Mohammed Badra


Mohammed Badra is a photographer from Syria. It was never his intention to become a photographer, he had to become one out of necessity. In 2012, when the Syrian Revolution started, the regime ripped him away from his life, his university studies in architecture, and any chance of leaving Douma in Eastern Ghouta, where he lived under seige for the past seven years.

It was while Badra worked as a first aid responder that he started to take his first pictures as an amateur photographer. It wasn’t until the chemical attack on Ghouta in 2013, when he witnessed a horrific atrocity, that he realized the power that photographs have to capture humanity and history.

That year, he started sending pictures for Reuters as a freelance photographer, and in 2015 Badra started working with EPA as a staff photographer based in Douma.

In 2016, he was awarded Young Photographer of the Year in the Prix Bayeux-Calvados War Correspondents Competition. The same year, he was named Time Magazine’s Wire Photographer of the Year for 2016, and won 3rd prize in UNICEF’s Photo of the Year.

In 2018, he received the Marco Luchetta Award for Photography, 1st place in News/Events of IPPAWARDS, and second place in News pictures story of Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. In April 2018, Badra was forcibly displaced from his home in Douma to Idlib, and eventually left Syria for Turkey.

World Press Photo Involvement: 
Award-winning photographer 2019 Photo Contest

Mohammed Badra on Social Media: 
Twitter: @badramamet

Mohammed Badra

Photo credit: Asmaa Al Omar