Bricthone Tabeline, 11, and Isadora Joseph, 10, study on the foundation of their home, which was destroyed during Hurricane Matthew, on Nov. 16, 2016. Only the door frame remains. They live in a quickly built shack behind their home’s foundation. (Andrea Bruce)

In April 2014, Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was killed by a police officer in Afghanistan’s Khost province. And for the past four years, Niedringhaus’s dedication and legacy — one that includes a Pulitzer Prize for photography — lives on through the Courage in Photojournalism Award, organized by the International Women’s Media Foundation and named after her.

This year, the award, which comes with a $20,000 cash prize, went to Andrea Bruce, a former Washington Post staff photographer. “I looked up to Anja,” Bruce told In Sight ahead of Thursday’s announcement. “She was courageous and smart, but also grounded and kind. She cared. As one of the few women covering conflict, she showed me how it can be done.”

“Now, receiving this award, I hope I can continue to encourage other photographers, especially women, to stay in this profession with Anja’s sense of purpose,” she added.

Bruce’s work focuses on the people living in the aftermath of war, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Andrea was selected for her empathy, her emotional connection with subjects, and for the dignity that shines through in her portfolio, which also includes images from Syria, Russia, Bahrain, India and Haiti,” the IWMF said in a statement. Juror Eman Mohammed added that Bruce “was always inspiring others within the field to step up and inspiring young female photographers.”

Bruce was chosen from among 136 nominations, the highest number since the program began. Photographers Amber Bracken and Rebecca Conway received honorable mentions.


Halla Hameed receives a kiss from her son Iaad Hameed, 4, while her 2-year-old drinks from a bottle in Baghdad on Sept. 2, 2003. (Andrea Bruce)

Fritznel Xavier, 15, receives a re-hydration IV at a cholera treatment center in Jeremie, Haiti, one of the cities hit hardest by a cholera epidemic, on Nov. 18, 2016. (Andrea Bruce)

People displaced by Hurricane Matthew take refuge in a public school in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Nov. 15, 2016. (Andrea Bruce)

Rose Dena, 85, attempts to clean what is left of her home in the mountains of southern Haiti weeks after Hurricane Matthew on Nov. 15, 2016. (Andrea Bruce)

In the Syrian province of Latakia, a village mourns the loss of a son on Sept. 30, 2013. The lieutenant, killed in an ambush at the other end of the country, was the first soldier to fall from this village of 125 people. (Andrea Bruce)

Ayat walks along mountain roads in the southern Russian region of Dagestan on June 25, 2011. (Andrea Bruce)

The Elise Adventure Morija Church was swept away during Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The parishioners hold services on the foundation of the church, under a tent, on Nov. 19, 2016. (Andrea Bruce)

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