The International Women’s Media Foundation has awarded this year’s Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award to Andrea Bruce.

The Anja Award was established in honor of German AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014 and honors female journalists who document the world’s most crucial stories.

Bruce was chosen from among 136 nominations, the highest since the program began four years ago. The IWMF also announced two honorable mentions — Amber Bracken of Canada and Rebecca Conway of the United Kingdom.

Amber Bracken, L, and Rebecca Conway. (Photos courtesy of Amber Bracken and Rebecca Conway)
Amber Bracken, L, and Rebecca Conway. (Photos courtesy of Amber Bracken and Rebecca Conway)

Bruce’s focuses on people living in the aftermath of war, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Women journalists have long been vulnerable to work-related harassment and other dangers that we are just now starting to talk about,” said Elisa Lees Muñoz, executive director of the IWMF. “This award is about honoring those who operate in areas of greatest risk yet stay laser focused on those who, as they will tell you, are the real heroes.”

Selected works from Andrea Bruce:

In the Syrian province of Latakia, a regime stronghold, a small village mourns the loss of a son. Killed in an ambush at the other end of the country. The lieutenant was the first soldier to fall from this village of 125 people. (Andrea Bruce)
In the Syrian province of Latakia, a regime stronghold, a small village mourns the loss of a son. Killed in an ambush at the other end of the country. The lieutenant was the first soldier to fall from this village of 125 people. (Andrea Bruce)
Noorzia, a war widow, talks about her husband and her definition of freedom while sharing tea with a neighbor in her home in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Andrea Bruce)
Noorzia, a war widow, talks about her husband and her definition of freedom while sharing tea with a neighbor in her home in Kabul, Afghanistan. (Andrea Bruce)
Fritznel Xavier, 15, receives a re-hydration IV at a Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) in Jeremie, Haiti, one of the cities hardest hit by the cholera epidemic. (Andrea Bruce)
Fritznel Xavier, 15, receives a re-hydration IV at a Cholera Treatment Center (CTC) in Jeremie, Haiti, one of the cities hardest hit by the cholera epidemic. (Andrea Bruce)
During Bahrain's failed revolution, a protester passes out onions and garlic to battle the negative effects of the teargas sent by Bahraini forces. (Andrea Bruce)
During Bahrain's failed revolution, a protester passes out onions and garlic to battle the negative effects of the teargas sent by Bahraini forces. (Andrea Bruce)
In Baghdad, Halla Hameed receives a kiss from her son Iaad Hameed, 4, while her two year-old drinks from a bottle. Halla’s husband Walid Hameed, the father of her two children, was shot and killed in the violence surrounding Baghdad during the initial days of the U.S. invasion. She became a prostitute to provide for her children.
In Baghdad, Halla Hameed receives a kiss from her son Iaad Hameed, 4, while her two year-old drinks from a bottle. Halla’s husband Walid Hameed, the father of her two children, was shot and killed in the violence surrounding Baghdad during the initial days of the U.S. invasion. She became a prostitute to provide for her children.
Ayat walks along the mountain roads of northern Dagestan, a Republic of Russia in the Caucasus. (Andrea Bruce)
Ayat walks along the mountain roads of northern Dagestan, a Republic of Russia in the Caucasus. (Andrea Bruce)
Rose Dena, 85, attempts to clean what is left of her home in the mountains of southern Haiti weeks after Hurricane Matthew. The storm killed an estimated 1600 people in the country. (Andrea Bruce)
Rose Dena, 85, attempts to clean what is left of her home in the mountains of southern Haiti weeks after Hurricane Matthew. The storm killed an estimated 1600 people in the country. (Andrea Bruce)
People displaced by Hurricane Matthew take refuge in public school Dumarsais Estime in Les Cayes, Haiti. Students who normally attend the school protested their presence and blocked intersections throughout the city. (Andrea Bruce)
People displaced by Hurricane Matthew take refuge in public school Dumarsais Estime in Les Cayes, Haiti. Students who normally attend the school protested their presence and blocked intersections throughout the city. (Andrea Bruce)
Girls in Peepli Kheera, India, line up to walk into class. Because of the lack of working toilets in schools, girls in many developing countries drop out of school around the age of 13, when they start menstruating, primarily due to a lack of privacy. (Andrea Bruce)
Girls in Peepli Kheera, India, line up to walk into class. Because of the lack of working toilets in schools, girls in many developing countries drop out of school around the age of 13, when they start menstruating, primarily due to a lack of privacy. (Andrea Bruce)
The Elise Adventure Morija Church was completely swept away during Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The parishioners still hold services on the foundation of the church, under a tent. (Andrea Bruce)
The Elise Adventure Morija Church was completely swept away during Hurricane Matthew in Haiti. The parishioners still hold services on the foundation of the church, under a tent. (Andrea Bruce)
Khan Mohammad is a three month old child who passed away due to the cold. His mother is comforted before the child is washed and buried in the Nasaji Bagrami Camp for displaced persons in Kabul, Afghanistan. The family fled the war in southern Afghanistan for the relative safety of Kabul. This winter was deadly for refugees living without proper housing or heat. (Andrea Bruce)
Khan Mohammad is a three month old child who passed away due to the cold. His mother is comforted before the child is washed and buried in the Nasaji Bagrami Camp for displaced persons in Kabul, Afghanistan. The family fled the war in southern Afghanistan for the relative safety of Kabul. This winter was deadly for refugees living without proper housing or heat. (Andrea Bruce)
Bricthone Tabeline, 11, and Isadora Joseph, 10, study on the foundation of their home which was destroyed during Hurricane Matthew. Only the door frame remains. They live in a quickly-built shack behind their home's foundation. (Andrea Bruce)
Bricthone Tabeline, 11, and Isadora Joseph, 10, study on the foundation of their home which was destroyed during Hurricane Matthew. Only the door frame remains. They live in a quickly-built shack behind their home's foundation. (Andrea Bruce)

