First place image in the portrait category of the WHNPA "Eyes of History" awards. Marisol Espinoza, a 20-year-old woman from Chiapas, Mexico, in a shelter for deportees and migrants the night after she was deported from the United States. She crossed into the United States and walked through the Arizona desert for six days before she was arrested by the U.S. Border Patrol. Image by © Louie Palu/ZUMA. Mexico, 2012. Add this image to a lesson

Pulitzer Center grantee Louie Palu placed first in the portrait, pictorial and international news picture categories of the "Eyes of History"contest hosted by the White House News Photographers Association in Washington D.C. He also received an award of excellence in the international news picture story category. The Pulitzer Center provided Palu with a grant for his reporting from the U.S.-Mexico border, part of his project called "Drawing the Line: The U.S.-Mexico Border." Palu's editorial work is represented by the photo agency ZUMA Press. He is a Bernard L. Schwartz Fellow with the New America Foundation.

The top winners of the still, video, multimedia and student contests will be honored at the annual "Eyes of History" gala on May 11 in Washington. The White House News Photographers Association is a 91-year-old non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the efforts of Washington’s professional photojournalists.


Louie Palu explores the U.S.-Mexico border where violence runs rampant: What does it look like? How has the immigration policy evolved? And what are the economic and security issues?


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Louie Palu
Juried competition results in exhibition at Smithsonian museum of about 50 finalists, which this year included Pulitzer Center grantee photographer.
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Louie Palu
Photojournalist discusses his reporting on human rights, from immigration issues to conflict zones.