Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Oded Balilty is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Israeli photographer. Born and raised in Jerusalem, he began his career as a photographer for the Israeli army magazine Bamahane. In 2002, at the height of the second Palestinian uprising, Balilty joined the Associated Press.

In 2007, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his photograph of a lone Jewish settler confronting Israeli security officers during the evacuation of a West Bank settlement outpost. He is the only Israeli photographer to have won a Pulitzer. From 2007-2008, he was based in Beijing for AP.

Balilty lives in Tel Aviv and photographs current events and documentary features for AP in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, and around the world. In addition to his photojournalism, his fine art photography has been exhibited in galleries in Europe and Israel. (AP)

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<p>A Jewish settler struggles with an Israeli security officer during clashes that erupted as authorities evacuated the West Bank settlement outpost of Amona, east of the Palestinian town of Ramallah, on Feb. 1, 2006. Oded Balilty of the Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for this image. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

A Jewish settler struggles with an Israeli security officer during clashes that erupted as authorities evacuated the West Bank settlement outpost of Amona, east of the Palestinian town of Ramallah, on Feb. 1, 2006. Oded Balilty of the Associated Press won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for this image. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Chinese paramilitary police officers stand next to the National Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics on Aug. 8, 2008. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Chinese paramilitary police officers stand next to the National Olympic Stadium, also known as the Bird’s Nest, during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics on Aug. 8, 2008. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>A Palestinian demonstrator stands on a burned-out car during clashes with Israeli troops following a demonstration to mark the 63rd anniversary of “Nakba” — Arabic for “Catastrophe”— in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh, May 15, 2011. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

A Palestinian demonstrator stands on a burned-out car during clashes with Israeli troops following a demonstration to mark the 63rd anniversary of “Nakba” — Arabic for “Catastrophe”— in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh, May 15, 2011. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for the traditional Jewish wedding of Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, the great-grandson of the rabbi of the Wiznitz Hasidic followers, in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Feb. 14, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for the traditional Jewish wedding of Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, the great-grandson of the rabbi of the Wiznitz Hasidic followers, in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Feb. 14, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for the traditional Jewish wedding for Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, the great-grandson of the rabbi of the Wiznitz Hasidic followers, in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Feb. 14, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather for the traditional Jewish wedding for Chananya Yom Tov Lipa, the great-grandson of the rabbi of the Wiznitz Hasidic followers, in the Israeli town of Petah Tikva near Tel Aviv, Israel, on Feb. 14, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Masked Palestinians clash with Israeli troops as they mark the “Land Day” in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh on March 30, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Masked Palestinians clash with Israeli troops as they mark the “Land Day” in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiyeh on March 30, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Wiznitz Hasidim celebrate the Jewish feast Tu Bishvat or Tree New Year as they sit with their rabbis at a long table filled with fruits in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Feb. 8, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Wiznitz Hasidim celebrate the Jewish feast Tu Bishvat or Tree New Year as they sit with their rabbis at a long table filled with fruits in the ultra-Orthodox town of Bnei Brak near Tel Aviv, Israel, Feb. 8, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>A young Israeli boxer jumps rope ahead of the Israel’s National Youth Boxing Championship at a boxing club in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Feb. 28, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

A young Israeli boxer jumps rope ahead of the Israel’s National Youth Boxing Championship at a boxing club in the southern Israeli town of Sderot on Feb. 28, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, leader of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz in Israel, in Bnei Brak, an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish town near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 14, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Ultra-Orthodox Jews attend the funeral of Rabbi Moshe Yehoshua Hager, leader of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz in Israel, in Bnei Brak, an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish town near Tel Aviv, Israel, March 14, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jews stand next to bonfires during Lag Ba’Omer celebrations to commemorate the end of a plague said to have decimated Jews in Roman times, in Bnei Brak, Israel, May 9, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Ultra-Orthodox Jews stand next to bonfires during Lag Ba’Omer celebrations to commemorate the end of a plague said to have decimated Jews in Roman times, in Bnei Brak, Israel, May 9, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>A Palestinian stone thrower — wrapped in a Palestinian flag and masked in a kaffiyeh to conceal his identity — poses for a portrait in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah on June 13, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

