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.