Picture credit: ©AFP/ Javier Manzano

Javier Manzano, a freelance for Agence France-Presse, was awarded the $10,000 honour for a photo he took as part of a series in Aleppo, last October.

The citation described Manzano’s image as ‘an extraordinary picture… of two Syrian rebel soldiers tensely guarding their position as beams of light stream through bullet holes in a nearby metal wall’.

Manzano, who was born in Mexico and is currently based in Turkey, has also covered conflicts in Mexico and Afghanistan.

The Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography was also awarded for coverage of the troubles in Syria.

The honour went to Rodrigo Abd, Manu Brabo, Narciso Contreras, Khalil Hamra and Muhammed Muheisen of the Associated Press.

Manzano also works as a video journalist for newspapers, TV and digital media.