Eleven AFAC Grantees Nominated for World Press Photo Foundation Masterclass 2020
19 Mar 2020

AFAC is very pleased to announce that 11 of its Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) grantees were nominated among 196 photographers worldwide for the World Press Photo Foundation’s Joop Swart Masterclass 2020. Of the 196 nominees, 12 participants will be selected for the masterclass.

The 11 nominees, who hail from 7 Arab countries, are Ahmed Gaber (Egypt), Ebrahim Elmoly (Egypt), Fethi Sahraoui (Algeria), Hadeer Mahmoud (Egypt), M’hammed Kilito (Morocco), Muhammad Salah (Sudan), Mustafa Saeed (Somalia), Nadine Al Koudsi (Syria), Salih Basheer (Sudan), Shaima Al Tamimi (Yemen), and Thana Faroq (Yemen).

The World Press Photo Foundation’s best known education program, the Joop Swart Masterclass, which takes the form of a week-long intensive program, encourages new and diverse approaches to documentary photography, visual journalism, and visual storytelling.

Once selected, the 12 participants must produce new work on a given theme to bring to the masterclass, which will take place in Amsterdam in September.

Six ADPP grantees had previously taken part in past editions of the Joop Masterclass, namely: Eman Helal from Egypt (2015), Hicham Gardaf from Morocco (2017), Samar Hazboun from Palestine and Tasneem Alsultan from Saudi Arabia (both in 2018), followed in 2019 by Abdo Shanan from Algeria and Zied Ben Romdhane from Tunisia.

View the full list of nominees 
For more information about the ADPP and to explore the documentary photographers’ compelling works, visit the ADPP website.