Tim Hetherington, an Academy Award nominated film photographer, died Wednesday while covering the war outside a rebel-held city in Libya. Hetherington’s film was a documentary about soldiers at an outpost in Afghanistan. He was in Libya working on a multimedia project to highlight humanitarian issues during time of war.
Chris Hondros, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist from New York, was also killed in the city of Misrata after being hit by mortar fire during fighting. Hondros has covered conflict zones since the late 1990s , and his work has appeared in major magazines and newspapers around the world. His awards include World Press Photo honors and the Robert Capa Gold Medal, one of the highest prizes in war photography.
Hetherington was known for his ability to capture conflict on film. His credits included pieces for ABC News’ “Nightline.” He won the World Press Photo of the Year award for his coverage of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan, and his work has appeared in magazine and newspapers world-wide.
Two other Western photographers were wounded in the same conflict. Two additional journalists have been killed in the Libyan conflict, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ has documented more than 80 attacks on the press since political unrest erupted in Libya.