After the award ceremonies, it wasn't long before Hetherington was on to his next assignment, Libya, where he was killed Wednesday at the age of 40.
In a statement, Hetherington's family noted that he would be remembered for his "amazing images" and his journalism, and 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."
President Barack Obama said in a statement he was "saddened" to learn of Hetherington's death and said he is "deeply concerned about the well being of journalists who were wounded alongside him.
"Journalists across the globe risk their lives each day to keep us informed, demand accountability from world leaders, and give a voice to those who would not otherwise be heard," he said.
A second photographer, Chris Hondros of Getty Images, died of wounds sustained in Misrata today as well. Two others were also wounded during the attack in Misrata Wednesday but survived. Guy Martin of Panos News Agency was gravely wounded, while photographer Michael Brown was less severely wounded.
ABC News' Martha Raddatz contributed to this report.