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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. A native of Germany, she began full-time work as a photojournalist in 1990 when she joined the European Pressphoto Agency (EPA). One of her first assignments was covering the war in the Balkans where journalists were regularly targeted by Bosnian Serb forces. In 2002, Niedringhaus began working for the AP as a traveling photographer. She primarily covered the Middle East, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. For her compassion and commitment to capture the whole picture, the IWMF recognized her with the 2005 Courage in Journalism Award.

Niedringhaus died on April 4, 2014, when an Afghan policeman opened fire while she was sitting in a car with AP reporter Kathy Gannon in eastern Afghanistan.

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“Anja represented the best of photojournalism. By creating this award, we ensure her spirit lives on. Anja’s voice may be silenced but our hope is that other voices who share her commitment become louder.”

– Howard G. Buffett

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    Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon set out together to document the war in Afghanistan from a different perspective – a perspective that would would lead them into the mountains of Eastern Afghanistan. Arranged by the Afghan Ministry of Defense, Niedringhaus and Gannon became the first foreign journalists to embed with the Afghan National Army.

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  • Anja Niedringhaus | 2005 Courage In Journalism Award

    AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014) who won the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award in 2005, spent her life documenting wars and the effects of conflict on people in war-torn regions. She was killed in Afghanistan in April 2014 while reporting on the distribution of ballot papers for the country’s Presidential elections.

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  • Honoring Anja Niedringhaus
    Upon learning that Anja Niedringhaus had been killed in Afghanistan, Howard G. Buffett told the IWMF: “I considered Anja a friend who represented the best of photojournalism. By creating this award, we ensure her spirit lives on. Anja’s voice may be silenced but our hope is that other voices who share her commitment become louder.”

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