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Barbara Davidson is a Canadian photojournalist, commercial photographer, and director. She is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner and has won a News & Documentary Emmy Award.

Barbara Davidson
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Montreal, Quebec, Canada
ResidenceLos Angeles
Alma materConcordia University


Biography and careerEdit

Davidson, born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and holds both Irish and Canadian citizenship.[1] She graduated from Concordia University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography and Film Studies.[2]

Davidson has worked for multiple news organizations including The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Times and The Record in Ontario, Canada and the Los Angeles Times as a staff photographer.[3] Davidson has covered crisis in Iraq, Afghanistan, The Democratic Republic of Congo, Israel, and Gaza.[3]

In 2019, Davidson was dropped as a brand ambassador for Canon after a controversial tweet.[4]


In 2011, Davidson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography "for her intimate story of innocent victims trapped in the city's crossfire of deadly gang violence."[3] Davidson's work, "Caught in the Crossfire: Victims of Gang Violence" earned her an News & Documentary Emmy Award alongside five colleagues for their work for the Los Angeles Times.[5]

Additionally, in 2011 Davidson was awarded The Community Awareness Award from University of Missouri's Pictures of the Year International for "Stray Bullets," coverage of victims of gang violence in Los Angeles County.[6]

Davidson has twice, in 2006[7] and 2013,[8] been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year by POYi. In 2006, Davidson, along with seven of her colleagues at The Dallas Morning News, received a staff Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News Photography for "its vivid photographs depicting the chaos and pain after Hurricane Katrina engulfed New Orleans."[9]

In 2010, she won the Cliff Edom New American Award, from the National Press Photographers Association Best of Photojournalism competition for her project documenting the lives of Navajo Indians who live on a 1.6-million-acre (6,500 km2) tract of tribal land in northeastern Arizona.[10]

The Visa d'Or Daily Press award was given to Davidson in 2009 for coverage of the earthquake in China.[11]


  1. ^ "Pictures of the Year International". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  2. ^ "Barbara Davidson". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  3. ^ a b c "The Pulitzer Prizes | Biography". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  4. ^ "Canon Drops Ambassador Barbara Davidson for 'Racist' Tweet". PetaPixel. August 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "The Emmy Awards - Winners of The 32nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards". Archived from the original on 2016-10-30. Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  6. ^ "Winners List | Sixty-Eighth Pictures of the Year International Competition". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  7. ^ "Winners List | Sixty-Third Pictures of the Year International Competition". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  8. ^ "First Place | Photographer of the Year - Newspaper". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  9. ^ "The Pulitzer Prizes | Citation". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  10. ^ "Barbara Davidson Wins Cliff Edom's "New America Award" | NPPA". Retrieved 2015-11-11.
  11. ^, © 2008 Us Media -. "Visa pour l'image". Retrieved 2015-11-11.

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