"I have witnessed destruction, yet I have witnessed also peace treaties, collaboration, love and friendship. Together we can live in peace and create a better future for generations to come. Thank you everyone for this incredible recognition, and most of all, thank you Anja for your dedication and strength."
6. Levine leaving stage, audience applauding
7. Associated Press Director of Photography Santiago Lyon and IWMF (International Women's Media Foundation) Board of Directors Bryan Monroe walking on stage
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Santiago Lyon, Associated Press Director of Photography:
"For almost twenty-five years, I have known and worked with Heidi, and I do not exaggerate when I say that I am in awe of her energy, commitment and talent. She is truly a remarkable practitioner of photojournalism, a skilled storyteller, and a warm and caring person."
9. Presentation of Levine's work at ceremony, zoom in
"Thank you very much. I can imagine Anja smiling, happy that Heidi Levine was chosen as the first recipient of this award in her name, because like Anja, Heidi's pictures show a heart full of compassion, empathy and wonder. Anja's pictures can move even the hardest heart, they draw you in even when the subject seems horrifying, because Anja didn't just take pictures, she captured a moment in time."
11. Photographs showing Niedringhaus, quote from Niedringhaus, reading (English): "The legacy of any photographer is her or his ability to capture the moment, to record history. For me it is about showing the struggle and survival of the individual. Anja Niedringhaus, 1965-2014."
Freelance photographer Heidi Levine, who has made a career of covering conflicts, was honoured on Thursday with the inaugural award for courage named after Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed on assignment in Afghanistan.
Levine, an American freelance photojournalist based in Jerusalem, has spent 30 years covering wars and revolutions.
She worked with Niedringhaus in Israel, Gaza and Libya, and said it was a great honour to be the first recipient of the award in her name.
The Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award is a 20,000 US dollars prize established by the Washington-based International Women's Media Foundation and funded by the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
It was created to honour Niedringhaus, who was killed last year on assignment when an Afghan police commander walked up to the car she was in and opened fire.
Her friend and colleague, AP reporter Kathy Gannon, was seriously injured in the assault.
Levine is originally from Boston and moved to Israel in 1983.
She began her career with the AP and is now represented by the Sipa Press photo agency.
The prize will be awarded annually to a female photojournalist who reflects the courage and dedication of Niedringhaus.
Niedringhaus started her career as a freelance photographer when she was 16 in her native Germany and went on to cover the conflict in the former Yugoslavia.
She joined the AP in 2002 and worked throughout the Middle East, as well as in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
She was part of an AP team that won the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography for coverage of Iraq.