Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award was created to honor the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer and IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014). With this Award, the IWMF celebrates the courageous work of women photojournalists like Anja. The Award recognizes the importance of visual journalistic work that inspires us to take action and compels us to better understand the world. 

Created in 2014 with a $1 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Award will be given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work reflects courage and dedication, as Anja’s does.

The Award winner will be publicly honored, have her work showcased, and receive a cash prize of $20,000.

Please read the eligibility criteria and application guidelines carefully before submitting a nomination.  

The IWMF Partners with The World Press Photo Foundation for 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award; Calls for Award Submissions

Submit an entry

The deadline to submit an entry is March 1, 2017.


The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award recognizes women photojournalists with a commitment to shining a light on important stories around the world through brave and compelling work. Please read the eligibility criteria and application guidelines carefully before proceeding to the online entry form.  Candidates for the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award must:

  • Work full-time or part-time as journalists; journalism must be a candidate’s primary vocation. Both freelance journalists and those affiliated with media organizations are eligible
  • Identify as women




  • All nominations must include candidate information, work samples, and a candidate statement.
  • The required work samples are 10 photographs that best represent the scope and style of the work.
  • Each photograph must be accompanied by a caption describing the place and situation captured.
  • Five (5) of the photos must have been taken within the past two years. The other five (5) can be taken at any time during the candidate’s career.
  • Submissions must include a 1-2 page statement. The statement must answer the following questions:
    • What stories are told through the photos?
    • Under what conditions does the candidate work?
    • How do the photographs submitted with this entry capture the candidate’s body of work?
    • How is the work inspired by the values of Anja Niedringhaus?
  • Candidate statements must be written in English.

 The Award The Award winner will be honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. in June. The Award includes a cash prize of $20,000.



“I could have stayed out of trouble most of my life but always have been drawn to the people who suffer in difficult situations,” Anja Niedringhaus told the audience when she accepted the Courage in Journalism Award at the New York ceremony in 2005.


– Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014), 2005 Courage in Journalism Award

  • Press Coverage Click below to view press coverage highlights of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. Winners have been featured in The New York Times‘s LensBlog, American Photo, Time‘s Lightbox, and Deutsche Welle.

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  • Advisory CommitteeGannon01The jury of the Anja Niedringhaus Award is supported by an Advisory Committee consisting of members of the Niedringhaus family and close friends of Anja. This committee includes Heide-Ute Niedringhaus-Schulz, Elke Niedringhaus-Haasper, Kathy Gannon, Jutta Steinhoff, Michelle Blythe, and Muhammed Muheisen.

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