A Palestinian stone thrower — wrapped in a Palestinian flag and masked in a kaffiyeh to conceal his identity — poses for a portrait in the West Bank village of Bilin, near Ramallah on June 13, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray as they gather for the mourning ritual of Tisha B’Av at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 29, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men pray as they gather for the mourning ritual of Tisha B’Av at the Western Wall, the holiest site where Jews can pray, in Jerusalem’s Old City, July 29, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is seen through a net during Siyum Ha’Shas, a celebration marking the completion of the learning cycle of the Babylonian Talmud — a collection of oral Jewish laws and traditions passed down from generation to generation — in Jerusalem, July 31, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is seen through a net during Siyum Ha’Shas, a celebration marking the completion of the learning cycle of the Babylonian Talmud — a collection of oral Jewish laws and traditions passed down from generation to generation — in Jerusalem, July 31, 2012. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>An employee of the Mizra pork factory poses with a pig’s head in a refrigerated warehouse in Kibbutz Mizra, northern Israel, on Dec. 6, 2012. The million-strong Soviet immigrant community has increased customer demand for pork in the country, a non-kosher food rarely eaten by Israeli Jews. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

An employee of the Mizra pork factory poses with a pig’s head in a refrigerated warehouse in Kibbutz Mizra, northern Israel, on Dec. 6, 2012. The million-strong Soviet immigrant community has increased customer demand for pork in the country, a non-kosher food rarely eaten by Israeli Jews. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Natalia Lerner, who immigrated to Israel in 1991 from the city of Tyumen in Siberia, presents her cat to the judges of a cat competition in the central Israeli city of Holon, June 14, 2012. Cats are prominent in Russian culture, and most members of Israeli cat societies are immigrants from the former Soviet Union. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Natalia Lerner, who immigrated to Israel in 1991 from the city of Tyumen in Siberia, presents her cat to the judges of a cat competition in the central Israeli city of Holon, June 14, 2012. Cats are prominent in Russian culture, and most members of Israeli cat societies are immigrants from the former Soviet Union. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Sept. 12, 2013. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Sept. 12, 2013. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather to watch the funeral procession of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in Jerusalem, Oct. 7, 2013. Rabbi Yosef was a spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardic Jews. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Ultra-Orthodox Jews gather to watch the funeral procession of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef in Jerusalem, Oct. 7, 2013. Rabbi Yosef was a spiritual leader of Israel’s Sephardic Jews. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Palestinian women enjoy the Mediterranean sea during the Eid al-Fitr holiday in Tel Aviv, Israel, Aug. 10, 2013. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Palestinian women enjoy the Mediterranean sea during the Eid al-Fitr holiday in Tel Aviv, Israel, Aug. 10, 2013. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Druse women walk down the stairs during a rally demanding the return of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in 1967, close to the Syrian border in Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, Feb. 14, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Druse women walk down the stairs during a rally demanding the return of the Golan Heights, captured by Israel in 1967, close to the Syrian border in Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, Feb. 14, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>African migrants stand inside Holot detention center as others protest outside it near Ktsiot the Negev Desert in southern Israel, Feb. 17, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

African migrants stand inside Holot detention center as others protest outside it near Ktsiot the Negev Desert in southern Israel, Feb. 17, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man watches from a balcony as hundreds of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews rally in a massive show of force against plans to force them to serve in the Israeli military, blocking roads and paralyzing the city of Jerusalem, March 2, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man watches from a balcony as hundreds of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews rally in a massive show of force against plans to force them to serve in the Israeli military, blocking roads and paralyzing the city of Jerusalem, March 2, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Israeli soldiers rest in a bus station near the southern Israeli town of Sderot, next to the Israeli Gaza border, Aug. 27, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Israeli soldiers rest in a bus station near the southern Israeli town of Sderot, next to the Israeli Gaza border, Aug. 27, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>An African migrant covers his mouth with tape during a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy, demanding asylum and work rights from the Israeli government in Tel Aviv, Israel, Jan. 22, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

An African migrant covers his mouth with tape during a protest in front of the U.S. Embassy, demanding asylum and work rights from the Israeli government in Tel Aviv, Israel, Jan. 22, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Oct. 2, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Hassidic sect Vizhnitz gather on a hill overlooking the Mediterranean sea as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony in Herzeliya, Israel, Oct. 2, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>A flock of migrating starlings flies over the southern Israeli village of Tidhar, Feb. 12, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

