The International Women’s Media Foundation has announced the creation of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award honoring the courage and dedication of the Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer and 2007 Nieman Fellow who was shot and killed while covering the run-up to elections in Afghanistan on April 4.
Established with a $1 million endowment gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the award will be given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work follows in Anja’s footsteps.
Niedringhaus won the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award in 2005. Her Nieman Fellowship was funded by Howard G. Buffett, a photographer himself, who commented, “I considered Anja a friend who represented the best of photojournalism. By creating this award, we ensure her spirit lives on. Anja’s voice may be silenced but our hope is that other voices who share her commitment become louder.”
- Learn about tributes paid to Anja at her funeral in Germany: AP Photographer captured humanity amid chaos.
- In Nieman Reports, see Nieman friends and colleagues remember Anja.
- Remembering Anja Niedringhaus” on Nieman Storyboard.
- In Germany’s Taz (Die Tageszeitung) newspaper, read Für jede Träne ein Lächeln, memories of Anja’s legacy put together by two of her Nieman friends, Stefanie Friedhoff, NF ’01, and Ines Pohl, NF ’05.
- Watch a video discussion about reporting risks in Afghanistan with 2014 Nieman Fellow Sangar Rahimi and ProPublica reporter Kim Barker.
- View this photo essay from the Spring 2012 Nieman Reports, in which Anja, who had worked on the frontlines of many major conflicts over the past two decades, reflects on work from her 2012 book “At War.”