Honoree Exhibition

2024 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards

In its tenth year, the IWMF’s Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award recognizes women photojournalists who exhibit extraordinary courage and humanity in reporting from areas of instability, oppression, and conflict. The award was created in honor of German Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014. This year’s winner is Palestinian journalist Samar Abu Elouf; British Swedish photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind and Egyptian Canadian photojournalist Nariman El Mofty are also honored.

Samar Abu Elouf | Anastasia Taylor-Lind | Nariman El Mofty

Samar Abu Elouf | Palestine

Abu Elouf’s winning portfolio – and the bulk of her photojournalism – features reporting on war and its effect on women and children. Previously based in Gaza City, Abu Elouf puts herself at the center of danger to chronicle how conflict, loss, and need affect people in her own community. Late last year, Abu Elouf was forced to evacuate her home after it was partially destroyed. Her winning portfolio, ‘Gaza Under Attack,’ includes a series of 12 images commissioned by and featured in The New York Times.

An award-winning journalist, Abu Elouf covers events where she lives, including stories about gender, women’s and children’s lives, and the consequences of war. Since 2010, she has worked as a freelance photojournalist on assignment for Reuters, The New York Times, and other news outlets.

Previously, Abu Elouf documented the 2018–2019 Gaza border protests, also known as the Great March of Return. She also worked with ZUMA Press to cover stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and news agencies. In May 2021, on assignment for The New York Times, she covered the 11 days of fighting between Israel and Hamas that destroyed essential infrastructure and killed more than 230 people, including several of her own relatives.

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  1. Deir Al Balah, Gaza Strip · Palestine · 2023 – Barefoot and weeping, Khaled Joudeh, 9, hurried toward the dozens of bodies wrapped in white burial shrouds, blankets and rugs outside the overcrowded morgue. “Where’s my mom?” he cried. “I want to see my mom.” “Where is Khalil?” he continued, barely audible between sobs as he asked for his 12-year-old brother. A morgue worker opened a white shroud, so Khaled could kiss his brother one final time. Then, he bid farewell to his 8-month-old sister. Another shroud was pulled back, revealing the blood-caked face of a baby, her strawberry-red hair matted down. Khaled broke into fresh sobs as he identified her to the hospital staff. Her name was Misk, Arabic for musk. “Mama was so happy when she had you,” he whispered, gently touching her forehead, tears streaming down his face onto hers. A total of 68 members of the Joudeh family were killed that day as they slept in their beds in Deir al Balah, in central Gaza, three of Khaled’s relatives recounted in separate interviews.
  2. Gaza City · Palestine · 2023 – Palestinian children playing in the courtyard of a school run by the U.N. paused to look skyward at the sound of airstrikes. Their families had come their earlier in the day seeking safety. Israel launched an intense bombing campaign in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for the Hamas assault.
  3. Khan Younis, Gaza · Palestine · 2023 – A father carries the body of his child in a funeral procession for children killed in airstrikes on the city of Khan Younis on October 19.

Anastasia Taylor-Lind | U.K., Sweden

Anastasia Taylor-Lind is a British Swedish photojournalist with a 20-year career working for the world’s leading magazines on long-form stories relating to women, war, and environment. In 2023, Taylor-Lind received the Canon Female Photojournalist Award for her project ‘5k from the Frontline,’ and became a National Geographic Society Explorer in support of this ongoing reporting in Ukraine.

For the past decade, Taylor-Lind has collaborated with Alisa Sopova, a journalist and anthropologist from Donetsk, Ukraine. Their work has been published in TIME Magazine, The New York Times, and NPR, among other outlets. In 2023, more than 100,000 visitors experienced Taylor-Lind and Sopova’s exhibition, ‘Ukraine; Photographs from the Frontline,’ at the Imperial War Museum in the United Kingdom. An exhibition of their work also recently debuted at Harvard University’s Davis Center.

Taylor-Lind is a 2014 TED fellow, a 2016 Nieman fellow at Harvard University, and a 2017 non-fiction writing fellow at The Carey Institute for Global Good. Her first photographic monograph, ‘Maidan – Portraits from the Black Square,’ about the 2014 revolution in Ukraine, was published the same year by GOST books. Taylor-Lind’s debut poetry collection, ‘One Language,’ was published by Smith|Doorstep in 2022.

