Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

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The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award was created to honor the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014), who was killed while reporting on elections in Afghanistan. With this Award, the IWMF celebrates the courage of women photojournalists who tell vital stories from countries and communities around the world through pictures.

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 life and work honor the legacy Anja Niedringhaus. The Awards event will be held in a different city each year: the inaugural event in 2015 was held in Berlin, in Anja’s home country of Germany. The 2016 Award Ceremony was held on June 9th at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.


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“I could have stayed out of trouble most of my life but always have been drawn to the people who suffer in difficult situations. The real difficulties and the real courage belong to those who are subjected against their will to conflicts.”


– Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014), 2005 Courage in Journalism Award
  • Anja Award- Heidi The Legacy of Anja Niedringhaus Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014) dedicated her life to documenting conflict and its impact on the people of war-torn regions. Niedringhaus was killed in Afghanistan in 2014.

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  • 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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  • Award JuryGuzy-THN
    The Award jury choses the winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Award. The inaugural jury included Corinne Dufka (Human Rights Watch, 1997 IWMF Courage Award), Carol Guzy (photographer), Santiago Lyon (Associated Press), Michele McNally (New York Times), Bryan Monroe (IWMF Board of Directors), and Kira Pollack (TIME).


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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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  • Anja Award- Heidi Courage in Photojournalism Awardees The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award recognizes women photojournalists whose work reflect the courage and dedication of Anja Niedringhaus. In 2015, Heidi Levine was awarded the inaugural Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award.

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  • AnjasCourage Nominate
    The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award recognizes women photojournalists whose work reflect the courage and dedication of Anja Niedringhaus. Self and third party nominations will be accepted.

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