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.
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.”