Srinagar: Masrat Zarah, a Kashmiri freelance photojournalist won the 2020 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award from International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF). The news was broke by Zarah herself on twitter where she thanked her mentor Showkat Nanda.
“I am incredibly honoured to share that I have won the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award from @IWMF I’m happy that my work has finally been recognized. After thanking Almighty, I would like to say a big thank to my mentor, @ShowkatNanda for his guidance, love & care.”
I am incredibly honored to share that I have won the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award from @IWMF I’m happy that my work has finally been recognized.— Masrat Zahra (@Masratzahra) June 11, 2020
After thanking Almighty,I would like to say a big thank to my mentor, @ShowkatNanda for his guidance, love & care pic.twitter.com/ztMcdlpEKO
Zarah, who was born in Kashmir, provides an insight into the daily life of Kashmiri people through her photographs of a woman’s perspective. In an interview with the DW, Zarah told the conflict in Kashmir has always been delivered from a man’s perspective. The award wants to show a different side.
Zarah would often observe clashes between Indian security forces and Kashmiri protestors. Defying the wish of her family she pursued photojournalism working tirelessly to provide a glimpse of the everyday lives of Kashmiri people. As one of the small group of women photojournalists in the region, she endured consistent resistance based on her profession and gender.
“This is an honor to all women who choose to work in conflict zones.” 2020 #AnjasCourage awardee @Masratzahra honors @AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus’s legacy with her perseverance to document the Kashmir conflict. https://t.co/C6i6DXHloe— IWMF (@IWMF) June 12, 2020
Her work has previously appeared in The Caravan, The Washington Post, TRT World, Al Jazeera, The New Humanitarian, Religion Unplugged and several other media outlets. Zahra has previously exhibited at the annual Photoville festival in New York with her portfolio, ‘Journalists under Fire’ and Juridicum exhibition in Erlangen Nuremberg in Germany.
The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award was created to honour the life and work of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize-winning German photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus (1965-2014). Anna worked as a photojournalist for the Associated Press and also received IWMF Courage in Journalism Award in the same year. This award is given to one woman photojournalist annually whose work shows dedication and courage just like Anja’s. The awardee will also receive a cash prize of 20,000 dollars.