Training photographers in the Middle East and North Africa

Training photographers in the Middle East and North Africa

In 2008 and 2009, World Press Photo organized a region-wide training program for photojournalists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). A combination of online and face-to-face workshops offered 15 photographers impulse in developing photojournalistic, editing and post-production skills.

The first part of the program, carried out in cooperation with the London College of Communications, consisted of a 16-week online course, given in Arabic by two local tutors - Aladin Abdel Naby (Egypt) and Rula Halawani (Palestinian Territories). Next came a week-long workshop in Istanbul, in which the participants identified and shot picture stories. The five most promising candidates were invited to a follow-up course on storytelling, ending in a further workshop in April 2010. Additionally, a workshop was given for ten photo editors in the region on picture editing and picture management

An independent committee comprising Ayperi Ecer (Sweden/Turkey), vice-president pictures at Reuters; Gary Knight (UK), art director of Dispatches quarterly and photographer with VII Photo Agency, and Andrei Polikanov (Russia), director of photography at Russian Reporter Magazine, selected the participants:

  • Myriam Abdelaziz, Egypt
  • Ons Abid, Tunisia
  • Julie Adnan, Iraq
  • Carole Al-Farah, Syria
  • Ahmed Al-Husseiney Hameed, Iraq
  • Laura Boushnak, Palestinian Territories
  • Khaled Dessouki, Egypt
  • Grace Kassab, Lebanon
  • Abid-Rahman Katib, Palestinian Territories
  • Dalia Khamissy, Lebanon
  • Salah Malkawi, Jordan
  • Haitham Mussawi, Lebanon
  • Kamaran Najm, Iraq
  • Ali Nouraldine, Palestinian Territories
  • Mohammed Saber, Palestinian Territories

The project has been made possible with support from Free Voice, Burafo and Oxfam Novib.

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