Call for Applications: the Arab Documentary Photography Program

Nadia Bseiso

Nadia Bseiso

In collaboration with The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture (AFAC) and the Prince Claus Fund (PCF), we are pleased to open applications for the fifth year of the Arab Documentary Photography Program.

The Arab Documentary Photography Program supports and amplifies creative approaches to visual storytelling that challenge conventional narratives about the Arab region. Selected grantees receive production support for long-term creative projects within an eight-month individual mentorship program with Randa Shaath, Eric Gottesman, Tanya Habjouqa, and Peter van Agtmael. Over the course of their project development, grantees come together for two intensive workshops in Beirut, where they have the opportunity to connect in person with each other and their mentors. To date, the program has supported 38 projects.


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 Arab Documentary Photography 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

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