American photojournalist Adriane Ohanesian is the recipient of the 2016 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) announced today. The $20,000 award, which “celebrates the courage of women photojournalists who tell vital stories from countries and communities around the world through pictures,” is given in honor of Anja Niedringhaus, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer who was killed while covering the elections in Afghanistan in 2014.
Ohanesian, a freelance photographer who is based in Nairobi, Kenya, has documented civil war in South Sudan and conflicts in Darfur and Somalia, among other stories. Earlier this year, Ohanesian won a World Press Photo Award for her photograph of a boy in Darfur who was badly burned when a bomb landed next to his family home in rebel-held territory.
The jury for the Niedringhaus Award praised Ohanesian’s “evocative images and tenacious dedication to documenting the effect of conflict on citizens in perilous regions,” according to a statement. “Her perceptive, compassionate eye offers an extraordinarily personal glimpse into places the global community may not otherwise see.”
Jurors for the award included Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Carol Guzy; AP director of photography Santiago Lyon; New York Times director of photography and assistant managing editor Michele McNally; journalist and former editor of CNNPolitics.com Bryan Monroe; and photojournalist and VII photo agency co-founder Ron Haviv.
Lynsey Addario and Paula Bronstein received honorable mentions. All three photographers will be honored at a reception in Washington, D.C. on June 9th, hosted by the German Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Wittig and Mrs. Huberta von Voss-Wittig.
The IWMF established the annual Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, now in its second year, with funding from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation. American photojournalist Heidi Levine won the 2015 award.
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