Best of the AP

Best of the Week - First Winner Oct. 22, 2021

In the wake of Texas’ abortion ban, AP gives voice to women now going to out-of-state clinics

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In America’s pitched debate over abortion, the voices of the people most affected by the slew of new laws restricting access to abortion are seldom heard.

Allowing patients to tell their stories of seeking to end their pregnancies has been a priority in AP’s coverage of Texas’ new law banning most abortions. Oklahoma City-based reporter Sean Murphy and Miami-based photographer Rebecca Blackwell delivered impressively on that goal with a sensitively written, visually compelling all-formats package.

The pair carefully negotiated access to a clinic in Shreveport, Louisiana, and earned the trust of Texas patients whose voices were vividly brought to life in text, photo, video and audio. They also met with anti-abortion protesters outside the clinic.

For gaining access and handling a delicate and polarizing story with professionalism, grace and accuracy while providing AP’s worldwide audience a greater understanding of the real-life impacts of the Texas law, Murphy and Blackwell are AP’s Best of the Week — First Winners.

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Best of the Week - Second Winner Oct. 22, 2021

Anticipation, preparation by Beirut photo team delivers standout coverage of deadly street battles

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Hourslong gun battles on the streets of Beirut began abruptly and the situation deteriorated into the worst armed clashes the Lebanese capital has seen in more than a decade, as Lebanon’s two Shiite parties, Hezbollah and Amal, protested the judge investigating last year’s Beirut port blast.

Outstanding coverage by photographers Hussein Malla, Hassan Ammar and Bilal Hussein drew heavily on awareness, preparation and street smarts as they anticipated the potential areas of conflict.

From the firing of the first shot they were positioned to capture the chaos that ensued from every side, including militiamen firing their machine guns, people rushing to take cover and powerful images of students and teachers sheltering inside a school.

For smart planning and courageous execution to deliver photos and video that brought viewers and readers into the battle zone, the judges recognize the team of Ammar, Malla and Hussein as AP's Best of the Week — Second Winner.

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