On June 25, 2015, the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award will be granted in Berlin for the first time. The honour goes to Heidi Levine, a free-lance photojournalist who has made it her mission to document the daily lives of people living in conflict and crisis zones. With prize money amounting to $US 20,000, the award was created in recognition of the courage and work of Pulitzer prize-winner and AP photographer, Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014.
Following her death, the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) created the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award with financial support from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. It will be given every year to a female photojournalist whose work reflects Anja Niedringhaus's courage and commitment.
The jury has chosen the Jerusalem-based Levine as the first winner of the award, in recognition of her overwhelming and striking images. “Her fearlessness and commitment to the story of Gaza are unflagging. She documents tragic events under terrible circumstances, while also feeling great compassion for the people she meets,” the jury said to explain their decision.
Further information at: IWMF