Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The 2015 Anja Niedringhaus Award for Courage in Photojournalism goes to Heidi Levine

Heidi Levine has been awarded the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism award for her coverag of last summer's Gaza war.

From James Estrin's article in the NYT (with additional photographs):

Ms. Levine has covered conflict in the Middle East for 30 years, working in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Libya, although she has devoted most of her time to covering often-violent news in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Throughout, she has risked her life, and had “many close calls,” even as she raised three children who are now in their mid-20s.
“It’s like a calling,” she said. “I don’t want anyone anywhere to have the excuse that they didn’t know or were not informed about what is going on. In the Holocaust, people claimed they didn’t know or turned a blind eye toward it.” 
The award, created by the International Women’s Media Foundation, recognized Ms. Levine’s work in Gaza. While she has covered three wars in the last five years and is intimately familiar with both sides, she says she had never seen this level of violence or hatred.
“To be honest, what I saw was hell,” she said of the last Gaza war in August 2014, when she stayed for 40 days documenting the effects of Israel’s bombardment. “Every day I went out to photograph I thought the next day could not possibly be worse but somehow it was. It was endless and shocking.”

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