2020 Arab Documentary Photography Programme

Deadline: May 1, 2020.

The Arab Fund for Art and Culture (AFAC) and the Prince Claus Fund, in partnership with Magnum Foundation, are now accepting proposals for the seventh cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme (ADPP).


1. The ADPP supports documentary photographers in the Arab region in creating unconventional, compelling, non-stereotypical visual documentation of social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region.

2. The programme is open to Arab applicants living and working in the Arab region, irrespective of age, years of experience, ethnicity, gender or religion.

3. Exceptions are made for Arab applicants who had to flee their home countries during the past eight years (since 2012) due to political unrest. Their projects must however be related to the region. Technical familiarity with photography is required. 


1. This USD 5.000 production grant shall be used to cover the artist fees, any needed production equipment cost, any research costs, travel and other expenses related to the production.

2. Additionally, the grant covers per diem (when on location) and visa fees associated with attendance of the two workshops.  (Note: Travel and accommodation costs related to the workshops will be covered directly by ADPP).  Grant funds will be used solely for the undertaking of the described photography project and not for any other purpose.


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.



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