The Award celebrates the courage of women photojournalists who risk their lives documenting conflict and war while capturing moments of humanity.
Their work and perspective are essential, they inspire us to take action and compel us to better understand the world.
The IWMF named freelance photographer Heidi Levine as the winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. Heidi an American photojournalist made her career of working in conflict and post-conflict areas, covereing critical moments in the Middle East, revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Syria, Iraqi refugees living in Jordan, Syria. Heidi camped out for a month with U.S. troops in Iraq focuseing on the lives of female soldiers.
“Living in the region and raising her three children, Heidi Levine experiences the story on both a professional and very personal level, facing the same dangers as her subjects in a war zone, with rocket fire and air strikes a consistent reminder. Unlike many journalists who can cover a story and get on a plane to the safety of their own homeland, she is an integral part of the community and has shown profound concern for people, even moving her Palestinian assistant days before their home was reduced to rubble and putting down the camera to hug an anguished mother. Her passion for bearing witness over three decades is evident, even as her heart endures the loss of friends and colleagues to the conflicts.” — Award Jury