Magnum Foundation

Arab Documentary Photography Program

Photo by Tasneem Alsultan

The Arab Documentary Photography Program is an initiative that provides support and mentorship to photographers from across the Arab region.

The Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) is a program jointly funded by the Prince Claus Fund and The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, to support creative documentary photographers in the Arab region. The focus of the ADPP is to amplify compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region.

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.

Applications for the 2018 cycle are currently open

Photographers from and working in the Arab region are invited to submit proposals that touch on social issues and realities relevant to the region. For the 2018 cycle, the program opens also to Arab applicants who have had to flee their home countries within the past six years (since 2012) due to political unrest. Proposed projects must still be related to the region.

The program values a range of creative approaches, from classical reportage to more conceptual frameworks, using the term documentary to ground projects in contemporary critical issues. Photographers may propose to work in any narrative style, and even include audio and/or video elements.

Applications are due May 1, 2018. Applications are submitted through the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture. Applicants must create a user ID to apply. See here for submission guidelines and the application. For more information about previous projects and grantees, please visit





Tarek Al Haddad, Lebanon
Sima Ajlyakin, Syria
Mohamed Altoum, Sudan
Ahmed Gaber, Syria
Hesham Elsherif, Egypt
Mohamed Mahdy, Egypt
Rawan Mazeh, Lebanon
Btihal Remli, Morocco
Fethi Sahraoui, Algeria


The 2017 grantees are currently developing their projects in an eight-month mentorship program.


Hadeer Ahmed, Love, Loss, and Longing, Egypt
Iman Al-Dabbagh, Shame (less), Saudi Arabia
Mostafa Bassim, Revolution of the Mind, Egypt
Nadia Bseiso, Infertile Crescent, Jordan
Mehdy Mariouch, Shreds of Life, Morocco
Roï Saade, The Epic of Dalieh, Lebanon
Muhammad Salah, I Want to be Visible, Sudan
Sara Sallam, The Fourth Pyramid Belongs to Her, Egypt
Carmen Yahchouchi, King Soleil Man, Lebanon



Arwa Alneami, Never Never Land, Saudi Arabia
Tasneem Alsultan, Saudi Tales of Love, Saudi Arabia
Sima Diab, She as He, Egypt
Elsie El Haddad, Stranded: On Life After Imprisonment, Lebanon
Hicham Gardaf, Intersections, Morocco
Mustafa Saeede, Division Multiplied, Somalia
Eyad Kasem, A Small Forest on The Other Side, Syria
Heba Khalifa, Homemade, Egypt
Ahmad Mousa Qasem, Awaiting Their Dead, Iraq
Zeid Romdhane, West of Life, Tunisia



Amira Al-Sharif, A Love Song to Socotra Island, Yemen  
Eman HelalJust StopEgypt
Faisal Al Fouzan, Friday Gathering, Kuwait
Hamada El Rasam, Traces of the Conflict, Egypt
Natalie Naccache, Our Limbo, Lebanon
Omar Imam, Live Love Refugee, Syria
Reem Falaknaz, The Place of Perpetual Undulation, UAE
Samar Hazboun, Beyond Checkpoints, Palestine
Zara Samiry, Tales of the Moroccan Amazons, Morocco