Announcing our ADPP Grantees!

Heba Khamis Project Pic

Photo (c) Heba Khamis

Announcing our ADPP Grantees!

5 July, 2018: Together with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture and Magnum Foundation, we are excited to announce the selection of the latest group of grantees for the fifth cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme – ADPP. 

The call for ADPP applications opened on 1 February and closed on 1 May. Seventy-nine applications were received from 15 Arab countries including Algeria, Mauritania, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Kuwait, UAE and Yemen. 

A three-membered jury was invited to review the applications and decide on the final selection of projects to support. This year’s jurors were Executive Director Magnum Foundation Kristen Lubben; visual artist and co-founder of Cairo Image Collective (CIC) Rana El Nemr; and photographer and co-director of Gulf Photo Plus Mohamed Somji.

The selected photographers will receive a production grant and benefit from two intensive workshops to be held in Beirut, as well as a 6-month mentorship program to accompany the development of their individual projects under the supervision of the Program’s mentors: Randa Shaath, Peter van Agtmael, Tanya Habjouqa and Eric Gottesman.

This year’s selection of projects covers a wide range of topics spread across different geographies and disciplines. The dominant themes appear to be shifting away from traditional subjects of documentary photography, and cameras are instead being pointed inwards, into more personal questions of identity and belonging; change and the price to be paid for it; and the complexities of building and sustaining relationships with one’s own environment.


The jurors held a meeting in Beirut on 25 June and selected nine projects hailing from the following countries: Egypt (3), Lebanon (1), Syria (1), Algeria (1), Morocco (1), Yemen (1) and Mauritania (1). This was their statement: 

“We were honored to jury the fifth class of the Arab Documentary Photography Program, an initiative that has been transformative in the lives of its participants. It has also been crucial for expanding visual storytelling about the region from within, rather than as told by outsiders. Unlike a simple grant program, this mentored program allows photographers to develop their unique voice and participate in each other’s growth.

Our jury reviewed the submitted proposals and selected nine finalists and three backups. We were impressed by the range and diversity of the approaches and topics we saw in the applications. We were especially drawn to projects that relied upon a deep and thoughtful knowledge of a particular subject, and a considered approach to translating that subject photographically.

In future years, we would strongly encourage more women to apply to the program; only 39% of the applicants were women, a number that has been fairly stable over the years. There has also been a dearth of candidates from Palestine, the Gulf region, and Iraq, and we hope to see more in future years.”


Imider, Morocco's Longest Protest by M'hammed Kilito (Morocco)

Describe the Sky to Me by Roger Mokbel (Lebanon)

Transit Bodies by Heba Khamis (Egypt)        

In the Light of Change by Elwely Vall (Mauritania)   

When Will You Return? By Nadine Al Koudsi (Syria) 

Dry by Abdo Shanan (Algeria) The Ancient Mosque by Ravy Shaker (Egypt)

Pockets of Diaspora by Shaima Al-Tamimi (Yemen)

The Leaders of Tomorrow by Ebrahim Elmoly (Egypt)


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