Photojournalism: the courage behind the camera


Each year, the International Media Foundation for Women presents the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award to honor the work of its namesake, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer. Here are this year’s winners.

Fatima Shbaïr

Fatima Shbair is a self-taught photojournalist who documents the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from her home in Gaza City. At 24, she is the youngest recipient. She started working in the field almost a decade ago with the aim of showing the difficulties of living in a conflict zone. Her desire to capture images of Palestinian culture and realities led her to overcome many professional challenges in the context of Gaza’s conservative society.

Her winning portfolio, “Eleven Days of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” chronicles the city during the escalation of airstrikes from Israel in May. Fatima weaves wreckage and everyday life, photographing both scenes of mourning and journeys through the city. One of the photographs from his winning portfolio is shown on the following page, “Despite successive wars and tragedies, the people here dig deep in search of hope and their lives matter. It is my responsibility to make their voices heard in the world, ”says Fatima.

The aftermath of an Israeli aerial bombardment targeting Al-Jawhara Tower in central Gaza on May 12, 2021

For the two honorable mentions, the jury recognized the work of Adriana Zehbrauskas and Kiana Hayeri.

Adriana zehbrauskas

Arizona-based photographer, Adriana’s work captures the violence intrinsic to the lives of under-represented communities in Central and South America. Originally from Brazil, his portfolio explores issues of migration, human rights and religion as they collide with the politics of the drug trade in the Western Hemisphere.

The body of a Covid victim is buried in the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paolo

The body of a Covid victim is buried in the Vila Formosa cemetery in Sao Paolo. Burials take place all day until 10 p.m.

Kiana Hayeri

Kiana, on the other hand, shares Fatima’s regional battlefield and Adriana’s passion for migration, which she expertly highlights alongside themes of adolescence and sexuality in life and life. culture of migrants. With her current long-term project, documenting the lives of young people in conflict-ridden societies, Kiana has returned to the Middle East and is currently covering the region from Kabul, Afghanistan.

A mother with three of her five children in their home in Kabul

Malika, 28, with three of her five children in their home in Kabul. At 14, she married in Pakistan and saw her husband murdered in front of her while she was eight months pregnant. “There is no job for a single mother here,” she said


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