works for the VII photo agency, for a series of photographs on polygamy among Mormons for National Geographic magazine and the New York Times.

Frederic Sautereau picked up the top prize in the daily press category for a series on the Gaza Strip and the Islamist movement Hamas in the French newspaper La Croix.

Some 3,000 professional photojournalists and 300 photo agencies participated in the Photojournalism festival held in the southern French city of Perpignan.

© 2010 AFP

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