Closed Call Arab Documentary Photography Programme


Please note: the deadline for this Call was 1 May 2019.

The Arab Fund for Art and Culture (AFAC) and the Prince Claus Fund, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation, are delighted to announce the sixth cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme (ADPP).

Through a partnership with the Arab Fund for Art and Culture, together with the Magnum Foundation, we launched the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) in 2014. ADPP supports creative documentary photographers in the Arab region. A jurors’ committee comprised of Arab and international experts will select up to 10 grantees to receive financial and professional support to complete their proposed photography projects.

The focus of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme is to support compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. In recognition to the image’s power to document, educate and advocate, the ADPP will also explore ways by which documentary photography can reach out to wider audiences and engage with them in a compelling and impactful ways. 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.


  • To raise the level of creative documentary photography in the Arab region;
  • To train photographers and expand their approaches to visual storytelling;
  • To share strong visual narratives from the Arab region regionally and internationally;
  • To explore wider access to documentary photography and a more active engagement with its audiences

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

We cordially invite all interested and eligible photographers to apply to this programme. Please consult the Grant Guidelines on the AFAC website before applying.

How to apply?  Applications can be completed via the AFAC website. Please login to the AFAC website with your username and password. Once logged in, you will be directed to the applications page. If you don’t have an existing account, please create one here.

For projects by past ADPP grantees, visit the Arab Documentary Photography Programme website:

Photo: ADPP Photographer Mohamed Altoum's uncle and his friend in Hoshmar. Photo credit Mohamed Altoum (Sudan).