Thana Faroq Arab Documentary Photography Programme small

Please note: The deadline to apply for this call was 1 May 2020. 

The Arab Fund for Art and Culture (AFAC) and the Prince Claus Fund, in partnership with Magnum Foundation, are now accepting proposals for the seventh cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme (ADPP).

The ADPP supports documentary photographers in the Arab region in creating unconventional, compelling, non-stereotypical visual documentation of social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. Applicants whose proposals are selected receive a production grant, two intensive workshops and mentoring by an established international photographer. 

Over a period of eight months the programme not only helps participants develop their project, it also looks for ways in which their work can reach out to wider audiences, to engage, inform and open minds. 

In past years, ADPP has proven to be a major springboard to international recognition for emerging Arab photographers, opening the way for other grants and awards, like the Tim Heatherington Prize, the Joop Swart Masterclass of World Press Photo, Magnum Foundation Fellowship for photography and Social Justice, the Canon Education Program, CIC/Phototopia and publication in, among others, the Washington Post, the New York Times, National Geographic, El Pais Semanal, Zeit Magazine and Gulf Business.

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 programme is open to Arab applicants living and working in the Arab region, irrespective of age, years of experience, ethnicity, gender or religion. Exceptions are made for Arab applicants who had to flee their home countries during the past eight years (since 2012) due to political unrest. Their projects must however be related to the region. Technical familiarity with photography is required. 

For stories of past ADPP grantees see:

ADDP photographers are also featured on Instagram via the @Arabdocphotography and @YCreate_pcf

Timeline: Deadline to apply:  1 May 2019.  Announcement of selected grantees: 31 July 2019.

Interested and eligible photographers are encouraged to apply. Please consult the Grant Guidelines on the AFAC website before applying.

Applications can be completed via the AFAC website. 

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Photo: ADPP Photographer Thana Faroq - "Some Quiet Noise"