2019 Arab Documentary Photography Grant Program
Deadline: May 1, 2019.
The Arab Fund for Art and Culture and the Prince Claus Fund in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation in New York, USA, launched the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) in 2014. The ADPP is a program jointly funded by AFAC and PCF, targeting creative documentary photographers in the Arab region. 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.
1. This grant is open to Arab applicants mainly those living and working in the Arab region, irrespective of age, years of experience, ethnicity, gender or religion. Exceptions are made for Arab applicants who had to flee their home countries during the past six years (since 2012) due to political unrest. Their projects must however be related to the region.
2. Professional and emerging photographers are eligible to apply. Photographers who have not specialized in documentary photography will be considered as long as the proposed work is documentary in nature.
3. Technical familiarity with photography is required. Journalists or activists who have not had experience with photography are not eligible to apply.
4. Applicants must be comfortable using English for all communication and in person discussions. The workshops and communication will be conducted in English. Translation can be provided during the workshops.
5. Applicants must be independent, i.e. not currently working under any “work for hire” agreements, and should have full copyright ownership of the work they produce.
1. AFAC’s Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) provides up to 10 production grants per cycle of 5,000 USD each. Grantees are expected to work on their projects in their country of residence over a period of 8 months. The grant may be used to begin a new project or to complete work on an existing project.
2. In addition, ADPP grantees will benefit from mentorship provided by top caliber program mentors and will be required to attend two specialized workshops to help them develop and produce their projects and consider avenues for distribution. Grantees travel and accommodation expenses during the workshops are not included in the production grant but will be covered separately by the program. The production grant does not include printing and distribution costs.
To apply, please login with your username and password. Once you login, visit the program page you are interested in applying to and click on apply. In case you don’t have an existing account, please create one here.
All applications must include:
- 10 – 20 images from the initial stages of the proposed project.
- Images from any single body of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability as a photographer and a visual storyteller.
- Captions should be included in the metadata of each image file. A numbered caption sheet is requested in the supporting material zip file.
- Images should be JPGs, 72 dpi, and longest edge 1,000 pixels.
Additional media as supplement to the still photographs are accepted. Applicant needs to include the corresponding links in the supporting material zip file.
- Applications lacking in supporting material will not be considered for evaluation nor will the applicant be contacted to send the missing material.
- Supporting files/samples of current submitted project and/or previous work smaller than 10 MB can be uploaded directly to the application.
- Supporting files/samples of current submitted project and/or previous work between 10 MB and 300 MB should be included as links to files on sharing websites (such as Dropbox, Vimeo, YouTube…).
- For further inquiries regarding supporting material, contact AFAC grants management team.