Heidi Levine Is Awarded For Her Work in Gaza

American war photographer became the first winner of the Anja Neidringhaus Courage in photojournalism award.

On March 24th the jury of the International Women’s Media Foundation named an American photographer, Heidi Levine, as the inaugural winner of Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award.

“Her courage and commitment to the story in Gaza is unwavering. She documents tragic events under dire circumstances while displaying a depth of compassion for the people she encounters,” wrote the jury.

Levine has covered the revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Syria. She worked in Afghanistan, Georgia, and India, and also created a documentary project about the lives of female soldiers in Iraq.


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Two additional photojournalists received Honorable Mention: Ukrainian photographer Anastasia Vlasova for covering the ongoing conflict in Eastern Ukraine and American photographer Rebecca Blackwell for her work in the Central African Republic.


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The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award will be given for the first time. The award was established after Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Neidringhaus was killed last year while covering the president elections in Afghanistan. Annually, the International Women’s Media Foundation will award the $20,000 prize a woman photojournalist whose work reflects the courage and dedication of Anja Niedringhaus.

The award will be presented to Levine at a ceremony in Berlin on June 25, 2015.

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