Images of Hurricane Ike, and other lethal storms that led to a humanitarian disaster in Haiti, have won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.

Patrick Farrell, who works for The Miami Herald won the award for pictures described as ‘provocative’ and ‘impeccably composed’.

The 49-year-old said he first discovered photography when he was 13, converting his parent’s home into a darkroom.

Commenting on Farrell’s many assignments to Haiti during 2008, Pulitzer organisers said: ‘He was there the night Hurricane Ike – the fourth storm to hit Haiti in a month – re-flooded the overwhelmed country, swallowing homes and lives. In all, more than 800 Hatians died and more than one million were left homeless by the unrelenting series of storms.’

To see Farrell’s winning images click HERE

Meanwhile, New York Times photographer Damon Winter won this year’s Pulitzer for Feature Photography with a ‘memorable array of pictures deftly capturing multiple facets of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign’. His work can be viewed HERE