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2020 IWMF Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

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  • Anja Niedringhaus' approach to photojournalism was best said herself, “I do my job simply to report people’s courage with my camera and with my heart.”

  • 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 a generous $1 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. With this Award, the IWMF celebrates the courageous work of women photojournalists like Anja who inspire us to take action and better understand the world. This courageous work manifests in many different forms which may include but is not limited to conflict or frontline reporting. Past winners included Heidi Levine, Adriane Ohanesian, Stephanie Sinclair, Andrea Bruce, and Eloisa Lopez.

    Recipients of the Courage in Photojournalism Award will receive a cash prize of $20,000 and have their work showcased in Washington, DC. The IWMF will accept applications and third-party nominations in English, French, Chinese or Spanish until March 1, 2020. Please read the eligibility criteria and nomination guidelines, listed below, carefully before submitting a nomination. Entrants must be full-time women photojournalists of any nationality.

Applications are not accepted based on length of work or engagement in conflict areas. No matter your level of experience, you have a story to tell; if you are dedicated to your work in journalism and passionate about your content, apply!

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Accepting submissions: January 22 to March 1, 2020


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Graham Letorney

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Scott Thode
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Jin Ding
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Adriane Ohanesian

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Eman Mohammed
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Robert Nickelsberg
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Santiago Lyon
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Tara Pixley

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Corinne Dufka
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Jacqueline Larma
U.S. Regional Photo Editor/East
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Elke Niedringhaus-Haasper
Advisory Committee
Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Elke Niedringhaus-Haasper is the eldest sister of Anja Niedringhaus. She is currently working as an arts and culture journalist for a German newspaper. Niedringhaus-Haasper says that Anja had generosity unlike any other. “Anja looked at her... read on

Heide Ute Niedringhaus-Schulz
Advisory Committee
Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

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