ADPP Open Call How to Apply & Selection Process

See how to apply to the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) Open Call 2023 by the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Prince Claus Fund, and the Magnum Foundation.

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  • This grant is open to applicants from, living and working in the Arab region, irrespective of age, years of experience, ethnicity, gender, or religion. Professional and emerging photographers are eligible to apply.
  • Photographers who have not specialized in documentary photography will be considered as long as the proposed work is documentary in nature. Technical familiarity with photography is required.
  • Journalists or activists who have not had experience with photography are not eligible to apply.
  • Applicants must be independent, i.e. they must possess full copyright ownership of the project they are applying with.
  • Each applicant is entitled to only one application in the same category.

Ineligible Candidates

  • Members of AFAC Board of Trustees and staff members, their business partners, or family members;
  • AFAC staff members, their business partners or family members.
  • Members of the current year’s jurors’ committee;
  • Applicants(s) who live, partially or fully, outside the Arab region;
  • Recipients of two AFAC consecutive grants unless two years have passed since the last grant (e.g. If a grantee received grants in both 2017 and 2018, they can apply again in 2021);
  • Applicants with an open grant with AFAC;
  • Applicants who have received a Seed Award in 2023 or a Mentorship Award from the Prince Claus Fund;
  • Previous ADPP grantees;

Application Process

Applications are only accepted through an online application form available on AFAC’s website. Applications submitted via regular mail or e-mail will not be accepted.

The application must be submitted in English or in Arabic, and applicants will receive a confirmation email once the online application has been received. Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. Note that AFAC will not contact applicants if any part of their application is incomplete.

To apply, please log in with your AFAC username and password. Once you login, visit the program page you are interested in applying to and click on apply. In case you don’t have an existing account, you can create one here.

Please note that the deadline for applications is December 20, 2023 at 5:00 PM (Beirut time - GMT+2).

Please note that we will not be able to respond to any inquiries communicated with us after December 19, 2023.

Supporting Material

All applications must include:

  • 10–20 images from the initial stages of the proposed project;
  • Images from any single body of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability as a photographer and a visual storyteller;
  • Captions should be included in the metadata of each image file. A numbered caption sheet is requested in the supporting material zip file;
  • Images should be JPGs, 72 dpi, and the longest edge is 1,000 pixels.
  • Additional media as a supplement to the still photographs are accepted. Applicant needs to include the corresponding links in the supporting material zip file;
  • Applications lacking supporting material will not be considered for evaluation nor will the applicant be contacted to send the missing material;
  • Supporting files and samples of current submitted project and/or previous work that are smaller than 10 MB can be uploaded directly to the application;
  • Supporting files and samples of the submitted project and/or previous work that are between 10 MB and 300 MB should be included as links to files on sharing websites (such as Dropbox, Vimeo, YouTube, etc).

For further inquiries regarding supporting material, contact the AFAC grants management team.