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Arab Documentary Photography Program

Organisation: Arab Fund for Art and Culture

Status: Closed

  • Grant
  • Media support

Funding Size: 7000 USD

Deadline: 20/12/2023

  • Eligibility:
    – This grant is open to applicants from, living and working in the Arab region, irrespective of age, years of experience, ethnicity, gender, or religion. 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. Technical familiarity with photography is required.
    – Journalists or activists who have not had experience with photography are not eligible to apply.
    – Applicants must be independent, i.e. they must possess full copyright ownership of the project they are applying with.
    – Each applicant is entitled to only one application in the same category.
  • Type of funding: Programmatic
  • Target countries: Arab region
  • Application languages: English or Arabic

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

With the tenth cycle of the Arab Documentary Photography Program, they commit to continuing the urgent work of providing support to documentary photographers in the region.

In recognition of the image’s power to document, educate, and advocate, ADPP will explore ways by which documentary photography can reach out to wider audiences and engage with them in an impactful way. 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.

Program Details

  • The $7.000 production grant is to 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) associated with the attendance of the three 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.
  • AFAC will not provide support retroactively to projects that have already been completed.
  • For projects that have already started, AFAC will cover the expenses starting from the signature of the contract, if the project is selected.
    The workshops and communication will be conducted in English and Arabic. Translation will be provided during the workshops.
  • The project’s time frame should not exceed 10 months. A maximum of 9 months will be used for mentorship and/or consultancy, and 1 additional month will be dedicated for the final implementation and production phase.
  • Grantees retain copyright over their work, but grant the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, the Prince Claus Fund, and the Magnum Foundation a non-exclusive, royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, and worldwide license to the images created under the grant to be used in order to help attain the objectives of the partners as part of their communication, PR and fundraising efforts. The partners are allowed to make derivative works from copyright materials in any and all forms. The termination of the fellowship program will not affect or end the license granted.

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