Arab Documentary Photography Program 2024 for Emerging Photographers (Up to $7,000 Grant)

The Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, along with the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam and the Magnum Foundation in New York City, collaborated to establish the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) in 2014.

Arab Documentary Photography Program 2024 for Emerging Photographers
Arab Documentary Photography Program 2024 for Emerging Photographers

This program is co-funded by AFAC and the Prince Claus Fund as part of the Fund’s Mentorship Awards, aiming to empower creative documentary photographers in the Arab region.

Program Details

Documentary photography plays a vital role in highlighting overlooked and lesser-known narratives. For nearly a decade, the Arab Documentary Photography Program has been dedicated to supporting innovative, compelling, and non-traditional visual storytelling on social issues relevant to the Arab world. The program has proven to be a significant stepping stone for emerging Arab photographers, providing them with the necessary resources and professional guidance to execute impactful documentary projects.

Despite the successes achieved, there are persistent structural challenges, and the importance of documentary photography practices often goes unrecognized. As we launch the tenth cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program, we reaffirm our commitment to supporting documentary photographers in the region. If you are a creative photographer working on socially engaged local stories in the Arab world, we invite you to apply for the 2023 cycle of the program.

Benefits

  • The $7,000 production grant is intended to cover:
  • Artist fees
  • Production equipment expenses
  • Research costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Other production-related costs
  • The grant also includes per diem allowances for attending the three workshops when on location. It’s important to note that ADPP will directly cover travel and accommodation expenses for these workshops.
  • The grant funds are to be used exclusively for the specified photography project and cannot be allocated for any other purpose.

Eligibility Criteria

  • This funding opportunity welcomes submissions from individuals based in and operating within the Arab region. There are no restrictions regarding age, professional experience, ethnic background, gender identity, or religious affiliation. Both established and up-and-coming photographers may submit applications.
  • While a background in documentary photography is not mandatory, the proposed project must fall within the documentary genre. Applicants should possess basic photographic skills. However, journalists or activists without photographic experience are not eligible for this grant.
  • Candidates must have complete ownership rights to the work they’re submitting. Each person is limited to one application per category.

Required Documents

Each submission must contain:

  • 10-20 photographs showcasing the early stages of the proposed project
  • A selection of images from a single portfolio that highlights the applicant’s photography skills and narrative abilities
  • Image captions are embedded in each file’s metadata, with a numbered caption list included in the support materials
  • Photos should be in JPG format, 72 dpi resolution, with the longest side measuring 1,000 pixels
  • Additional media types may be included to complement the photographs, with relevant links provided in the support materials
  • Incomplete applications missing required materials will be disqualified without the opportunity for amendment
  • Support files and project samples under 10 MB can be uploaded directly with the application
  • For larger files between 10 MB and 300 MB, applicants should provide links to file-sharing platforms (e.g., Dropbox, Vimeo, YouTube).

How To Apply for Arab Documentary Photography Program

To submit your application, access your AFAC account using your login  credentials. After signing in, navigate to the desired program’s page and select the application option. If you’re new to the platform and don’t have an account yet, you can register for one through the provided link https://www.arabculturefund.org/Register.

For additional information, visit the Official Website of the Arab Documentary Photography Program.

Application Deadline

August 1, 2024.

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