Selected works by Amber Bracken:

Aimee Bellerose writes a note to her mom, Deana Bellerose, on May 5, 2017 at the spot where her body was found 10 years after going missing from the streets of Edmonton. It was the first time Aimee had visited the spot since the discovery in 2012. (Amber Bracken)
Aimee Bellerose writes a note to her mom, Deana Bellerose, on May 5, 2017 at the spot where her body was found 10 years after going missing from the streets of Edmonton. It was the first time Aimee had visited the spot since the discovery in 2012. (Amber Bracken)
Two nations, December 05, 2016 - Veterans carry an American and a Mohawk Warrior Society flag through the storm. The Mohawk flag came to prominence during the 1990 Canadian Oka Crisis, when the military confronted indigenous people in a major armed conflict for the first time in modern history. Camp is dedicated to stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) "in a good way" but there is some fear history will repeat itself, again. (Amber Bracken)
Two nations, December 05, 2016 - Veterans carry an American and a Mohawk Warrior Society flag through the storm. The Mohawk flag came to prominence during the 1990 Canadian Oka Crisis, when the military confronted indigenous people in a major armed conflict for the first time in modern history. Camp is dedicated to stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) "in a good way" but there is some fear history will repeat itself, again. (Amber Bracken)

Selected work by Rebecca Conway:

Kashmiri relative Hafeeza Khan (C), weeps during the funeral of nephew Rasiq Ahmed Khan, aged around 22, and who was found shot to death, at their home in Watchohallan village in Shopian, south Kashmir, some 80 kms from Srinagar, on December 14, 2015. Raisq, who disappeared on December 13, was found shot to death by gunmen who local residents report were members of the Indian police Special Operations Group. (Rebecca Conway)
Kashmiri relative Hafeeza Khan (C), weeps during the funeral of nephew Rasiq Ahmed Khan, aged around 22, and who was found shot to death, at their home in Watchohallan village in Shopian, south Kashmir, some 80 kms from Srinagar, on December 14, 2015. Raisq, who disappeared on December 13, was found shot to death by gunmen who local residents report were members of the Indian police Special Operations Group. (Rebecca Conway)
Kashmiri protesters shout slogans and throw stones during clashes with Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and security personnel during a strict curfew on Eid-al-Adha, one of the most important religious events in the Muslim calendar, in the Batamloo area of Srinagar. (Rebecca Conway)
Kashmiri protesters shout slogans and throw stones during clashes with Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and security personnel during a strict curfew on Eid-al-Adha, one of the most important religious events in the Muslim calendar, in the Batamloo area of Srinagar. (Rebecca Conway)

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