Deceased French-Moroccan Leila Alaoui was awarded the French honorary distinction of The Order of Arts and Letters.
The prestigious award recognises significant contributions to art and literature and is usually given to those who have significantly contributed to France’s cultural heritage.
Leila’s award was announced by the French minister of culture, Audrey Azoulay, daughter of André Azoulay, and was handed to Leila’s mother at a ceremony in Morocco.
The 33-year old photographer was one of the most promising talents in the profession, having published work for publications such as the New York Times and Vogue and exhibited her photography in galleries worldwide.
Leila died after being injured in a terrorist attack in Burkina Faso that took place on January 2016, and in which 30 people lost their life. She was at the time working on a documentary on women’s rights for Amnesty International.