Columbia University has announced the 2013 Pulitzer Prize winners for photography. The prize for Breaking News Photography was awarded to jointly to Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen of the Associated Press, for their coverage of the conflict in Syria. The winner in the Feature Photography category is Javier Manzano, a freelance photograher, for his 'extraordinary picture' of two Syrian rebel soldiers illuminated by beams of light streaming through bullet holes. The annual awards include a cash prize of US$10,000. Information on this year's awards and the winning photographs can be found on the Pulitzer Prizes site.

Javier Manzano - October 12, 2012. Aleppo, Syria.
Narcisco Contreras, Associated Press - November 4, 2012. Aleppo, Syria.

Javier Manzano is a Mexican-born photojournalist based in Turkey. A former United States resident, he worked for the Rocky Mountain News in Denver until the paper closed down in 2009. Since then has worked as a freelancer covering wars in in Mexico, Afghanistan and Syria.