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“AFAC’s New Special Program: The Arab European Creative Platform”

Photo by: Amira Al Sharif

Launch of the second cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP)

01 Feb, 2015 

The Arab Fund for Art and Culture (AFAC) and the Prince Claus Fund (PCF) in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation (MF) in New York, USA, are delighted to announce the second cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP). The ADPP is a program jointly funded by AFAC and PCF that is running from 2014 to 2016, targeting creative documentary photographers in the Arab region. The second call for proposals is now open and 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 grantees are expected to dedicate sufficient time to their projects for the duration of the grant period and will be required to hand over the agreed-upon deliverables on time.


The focus of the Arab Documentary Photography Program is to support compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. In recognition of the image’s power to document, educate and advocate, the ADPP will also explore ways by which such a body of work can reach out to wider audiences and engage with them in compelling and impactful ways. Photographers may propose to work in a range of nonfiction narrative styles, from classic documentary photography to more experimental visual storytelling, and may propose to include audio and video elements.


ADPP’s objectives are:

1. To raise the level of creative documentary photography in the Arab region;

2. To train photographers and expand their approaches to visual storytelling;

3. To share strong visual narratives from the Arab region regionally and internationally; and

4. To explore wider access to documentary photography and a more active engagement with its audiences


The tentative schedule for the second cycle is as follows:

- February 1st, 2015:          Open the call for proposals;

- May 10th, 2015:                Close call

- July 7th, 2015:              Announcement of the selected grantees

- August 13-16th, 2015:         First Workshop

- February 13-16th, 2016:            Second Workshop


We cordially invite all interested and eligible photographers to apply to this program.


Please consult the Grant Guidelines before applying.


To apply, please login with you username and password. Once you login you will be directed to the applications page. In case you don’t have an existing account, please create one here.


Deadline for applications is May 10th, 2015


About the Prince Claus Fund (PCF)

The Prince Claus Fund supports artists, critical thinkers and cultural organizations in spaces where freedom of cultural expression is restricted by conflict, poverty, repression, marginalization or taboos. Based on the principle that culture is a basic need, the mission of the Fund is to actively seek cultural collaborations and foster groundbreaking networks, based on equality and trust. The Fund works with partners of excellence, in spaces where resources and opportunities for cultural expression, creative production and research are limited and cultural heritage is threatened. These regions include Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and (non-EU) Eastern Europe.


About the Magnum Foundation (MF)

Magnum Foundation’s mission is to sustain the practice of in-depth, independent documentary photography as a critical tool that serves society by fostering empathy, engagement, and positive social change. MF seeks to develop new strategies for increased exposure and impact of documentary photographers in an ever-changing media landscape. The photographers of Magnum Photos founded the independent, non-profit Magnum Foundation in 2007 to carry forward Magnum’s high standards for long-form documentary storytelling in the 21st century.


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