Taylor-Lind is also a Visiting Professor of Photography at the University of Suffolk.

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  1. 5K from the Frontline, Donbas · Ukraine · 2019 – Anna Dedova, 75, at the grave of her son who was killed by unexploded ordnance near his home. This visit was a rare occasion for people to visit the graves of their loved ones, as the graveyard, in Opytne, was largely inaccessible due to landmines. July 2019. Opytne, a suburban village that used to be home to about 1,500 people, sits between Avdiivka and Donetsk. After 2014, it ended up in the gray zone — a space between front lines which no side controls but both use as a battlefield — effectively cut off from the rest of the world. For eight years, residents lived without electricity, water, gas, heat, groceries or access to health care. The only way to get in and out was by a mud road through the minefield. 5K from the Frontline- Donbas, Ukraine. Anastasia Taylor-Lind.
  2. 5K from the Frontline, Donbas · Ukraine · 2019 – Tatiana Batskalyova cares for her 90-year old mother-in-law, Lira in 2019. Both women fled their house in Opytne, in the gray zone between Avdiivka and Donetsk, which was destroyed by shelling. In 2019, they live in an apartment in Avdiivka that was also heavily damaged by shelling and then renovated by the family. Tatiana had been unsuccessful in receiving compensation for the war-damage from the state. By the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine Lira had died and Tatiana was forced to flee again. 5K from the Frontline- Donbas, Ukraine. Anastasia Taylor-Lind.
  3. 5K from the Frontline, Donbas · Ukraine · 2022 – Svitlana smokes out the window at her home in Sloviansk after returning home from displacement further west. June 2022. 5K from the Frontline- Donbas, Ukraine. Anastasia Taylor-Lind.

Nariman El Mofty | Egypt, Canada

After years photo editing and photographing for the Associated Press (AP) Middle East photo desk, Nariman El Mofty – an honoree this year – is now working as a freelance photojournalist.

In 2019, El Mofty received the Overseas Press Club’s Olivier Rebbot Award for her Yemen photo reportage, ‘Yemen on the Edge’. That same year, she received a citation of excellence within the OPC’s Hal Boyle Award – together with Maggie Michael and Maad al-Zikry from the AP – recognizing, ‘Yemen’s Dirty Way.’ In 2020, El Mofty received OPC’s Hal Boyle Award for ‘Outsourcing Migrants’ as a member of the AP reporting team recognized for the best newspaper, news service or digital reporting from abroad.

In addition, El Mofty was awarded two Robert Capa citations: the first, in 2019, for ‘Disembarking in Hell,’ which chronicled the perilous journey of Ethiopian migrants, and the second, in 2020, for reporting on Tigray refugees at the Sudanese-Ethiopian border. The latter work was also exhibited in the International Festival of Photojournalism 2021, ‘Visa pour l’image,’ in Perpignan.

Most recently El-Mofty was a member of the AP team covering Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for its visual coverage of the horrors of the Russia-Ukraine war since the start of the war in February 2022.

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  1. Yemen Starvation, Aden · Yemen · 2018 – 25 year-old mother Azizah Rageh, who weighs 38 kilograms (84 pounds), severely undernourished and nearly into the second trimester of her pregnancy, reveals her collarbones to be photographed, at the Aden Hospital, in Yemen, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
  2. Yemen Child Soldiers, Marib · Yemen · 2018 – 12 year-old Kahlan Saleh Amer, a former child soldier, demonstrates how to use a rifle, at a camp for displaced persons where he took shelter with his family, in Marib, Yemen, July 27, 2018. Kahlan said Houthi militiamen drove him and 10 of his classmates away in a pickup truck, telling them they were being taken to a place where they would get new school bags. It was a lie. Instead, still in their school uniforms, they found themselves inside a training camp getting instructions on how to hide from airstrikes. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
  3. Aftermath Psychological Shock Russia Ukraine War, Kramatorsk · Ukraine · 2022 – Sixty-six-year-old Volodymyr, injured from a strike, sits on a chair in shock drenched in his blood, inside his damaged apartment, in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, July 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

The 2024 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Awards are made possible by:

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