Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist based in London. “For the past fifteen years, Lynsey has been on the front lines of almost every major conflict of her generation. She has been kidnapped twice while on assignment for The New York Times and has been beaten, groped, and threatened with execution. She has done remarkable credit to her profession through her skill and bravery, and her focused and unwavering dedication to telling the most vital stories of her day. She has covered most major conflicts of her generation with empathy and deep compassion for the most defenseless, who exist in the grip of war.” — Award Jury Addario regularly works for The New York Times, National Geographic, and Time Magazine. She began photographing professionally for the Buenos Aires Herald in 1996 with no previous photographic training. In the late 1990s, she began freelancing in New York City for the Associated Press, where she worked consistently for three years before moving to New Delhi, India, to cover South Asia for the Boston Globe and Houston Chronicle. In 2000, Addario first traveled to Afghanistan to document life and oppression of women living under the Taliban, and made three separate trips to the country under Taliban rule before September 11, 2001. In the past 15 years, Addario has covered every major conflict and humanitarian crises of her generation, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Darfur, Libya, Syria, Lebanon, South Sudan, and Congo.  In 2009, she was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship, and was part of the New York Times team to win the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, for her photographs in ‘Talibanistan,’ published in the The New York Times Magazine. She was the recipient of the Overseas Press Club’s Oliver Rebbot award for ‘Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad in Magazines and Books,’ for her series ‘Veiled Rebellion,’ an intimate look at the lives of Afghan Women. In 2010 she was named one of 20 women on Oprah Winfrey’s Power List, for her ‘Power of Bearing Witness,’ and one of Glamour Magazine’s 20 Women of the Year in 2011. In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Addario one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years. She recently released a New York Times Best selling memoir, “It’s What I Do,” which chronicles her personal and professional life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world. It is her first book. Addario has spent the last four years documenting the plight of Syrian refugees and internally displaced in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq for The New York Times. Her recent bodies of work include “The Displaced” for the New York Times Magazine, a portfolio of the lives of three children displaced from war in Syria, Ukraine, and South Sudan. “It is a great honor for me to be recognized in the spirit and talent of Anja Niedringhaus. She was one of the most talented, passionate, sensitive and dedicated photojournalists I have met over the years. Our work takes us to some of the world’s darkest places, and our role is to document the reality on the ground, and to get it out to the greater public. We are messengers who have the privilege of witnessing the world around us in order to educate policy makers and the public, to create a document of history, to undo prejudices, and to create awareness. I am so honored to have been nominated and selected as a finalist for the Anja Niedringhaus Award.” — Lynsey Addario

Highlights