IN PHOTOS: 2016 Pulitzer Winners for Breaking News Photography Capture Refugees Through the Lens

Photographers from The New York Times and Thomson Reuters won the prize for their gripping photographs of the journeys taken by refugees fleeing war and horror in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

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Photographers from The New York Times and Thomson Reuters won the prize for their gripping photographs of the journeys taken by refugees fleeing war and horror in the Middle East and Northern Africa, in their attempts to start new lives in Europe. Even after crossing the sea, crawling under barbed wire fences and wallowing in the mud, the camera captures their continued resolve to reach their unknown destinations. 

Laith Majid, an Iraqi refugee breaks out in tears of joy, holding his son and daughter, after they  arrived safely in Kos, Greece on Aug. 15, 2015.
Laith Majid, an Iraqi refugee breaks out in tears of joy, holding his son and daughter, after they arrived safely in Kos, Greece on Aug. 15, 2015.Credit: Daniel Etter/The New York Times
Migrants arrive by a Turkish boat near the village of Skala, on the Greek island of Lesbos, Nov. 1, 2015.
Migrants arrive by a Turkish boat near the village of Skala, on the Greek island of Lesbos, Nov. 1, 2015. Credit: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times
After battling rough seas and high winds on the crossing from Turkey, migrants arrive on the northern shore of Lesbos Island in Greece, Oct. 1, 2015.
After battling rough seas and high winds on the crossing from Turkey, migrants arrive on the northern shore of Lesbos Island in Greece, Oct. 1, 2015.Credit: Tyler Hicks/The New York Times
A Syrian refugee holds onto his children as he struggles to walk off a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos September 24, 2015.
A Syrian refugee holds onto his children as he struggles to walk off a dinghy on the Greek island of Lesbos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Lesbos September 24, 2015. Credit: Yannis Behrakis, Reuters
A migrant holds his child during a clash with Hungarian riot police at the Horgos border crossing in Serbia, Sept. 16, 2015.
A migrant holds his child during a clash with Hungarian riot police at the Horgos border crossing in Serbia, Sept. 16, 2015.Credit: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times
Hungarian policemen stand over a family of immigrants who threw themselves onto the track before they were detained at a railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, September 3, 2015.
Hungarian policemen stand over a family of immigrants who threw themselves onto the track before they were detained at a railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, September 3, 2015.Credit: Laszlo Balogh, Reuters
Migrants make their way on foot on the outskirts of Brezice, Slovenia October 20, 2015.
Migrants make their way on foot on the outskirts of Brezice, Slovenia October 20, 2015.Credit: Srdjan Zivulovic, Reuters
Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, August 27, 2015.
Syrian migrants cross under a fence as they enter Hungary at the border with Serbia, near Roszke, August 27, 2015. Credit: Bernadett Szabo, Reuters
A policeman tries to stop a migrant from boarding a train through a window at Gevgelija train station in Macedonia, close to the border with Greece, August 15, 2015.
A policeman tries to stop a migrant from boarding a train through a window at Gevgelija train station in Macedonia, close to the border with Greece, August 15, 2015.Credit: Stoyan Nenov, Reuters
A  overcrowded inflatable boat with Syrian refugees drifts in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece after its motor broke down off the Greek island of Kos, August 11, 2015.
A overcrowded inflatable boat with Syrian refugees drifts in the Aegean sea between Turkey and Greece after its motor broke down off the Greek island of Kos, August 11, 2015. Credit: Yannis Behrakis, Reuters
A Macedonian police officer raises his baton towards migrants to stop them from entering into Macedonia at Greece's border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, August 22, 2015.
A Macedonian police officer raises his baton towards migrants to stop them from entering into Macedonia at Greece's border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, August 22, 2015. Credit: Alexandros Avramidis, Reuters
An Afghan migrant is seen inside a bus following his arrival by the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ferry with over 2,500 migrants and refugees from the island of Lesbos at the port of Piraeus, near Athens, Greece, October 8, 2015.
An Afghan migrant is seen inside a bus following his arrival by the Eleftherios Venizelos passenger ferry with over 2,500 migrants and refugees from the island of Lesbos, Greece, October 8, 2015.Credit: Yannis Behrakis, Reuters
Migrants and refugees beg Macedonian policemen to allow passage to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia during a rainstorm, near the Greek village of Idomeni, September 10, 2015.
Migrants and refugees beg Macedonian policemen to allow passage to cross the border from Greece into Macedonia during a rainstorm, near the Greek village of Idomeni, September 10, 2015.Credit: Yannis Behrakis, Reuters
A Syrian refugee tries to catch his breath as he stands in a crowded line to get registered in the national stadium of the Greek island of Kos, August 12, 2015.
A Syrian refugee tries to catch his breath as he stands in a crowded line to get registered in the national stadium of the Greek island of Kos, August 12, 2015.Credit: Alkis Konstantinidis, Reuters
Syrian refugee kisses his daughter as he walks through a rainstorm towards Greece's border with Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, September 10, 2015.
Syrian refugee kisses his daughter as he walks through a rainstorm towards Greece's border with Macedonia, near the Greek village of Idomeni, September 10, 2015.Credit: Yannis Behrakis, Reuters
Stranded migrants struggle for water, blankets, diapers and clothes being distributed near the train station in Idomeni, Greece, Nov. 28, 2015.
Stranded migrants struggle for water, blankets, diapers and clothes being distributed near the train station in Idomeni, Greece, Nov. 28, 2015. Credit: Mauricio Lima/The New York Times
Immigrants are escorted by German police to a registration centre, after crossing the Austrian-German border in Wegscheid near Passau, Germany, October 20, 2015.
Immigrants are escorted by German police to a registration centre, after crossing the Austrian-German border in Wegscheid near Passau, Germany, October 20, 2015.Credit: Michael Dalder , Reuters

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