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Two AP Photographers Win Award

October 18, 2002

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MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Associated Press photographers Santiago Lyon and Enric Marti were among the winners of a new award from Spanish newspaper El Mundo in memory of a war correspondent killed in Afghanistan.

Lyon and Marti shared the prize with Spanish photographer Javier Bauluz, who won a Pulitzer prize in 1995 as part of an AP team honored for its work covering the massacres in Rwanda.

The El Mundo award, announced late Thursday, was created in memory of Julio Fuentes, a veteran war correspondent for the paper who was killed by gunmen last November near Kabul with three other foreign journalists.

The jury praised Lyon, an AP photo editor in Madrid, Cairo-based Marti and Bauluz, based in southern Spain, for war reporting at ``levels that are hard to match.″

Lyon and Marti have covered major conflicts dating back to the wars in Central America in the 1980s, and more recently the Gulf War, the Balkan wars and strife in the Middle East. Bauluz has covered Central America, Rwanda, Bosnia and the former Zaire.

El Mundo said the three had done ``extraordinary work on the front lines of major international conflicts, putting their lives at risk to cover great events of our times.″

The three winners will share $39,000.

The jury gave a separate award to Indian writer Arundhati Roy, author of the novel ``The God of Small Things,″ for her social activism. The prize was created in memory of El Mundo columnist Jose Luis Lopez de la Calle, killed by Basque separatists in 2000.

Since winning Britain’s Booker prize in 1997 for her novel, Roy has become a leading intellectual and advocate for social justice in India.

The newspaper also gave a special mention to Suzanne Goldenberg of Britain’s The Guardian for her coverage of the Palestinian uprising in the occupied territories.

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