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Women's media group names courage award after AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus

FILE - In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, roses lay in front of a picture of the Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, who was killed April 4, 2014 in Afghanistan, in Paris.  Fellow officers say the Afghan police commander who killed Niedringhaus and wounded reporter Kathy Gannon seemed a calm, pious man who may have come under the influence of Islamic fundamentalists calling for vengeance against foreigners over drone strikes. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

FILE - In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, roses lay in front of a picture of the Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, 48, who was killed April 4, 2014 in Afghanistan, in Paris. Fellow officers say the Afghan police commander who killed Niedringhaus and wounded reporter Kathy Gannon seemed a calm, pious man who may have come under the influence of Islamic fundamentalists calling for vengeance against foreigners over drone strikes. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)  (The Associated Press)

A women's media group has created a new award for courage honoring Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus.

The International Women's Media Foundation announced Tuesday that the award will go out every year to a female photojournalist whose work "follows in the footsteps of Anja Niedringhaus."

Niedringhaus was shot and killed April 4 while on assignment in Afghanistan. A colleague who was with her, reporter Kathy Gannon, was wounded.

The award is funded with a $1 million gift from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, a private family foundation that seeks to improve the lives of the world's poor and marginalized — often the subjects of Niedringhaus' photographs.

Niedringhaus, 48, was a prize-winning photographer who started her career at 16 as a freelance photographer, working for a newspaper in her native Germany.