Heidi Levine


Winner – 2015 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award |

Heidi Levine is an American freelance photojournalist based in Jerusalem. She has worked as a professional photojournalist since 1983, starting as a staffer with the Associated Press in Israel, then with French photo agency Sipa Press in 1993.

Over the course of her photojournalism career, Levine has covered the most critical moments in the Middle East including the revolutions in Egypt and Libya, the crisis in Syria, the Israel-Lebanon war, and the numerous conflicts in the Gaza Strip.

“Living in the region and raising her three children, Heidi Levine experiences the story on both a professional and very personal level, facing the same dangers as her subjects in a war zone, with rocket fire and air strikes a consistent reminder. Unlike many journalists who can cover a story and get on a plane to the safety of their own homeland, she is an integral part of the community and has shown profound concern for people, even moving her Palestinian assistant days before their home was reduced to rubble and putting down the camera to hug an anguished mother. Her passion for bearing witness over three decades is evident, even as her heart endures the loss of friends and colleagues to the conflicts.”

Her other assignments have included documenting the harrowing practice of female feticide in India for the Sunday Times Magazine, the plight of Iraqi refugees living in Jordan, Syria and Sweden and the present exodus of refugees fleeing from war-torn Syria. In 2003, she covered the U.S. invasion in Iraq and in 2006, she embedded with U.S. troops, focusing on the lives of female soldiers. She has also worked in Afghanistan and Georgia.

Levine’s photographs have appeared in numerous international publications, including Time, Stern, Focus, The Sunday Times Magazine, Paris Match, L’Express, Newsweek, Forbes Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, and Amnesty International.

She has won a myriad of awards for her photographs of conflicts, among them the Silver Award in the video/multimedia feature category at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards, an honorable mention at NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism for the International News Picture Story, and an Emmy nomination in 2012.

Levine holds an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication.

 
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Heidi Levine’s Award-Winning Portfolio

Warning: Images contain violent content


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Women mourn during the funeral of the boys killed by an Israeli naval bombardment in the port of Gaza, Gaza City, July 16, 2014. Four boys died instantly during an Israeli naval bombardment in the port of Gaza, a fifth boy died shortly after the attack in hospital. Israel stepped up its attacks on July 16 by bombing the homes of Hamas leaders after the Islamist movement rejected a truce proposal and instead launched dozens more rockets into Israel.
 
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Hidya Atash stands on the top floor of her home as she overlooks the destruction in Shujayea at dawn Aug. 8, 2014. Her family’s home was hit two weeks ago by a warning rocket and the family of 40 people fled. When they returned during the recent cease-fire, they discovered their home was heavily damaged during the fighting.
 
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Palestinians collect religious books in the rubble of the Al-Qassam mosque in Nuseirat camp located in the middle of the Gaza Strip, July 9, 2014. Israeli warplanes carried out 30 air strikes over Gaza on Saturday.
 
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Palestinian men run with a white flag in the Shejaia neighborhood, which was heavily shelled by Israel during fighting, in Gaza City, July 20, 2014. At least 50 Palestinians were killed on Sunday by Israeli shelling in the Gaza neighborhood, and thousands fled for shelter to a hospital packed with wounded, while bodies were unable to be recovered for hours until a brief cease-fire was implemented.
 
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Family members surround and pray over the bodies of Palestinian brothers Amir Mustafa Arief, 15, and Mohamed Arief, 12, during their funeral at a mosque in the Shejaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, July 9, 2014. The two teens were killed together, near their home in Shejaiya, allegedly by an Israeli military drone strike.
 
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Wounded Palestinian Rawya abu Jom’a, 17 years old, lays in a hospital bed at the Al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City July 22, 2014. Rawya was seriously injured when two Israeli air strikes hit her family’s apartment. Three of her cousins and her sister were killed in the attack. She is suffering from shrapnel in her face, her legs have perforated holes in them and her bones were crushed in her right hand. The Palestinian doctors in Gaza say the wounds children have suffered have been severe, with head injuries, severed limbs and crushed bodies, a common result of entire houses crashing down on top of them.
 
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