A photo isn’t just worth a thousand words, it tells a thousand stories. The people behind the lens, the people in front of it, and the events that lead up to them are often equally as interesting and moving as the photo itself.

When it comes to good photos and their awards, the Pulitzer Prize is among the most elite.

Some of the most famous photos in history have a Pulitzer Award and the stories behind them explain why.

Let’s look through some of them.