Stephanie Sinclair, a National Geographic photographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, has won the $20,000 2017 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). The prize, made possible by the Howard G. Buffet foundation, will be used to support Sinclair’s ongoing work, which includes projects focused on human rights and gender issues around the world.
Polish-Greek photographer Louisa Gouliamaki and American photographer Nicole Tung received honorable mentions. Gouliamaki, who is based in Athens, Greece, has covered the European refugee crisis and the revolution in Ukraine. Tung was recognized for her work documenting the conflict in Syria, Libya and Iraq.
The award, now in its third year, is named after photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed while reporting in Afghanistan in 2014. It is meant to “celebrate women photographers whose work demonstrates bravery, dedication and skill, while reporting the news through images,” according to IWMF.
Judges include leading photojournalists and photo editors from agencies such as The Associated Press, Time and World Press Photo Foundation. A reception will be hosted on June 8 at the German Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Says Sinclair of the prize, “Not only will this award support my continued work, but I am grateful for the awareness such a high profile honor will bring to the stories I shared in my application.” One such story includes “Too Young to Wed,” which documents the impact of child marriage in places such as India and Nepal. (Sinclair also founded a nonprofit in the same name.)
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