Boston wedding photographer Jeff McIlroy has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his work in covering the wedding season.
The award, announced Tuesday by the magazine’s editorial board, was presented to McIlry after the 34-year-old spent four years photographing weddings in Boston.
In a statement, Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Annie Leibovitz praised McIlroys “extraordinary talent, dedication and talent for self-expression.”
“His gift for capturing life-changing moments and capturing the most memorable moments in a way that is as vivid as the photos, makes his work a unique and valuable resource for photographers everywhere,” Leibowitz said.
McIlroy is a longtime photojournalist and photojournalism aficionado who spent the past decade documenting the lives of a diverse group of people, including his wife of 12 years, Sarah McIlra, and their two daughters.
The awards recognize the work of the “great photographers of our time,” according to a news release.
The Pulitzer Board has selected five photographers to receive the award for their work covering weddings and other public events.
McDonalds will be recognized for his “unprecedented breadth and depth of reporting,” the news release said.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Pulitzer Board’s celebration of this great award-winning talent,” said McDonalds in a statement.
McNamara, a photographer who has covered weddings for more than a decade, will be honored for his dedication to the profession and for “exceeding the mark” by capturing the wedding of a close friend and mentor.
“My job has always been to make a photograph as beautiful and as powerful as the person who is taking the photograph,” McNamara said.
The nominees include:Tara McNamara and Jeff McElroy, New York, New Jersey, for their photos of Sarah McElra and her daughter, Sarah, in the wedding reception at The Westfield, a nonprofit that provides meals for the homeless and a program that provides education and vocational training to low-income students.
McElra, who had a miscarriage two years ago, and her mother, Carol, a registered nurse, have lived on the streets since their wedding in October.
McElsar was also honored for her work covering the death of her father, who died in 2011, while he was hospitalized with a brain tumor.
She also spent time with her father’s friends and family in the hospital.
McLauren, a retired business executive and mother of three, has documented her travels, including one trip to Mexico, which was shot with a digital camera.
She said she wanted to capture the moment she was introduced to her father at the hospital and then met him in a hospital hallway, where she discovered he was in great shape and living a normal life.
“As a mom, I wanted to be there for him, too,” she said.
“That’s why I took photos of him at that hospital.”
McLaurens mother, Mary, also captured her father on the day he was declared brain-dead.
McLean, who has been documenting weddings for five years, said she has never been more inspired to document the day she and her husband, a former Marine, celebrated their first wedding anniversary in March 2018.
“In my heart, I know this moment was the happiest moment of my life,” she wrote in the book.
“We did the best we could for him and his family, and he is going to be so proud of us.”