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Haunting Photos From This Year's Courage In Photojournalism Award Winner

Adriane Ohanesian's images of conflict and crises are outstanding.

10/05/2016 2:01 PM AEST | Updated 10/05/2016 2:01 PM AEST
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Photojournalist Adriane Ohanesian has won the 2016 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award for her work covering the many facets of conflict and the people it displaces.

The International Women's Media Foundation launched the award in 2014 to honor veteran Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was shot dead that year while on assignment in Afghanistan. The IWMF selects one woman photojournalist each year whose work exemplifies Niedringhaus' legacy.

Based in East Africa, Ohanesian has for years reported on the devastating civil war in South Sudan, as well as other humanitarian crises and conflicts in the greater region. South Sudan's civil war has killed at least tens of thousands of people since it broke out in 2013, and forced millions from their homes. Government soldiers and militias are implicated in a horrific range of atrocities, the aftermath of which is featured in some of Ohanesian's images.

Photojournalists Lynsey Addario and Paula Bronstein also received honorable mentions for their respective work covering conflict and humanitarian disaster. 

"These remarkable and brave women are revealing difficult truths around the world through their pictures, and the Niedringhaus Award celebrates that service,” IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz said in a press release announcing Ohanesian's win.

Scroll down to see a selection of Ohanesian's haunting photos:

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    The Sudan Liberation Army, led by Abdul Wahid, climbs toward the front lines in the last rebel-held territory in Central Darfur, Sudan, March 4, 2015.
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    Women and children sit outside a cave where they have fled to escape bombing by the Sudanese government's forces insides of rebel-held territory in Central Darfur, Sudan, March 2, 2015.
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    Hundreds of women and children who have fled the fighting or are seeking shelter from the continued bombing by the Sudanese government's forces, live in a cave in Central Darfur, Sudan, March 2, 2015.
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    Members of the rebel group, the Sudan Liberation Army defends a mountain from the Sudanese government forces in Central Darfur, Sudan, March 4, 2015.
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    Adam Abdel, 7, was badly burned when a bomb, dropped on February 12 by a Sudanese government's Antonov plane, landed next to his family's home in Burgu, Central Darfur, Sudan, Feb. 27, 2015.
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    On Dec.16 SPLA government soldiers looted and burned the homes of Nuer people in the Juba neighborhood of Munuki West, South Sudan, Jan. 19, 2014.
  • Adriane Ohanesian
    Men believed to be members of al Shabaab sit in the street after being arrested by Somali National Intelligence during a cordon and search operation in Mogadishu, Somalia, May 4, 2014.
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    A mother who has fled the war in Yemen with her three children, comforts her baby who is sick and cannot get access to medicine in the refugee camp in Obock, Djibouti, January 13, 2015.
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    Waiting to be smuggled by boat to Yemen, and eventually find their way to Saudi Arabia in search of work, Ethiopian migrants live under a tree outside the town of Obock, Djibouti, Jan. 12, 2015.
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    A young Ethiopian girl walks toward a meeting with other migrants and their smugglers in the hope of making it onto one of the illegal boats that will take her to Yemen and then on to Saudi Arabia from the town of Obock, in Djibouti, Jan. 12, 2015.