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Pulitzer Center Update March 20, 2015

Tomas van Houtryve's 'A Sky Full of Cameras' Wins White House News Photographers Association, World Press Photo

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Image by Tomas van Houtryve. United States, 2014.

A drone's-eye view of America reveals the changing nature of war, privacy, and government...

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Several thousand people have been killed by covert U.S. drone strikes since 2004. The photographer bought his own drone, mounted a camera and traveled across the United States looking for situations similar to those mentioned in strike reports from Pakistan and Yemen, including weddings, funerals, and groups of people praying or exercising. He also flew his camera over settings in which drones are used to less lethal effect, such as prisons, oil fields and the U.S.-Mexico border. Image by Tomas van Houtryve. Maryland, 2013.

Pulitzer Center grantee Tomas van Houtryve won first place in the issue reporting category for The White House News Photographers Association 'Eyes of History' 2015 multimedia competition for "A Sky Full of Cameras," first published by National Geographic in August 2014.

The video, produced by Houtryve—with music by Baska Tibor, and editing by Janna Dotschkal—is part of his Pulitzer Center-supported photo series Blue Sky Days. His drone's-eye-view images of America reveals the changing nature of war, privacy, and government transparency.

His images also won second prize in the contemporary issues category of the 2015 World Press Photo contest, which had entries from 5,692 photographers, photojournalists, and documentary photographers from 131 different countries. View all of van Houtryve's images featured on the World Press Photo website.

Other honors for van Houtryve's "Blue Sky Days" project include
Pictures of the Year International, Award of Excellence Issue Reporting. He is a member of VII Photo Agency.