WATERVILLE, Maine (AP) — Two Ukrainians who documented the horrors of the Russian invasion and siege of Mariupol for The Associated Press are being honored for their courage with Colby College’s Lovejoy Award.

Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka continued reporting on the Russian invasion after rather heaps of international journalists left Mariupol, an industrial city on the Sea of Azov. They made a harrowing obtain away to portion their photos with the enviornment.

The liberal arts college is honoring them with the award bearing the title of alumnus Elijah Parish Lovejoy, an abolitionist newspaper author who turned into once killed by a mob for his anti-slavery editorials in 1837.

“Excellent as Elijah Lovejoy risked his life to expose atrocities, Mstyslav Chernov and Evgeniy Maloletka knew that showing the enviornment what turned into once happening in Mariupol turned into once a motive noteworthy of the final sacrifice,” Colby College President David Greene said in a assertion.

Martin Kaiser, Lovejoy risk committee chair, retired editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and original journalism faculty member at the College of Maryland, said the pair’s sacrifices represented “the definition for courage for journalists.”

“It’s the quickest we’ve ever resolve,” he said of his decade on the risk committee. “The courage these two photographers confirmed is what the Lovejoy Award is all about.”

The award turned into once being introduced Friday at an tournament that included a dialogue moderated by AP World Investigations Editor Ron Nixon and Brian Carovillano from NBC News, who turned into once vice president and managing editor of The Associated Press while Chernov and Maloletka reported from Mauripol.

Chernov and Maloletka, who maintain been unable to relief the tournament in person, are the main visual journalists to obtain the award Lovejoy award, which Colby College started bestowing in 1952.

Past recipients include a who’s who of American journalism, including Watergate scandal reporter Bob Woodward from The Washington Submit, former Original York Instances reporter James Risen and former Atlanta Journal-Structure editorial page editor Cynthia Tucker.