Arab Documentary Photography Program


All eligible photographers are invited to apply for the second cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program by May 10, 2015. For more information about the submission guidelines and how to apply, please visit the ADPP page on the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture website. 

The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) is a program jointly funded by Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and Prince Claus Fund and will run from 2014 to 2016, targeting creative documentary photographers in the Arab region. Through an open call for proposals announced in February 2014, a jurors’ committee comprised of Arab and international experts will select up to 10 grantees to receive financial and professional support to complete their proposed photography projects.

The focus of the ADPP is to support compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. In recognition to the image’s power to document, educate and advocate, the ADPP will also explore ways by which such a body of work will reach out to wider audiences and engage with them in a compelling and impactful ways. Photographers may propose to work in a range of non-fiction narrative styles, from classic documentary photography to more experimental visual storytelling, and may propose to include audio and video elements.

The program’s objectives are: (1) to raise the level of creative documentary photography in the Arab region, (2) to train photographers and expand their approaches to visual storytelling, (3) to share strong visual narratives from the Arab region regionally and internationally, and (4) to explore wider access to documentary photography and a more active engagement with its audiences.

2014 ADPP Grantees
Amira Al-Sharif (Yemen) for “Yemeni Women with Fighting Spirits”
Eman Bedir (Egypt) for “Just Stop
Faisal Al Fouzan (Kuwait) for “Friday Gathering
Hamada El Rasam (Egypt) for “Leftovers of Conflict
Mahmoud Elnagmy (Egypt) for “Living in Shelters
Natalie Naccache (Lebanon) for “Middle/Higher Syrian refugees Community
Omar Imam (Syria) for “Live Love Refugee
Reem Falaknaz (UAE) for “The Place of Perpetual Undulation
Samar Hazboun (Palestine) for “Beyond Checkpoints
Zara Samiry (Morocco) for “Tales of the Moroccan Amazons

(splash image © Tanya Habjouqa)