A women's media group is honoring freelance photographer Heidi Levine as the inaugural winner of an award for courage named for Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan.

The International Women's Media Foundation is announcing Tuesday that Levine will be awarded the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. Levine is an American and is based in Jerusalem.

The award jury says Levine's courage and commitment to the story in Gaza is unwavering. The jury wrote that she documents tragic events under dire circumstances and displays a depth of compassion for the people she encounters.

Levine is originally from Boston and moved to Israel in 1983. She is represented by the Sipa Press photo agency.

The Howard G. Buffett Foundation provided funding for the $20,000 prize.