Photojournalists Guzy, Siddiqui win Hugo Shong Award

A little girl holds her head in her hands amid ruins of the Old City in West Mosul, Iraq on July 6, 2017. Photo by Carol Guzy.

March 24, 2022
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Photojournalists Guzy, Siddiqui win Hugo Shong Award

Carol Guzy

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographers Carol Guzy and Danish Siddiqui will be honored next month as recipients of the 2022 Hugo Shong awards, presented to journalists for excellence in international reporting on issues related to Asia.

Don’t Look Away: A Master Class on Conflict Photojournalism” (4 pm, April 12, LAW Auditorium, 767 Commonwealth Avenue on Boston University) will celebrate their work with a public discussion featuring Guzy and two colleagues of Siddiqui, Adnan Abidi and Adrees Latif, who won photography Pulitzers of their own.

“The two photojournalists who are being recognized for awards this year have each demonstrated a stunning variety of achievements in both shedding light on uncomfortable truths as well as capturing moments that crystallize and reveal the human condition,” said Boston University College of Communication (COM) Dean Mariette DiChristina.

Danish Siddiqui

Guzy is to receive the Hugo Shong Lifetime Achievement Award, in the amount of $35,000. Originally trained as a nurse, she also went on to study photography. A former photographer for the Washington Post, she won the Pulitzer Prize four times, and was also the first woman to receive the Newspaper Photographer of the Year Award, presented by the National Press Photographers Association.

“Carol Guzy is an icon. There is no photojournalist who has accomplished so much,” said one of the judges for the award, according to DiChristina.

Siddiqui is to receive the Hugo Shong Journalist of the Year for Reporting on Asia Affairs, in the amount of $15,000. Siddiqui was a Reuters photojournalist who covered the Afghanistan War, Rohingya refugee crisis, Delhi riots, and the COVID-19 pandemic. He was killed in July 2021 while covering the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan.

The judges described Siddiqui as “brave, compassionate, ethical, and very talented,” according to DiChristina.

The discussion, free and open to students and the public, will be moderated by COM professor and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Greg Marinovich and attended by Siddiqui’s brother, Omar Siddiqui.