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Photojournalists under fire

Acclaimed photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed amid a firefight in Libya on April 20, highlighting the perilous work of war photographers who capture images of conflict.

2 photojournalists killed while covering conflict in Libya

Acclaimed photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed amid a firefight in Libya on April 20, highlighting the perilous work of war photographers who capture images of conflict.

Both were in the heart of Misrata, a town in western Libya, as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi shelled the rebels the two photojournalists were covering. Hetherington and Hondros were rushed to hospital where they were treated on adjacent emergency room beds, but both died of their injuries.

Two other photojournalists, Guy Martin and Michael Christopher Brown, were also wounded in the attack but are expected to survive.

Hetherington and Hondros were experienced conflict photojournalists, who had documented most of the major conflicts of the past decade. Hondros had recently covered Egypt's revolution.

A statement from Hetherington's family on March 20 said: "Tim was in Libya to continue his ongoing multimedia project to highlight humanitarian issues during time of war and conflict. He will be forever missed."

Hondros worked as a staff photographer for U.S.-based Getty Images.

"Chris never shied away from the front line," said a statement from Getty. "We are working to support his family and his fiancée as they receive this difficult news … he will be sorely missed."

Tim Hetherington

Tim Hetherington, 40, was born in Liverpool, England, but lived in New York. In 2010 he was nominated for an Oscar for his film Restrepo, which documented the lives of a platoon of U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan.

Being embedded on the front line of the Afghan fight wasn't Hetherington's first exposure to violence. He photographed and filmed fierce fighting between the Liberian government and a group of rebels in the early 2000s and his work was published worldwide.

Hetherington won numerous awards for his photojournalism, including the 2007 World Press photo of the year — a harrowing shot of an exhausted soldier serving in Afghanistan that was published by Vanity Fair magazine.

Chris Hondros

Chris Hondros, 41, was an American Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist who was based in New York City.

His work graced the covers of the New York Times, the Washington Post and Newsweek, and he was revered in the world of photojournalism. American Photo magazine named him a "Hero of Photography" in 2007. In 2006 he won he won the Robert Capa Gold Medal — war photography's highest honour — for his work in Iraq.

As a senior staff photographer for Getty, he recently captured an image of a pro-government fighter riding a camel into Cairo's Tahrir Square to attack protesters.

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