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Travel virtually across the globe with two Pulitzer Prize winning former Daily Texan photographers

For two decades, two Associated Press Photographers who met at The Daily Texan traveled war zones and pockets of peace in Central America, South Asia, Africa and the Mideast, taking photos that would win each a Pulitzer Prize in Photography.

Those two photographers – John McConnico and Jean-Marc Bouju –  were recently named members of The Daily Texan Hall of Fame, sponsored by Friends of The Daily Texan, Inc.

They are other Daily Texan 2020-2021 Hall of Fame honorees will be featured in a series of videos to be released in coming weeks.

Ethiopia, 2000, a starving man awaits medical treatment. By Jean-Marc Bouju

Because of health concerns, the Friends group will not hold its annal dinner gathering this year. Normally, a slide show prepared by the photography honorees is shown during the event.

Replacing that in-person slide show is a slide show link, so you can view the outstanding work of this year’s honorees.

Click here for access:

And here is more about McConnico and Bouju:

John McConnico and Jean-Marc Bouju likely would have chosen other professions if they hadn’t joined The Texan. Because of the Texan, they chased one another around the globe for more than a decade, first to Central America, then to South Asia and Africa.

They were both part of the Associated Press (AP) team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography for coverage of al Qaeda’s bombing of U.S. embassies in East Africa.

They reveled in traveling the world, learning languages, experiencing many cultures, and filing photos to the AP, which reaches half of the planet’s population every day.

John McConnico, of Fort Worth, won the 1997 World Press Photo second-place prize for spot news for coverage of a hurricane in Puerto Rico and was part of the AP team that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography.

McConnico earned a Bachelor of Journalism in 1987 and a Master of Arts in 1994 from the Department of Journalism. He worked at The Daily Texan from 1989 to 1992.

By John McConnico

McConnico’s list of awards and honors includes:

The Daily Texan, 1989-1992

Pulitzer Prize, Spot News, US Embassy bombing, Nairobi, 1999

Overseas Press Club John Faber Award, The Middle East, 2003

AP Managing Editor’s Award, Violence in the Middle East, 2003

1st Prize South Asian Journalists Association, New York, 1999

1st Prize, World Press Photo Children’s Award, 1997

2nd Prize, World Press Photo, Spot News Stories, 1997

Best of Show, National Headliner’s Mall Dodson Award, 1997

Inter-American Press Association ABC Color Award, Chile, 1997

Jean-Marc Bouju won many photojournalism awards, including the 2004 World Press Photo of the Year for an image of an Iraqi father comforting his 4-year-old son while they were in the custody of U.S. forces in Iraq.

He also won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography and 1999 Pulitzer Prize for spot news photography as the major contributor to two packages of photos by the Associated Press.

World Press Photo winner: Iraq, 2003, An Iraqi man comforts his 4-year-old son at a U.S. Army holding center for prisoners of war. By Jean-Marc Bouju

Bouju came to the University of Texas through an internship at the University of Nice, in his native France. He worked at The Daily Texan from 1991 to 1993 and was a master’s student in photojournalism.

Bouju’s list of awards and honors includes:

The Daily Texan 1991 to 1993

World Press Photo, Picture of the Year, Hooded Iraqi prisoner of war with son, 2004

World Press Photo, People in the News Singles, First Place, Hooded Iraqi POW with son, 2004

Pulitzer Prize Spot News Photography, U.S. embassy bombings in East Africa, 1999

Pulitzer Prize Feature Photography, Rwandan war, genocide and refugee crisis, 1995

Pulitzer Prize Spot News Photography Finalist, execution in Kinshasa, Zaire, 1998

National Headliner Award, Spot News, First Place, Hooded Iraqi POW with son, 2004

Prix de Bayeux for War Reporters, Second Place, Hooded Iraqi POW with son, 2003

Associated Press Managing Editors (APME) President’s Award, Iraqi war, 2003

APME winner Spot News Photography, 1995, 1996, 1997

Pictures of the Year, Spot News General category, Award of Excellence, Uganda Cult, 2001

National Headliner Award, Single News, Third Place, coverage of U.S. embassy bombings, 1999

Alfred Eisenstaedt Awards for Magazine Photography, finalist, U.S. embassy bombings, 1999

Pictures of the Year, Global News, Award of Excellence, Liberia civil war, 1997

College Photographer of the Year, Second Place Single Feature Photography, Guatemala, 1992

Roy W. Howard Award in Public Affairs, First Prize, coverage of peace in El Salvador, 1992

Support The Daily Texan and its staff by donating here. All funds donated to the Friends of The Daily Texan go directly to scholarships for Texan staffers, photo and video and other equipment purchases, training, travel and other needs of The Texan. The Friends group is a 501 3c organization and donations are tax deductible.

By John McConnico