A flock of migrating starlings flies over the southern Israeli village of Tidhar, Feb. 12, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>African migrants cover themselves with blankets in the cold during a protest demanding asylum and work rights from the Israeli government in Tel Aviv, Israel, Feb. 3, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

African migrants cover themselves with blankets in the cold during a protest demanding asylum and work rights from the Israeli government in Tel Aviv, Israel, Feb. 3, 2014. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>A veterinary technician feeds a horse at the Hebrew University’s Koret School of Veterinary Medicine in Rishon Lezion, Israel, on Dec. 7, 2015. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

A veterinary technician feeds a horse at the Hebrew University’s Koret School of Veterinary Medicine in Rishon Lezion, Israel, on Dec. 7, 2015. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Israeli and Russian members of knight clubs wearing medieval costumes eat dinner two nights before marching 27 kilometers (17 miles) to the reenactment of the Battle of Hattin from the ancient Israeli city of Zippori to Horns of Hattin, northern Israel, July 2, 2015. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Israeli and Russian members of knight clubs wearing medieval costumes eat dinner two nights before marching 27 kilometers (17 miles) to the reenactment of the Battle of Hattin from the ancient Israeli city of Zippori to Horns of Hattin, northern Israel, July 2, 2015. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Kids play on man-made sand hill to block high waves ahead of the upcoming storm in Tel Aviv’s beach front, Israel, Jan. 6, 2015. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Kids play on man-made sand hill to block high waves ahead of the upcoming storm in Tel Aviv’s beach front, Israel, Jan. 6, 2015. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Israeli members of knights club, a historical reenactment group, wear medieval costumes as they eat breakfast at their camp before marching 10 kilometers at the Judaea desert between Jerusalem and the West Bank town of Jericho, March 11, 2016. Some 20 history buffs took part in the three-day experience modeled on medieval life between the 12th and 14th century. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Israeli members of knights club, a historical reenactment group, wear medieval costumes as they eat breakfast at their camp before marching 10 kilometers at the Judaea desert between Jerusalem and the West Bank town of Jericho, March 11, 2016. Some 20 history buffs took part in the three-day experience modeled on medieval life between the 12th and 14th century. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony commemorating fallen soldiers at the military cemetery at Mount Hertzl in Jerusalem, May 10, 2016. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Israeli scouts light torches during a Memorial Day ceremony commemorating fallen soldiers at the military cemetery at Mount Hertzl in Jerusalem, May 10, 2016. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Kids play on man-made sand hill to block high waves ahead of the upcoming storm in Tel Aviv’s beach front, Israel, Jan. 6, 2015. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Kids play on man-made sand hill to block high waves ahead of the upcoming storm in Tel Aviv’s beach front, Israel, Jan. 6, 2015. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Israeli Arabs stand under a waterfall during the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the Gan HaShlosha national park near the northern Israeli Town of Beit Shean, July 8, 2016. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Israeli Arabs stand under a waterfall during the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the Gan HaShlosha national park near the northern Israeli Town of Beit Shean, July 8, 2016. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Descendants of Australian Mounted Division and ANZAC ((Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division) Mounted Division soldiers practice their riding skills ahead of the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba, when British and ANZAC forces captured Beersheba from the Ottoman Empire during the World War I, in Eshkol National Park near the Gaza border, Oct. 27, 2017. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Descendants of Australian Mounted Division and ANZAC ((Australian and New Zealand Mounted Division) Mounted Division soldiers practice their riding skills ahead of the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba, when British and ANZAC forces captured Beersheba from the Ottoman Empire during the World War I, in Eshkol National Park near the Gaza border, Oct. 27, 2017. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>Paratroopers drop into the Mediterranean Sea before an air show during Independence Day celebrations marking 70 years since the founding of the state in 1948, in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 19, 2018. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

Paratroopers drop into the Mediterranean Sea before an air show during Independence Day celebrations marking 70 years since the founding of the state in 1948, in Tel Aviv, Israel, April 19, 2018. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

<p>An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth covers his head with plastic wrap during the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba’Omer in Bnei Brak, Israel, May 2, 2018. The holiday marks the end of a plague said to have decimated Jews during the Roman times. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP) </p>
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Oded Balilty

An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth covers his head with plastic wrap during the Jewish holiday of Lag Ba’Omer in Bnei Brak, Israel, May 2, 2018. The holiday marks the end of a plague said to have decimated Jews during the Roman times. (Photo: Oded Balilty/AP)

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