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Northern Ireland photographer awarded Pulitzer for capturing Burma conflict

A Northern Ireland photographer has won a Pulitzer Prize for his images of Rohingya Muslim refugees fleeing Burma to escape military-led violence.

Former Belfast Telegraph photographer and Sunday Life deputy picture editor Cathal McNaughton picked up the prize for his work with Reuters.

The Cushendall man is Reuters chief photographer in India.

The photography staff were honored for images of the violence endured by the Rohingya, a Muslim minority, as they fled Myanmar for Bangladesh.

Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen J Adler said: "The extraordinary photography of the mass exodus of the Rohingya people to Bangladesh demonstrates not only the human cost of conflict but also the essential role photojournalism can play in revealing it."

The 17-member Pulitzer board is made up of past winners and other distinguished journalists and academics.

There are winners in 14 journalism categories and a further seven that recognise fiction, drama, history, biography, poetry, non-fiction and music.

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