Arab Documentary Photography Open Call 2019

This grant is open to Arab applicants

The Arab Fund for Art and Culture (AFAC) and the Prince Claus Fund, in partnership with the Magnum Foundation, are delighted to announce the sixth cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme (ADPP).

Through a partnership with the Arab Fund for Art and Culture, together with the Magnum Foundation, we launched the Arab Documentary Photography Program (ADPP) in 2014. ADPP supports 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.

The focus of the Arab Documentary Photography Programme is to support compelling non-stereotypical and unconventional visual documentation of important social issues and narratives relevant to the Arab region. In recognition to the image’s power to document, educate and advocate, the ADPP will also explore ways by which documentary photography can reach out to wider audiences and engage with them in a compelling and impactful ways. Photographers may propose to work in a range of non-fiction narrative styles, from classic documentary photography to more experimental visual storytelling, and may propose to include audio and video elements.


To raise the level of creative documentary photography in the Arab region;
To train photographers and expand their approaches to visual storytelling;
To share strong visual narratives from the Arab region regionally and internationally;
To explore wider access to documentary photography and a more active engagement with its audiences


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. 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.

The grantee will receive 60% of the grant amount as a first payment upon approval of the implementation plan. The second payment of 40% will be made at the beginning of the second workshop and after the mentors approves the progress made by the grantee allowing him/her to participate into the second workshop.


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.

Copyrights & Usage Rights:

The grantees retain the copyright to their work, but grant AFAC and PCF a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, and worldwide license to the images created under the grant for Web and exhibition use as well as audio-visual and multi-media, in order to help attain the objectives of the PCF and AFAC as part of its communication, PR and fundraising efforts. The PCF and AFAC are allowed to make derivative works from the copyright materials in any and all forms. The termination of the ADPP grant will not affect or end the license granted.