Photojournalists share stories from dangerous places
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then photojournalists share millions of them. The art of photography to tell a story has been used in print publishing ever since the medium was created and the equipment became slightly mobile.
Civil War correspondents used to sit on ridges to cover what took place on nearby battlefields. Later, photojournalists with smaller cameras would embed themselves with military units, and then use whatever means available to submit the photos for publication.
Now, digital photos can be taken in the field. Cropped, toned and edited from a laptop, they then can be sent throughout the world by internet or satellite phone connection.
Good photographers are ones who can make vocation out of a passion. Great ones are sent into some of the most dangerous places in the world to tell a story. Sometimes these photojournalists are caught being too close to the action and pay the ultimate price.
In April, Anja Niedringhaus paid that price. The journalist was covering the war in Afganistan, and lost her life in the field.
The International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF) launched the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award last month. The award honors the courage and dedication of the Associated Press photographer.
With an endowment gift of $1 million from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the award will be given annually to a woman photojournalist whose work follows in Niedringhaus' footsteps.
Niedringhaus, who won the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award in 2005, spent her life documenting wars and the effects of conflict on people in war-torn regions.
"I could have stayed out of trouble most of my life but always have been drawn to the people who suffer in difficult situations," she told the audience at the 2005 Courage Awards ceremony.
Sometimes we may take for granted the reporting we see from different places in the world. Let us not forget the courage and sacrifice our storytellers have in the pursuit of the truth.
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