Arab Documentary Photography Program: 2014 Grantees

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


The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADP) 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 ADP 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 ADP 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.


We cordially invite all interested and eligible photographers to apply to this program. For more information about the submission guidelines and how to apply, please visit the ADP page on the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture website. 

(splash image © Tanya Habjouqa)