Photographer Andrea Bruce has won the 2018 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award, the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) announced on Saturday. The award comes with a $20,000 prize. Two other photographers—Amber Bracken and Rebecca Conway—won honorable mentions.
Chosen from 136 nominees, Bruce won for her work focusing on people living in the aftermath of war, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan, the IWMF said in its announcement. “Andrea was selected for her empathy, her emotional connection with subject, and for the dignity that shines through in her portfolio, which also includes images from Syria, Russia, Bahrain, India and Haiti,” the IWMF said.
Bruce recently won a $30,000 Catchlight Fellowship for her current work about democracy in the U.S.
Bracken was recognized for her work documenting the 2016 protests initiated by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against the Dakota Access Pipeline. Conway, who is now a photo editor for Agence France-Presse, was recognized for her work documenting the conflict in Kashmir.
The Anja Niedringhaus Award recognizes women journalists who “document crucial stories in challenging environments,” the IWMF says. It was created to honor the life and work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed in 2014 while covering elections in Afghanistan.
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