Photojournalist Nicole Tung Honored with James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting

The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation in partnership with the Online News Association proudly honors photojournalist Nicole Tung as the recipient for the 2018 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting.

Tung’s reporting has spanned the Middle East, where she focuses her visual storytelling on the effects of ISIS, the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the developing refugee situation across Sub Saharan Africa.

“I nominated Nicole for continuing Jim’s legacy of moral courage in pursuing the the truth through her skillful and beautiful photography that reflects the plight of suffering civilians in conflict zones,” Foundation President Diane Foley said. “Most recently her poignant photos of Rohingya mothers and children.”

Tung is based in Istanbul and has covered social issues across the Middle East, Asia and Africa as a dedicated advocate for freelancers’ safety.

“The selection committee was impressed by the power and variety of imagery Nicole has captured in conflict zones on multiple continents, and by her consistent focus on the humanity of her subjects,” said Eric Carvin, Social Media Editor at The Associated Press and chair of the selection committee.

About the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation

James W Foley was an independent American conflict journalist who worked extensively across the Middle East. He was taken hostage by ISIS in Syria in 2012 and was killed in 2014. His impact on colleagues and friends has been highlighted in the awarding-winning documentary film “Jim: The James Foley Story”.

The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is a registered nonprofit foundation that supports work in three key areas that were important to Jim’s life: American hostage freedom, protection of independent conflict journalists, and education of the public and university students regarding these silent crises.

For more information about the foundation, or to learn how you can make an impact, please visit www.jamesfoleyfoundation.orgor contact Amy Coyne at

About the Online News Association

The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of digital journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. Membership includes journalists, technologists, executives, academics and students who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards.