Changing Focus Photography Competition in Egypt (Deadline extended to Feb 15)

Pathways of Women’s Empowerment Middle East Hub is sponsoring the Changing Focus photography competition, intended to encourage local photographers in Egypt to visually present the exchanges between women and their communities and challenge photographers to change their focus, to creatively represent women’s empowerment.

Each candidate will submit images and a short written entry to the competition.  Those submissions will be judged and twenty candidates will be selected to participate in a workshop on representing gender issues through art.  The twenty candidates will then enter the second round of the competition.  They will be asked to go out and take more photos keeping in mind the training they have received.  They will also be asked to write a proposal about a photography project that they imagine doing.  All candidates will have their images exhibited in a gallery.  The grand prize winner will also receive 5000 EGP to carry out their dream photography project relating to women in Egypt.

Candidates must either be native to Egypt or have lived in Egypt for the past year

Interested candidates should submit the following materials by February 15, 2010:

  1. Up to 3 photographs pertaining to the subject may be submitted digitally.  These can be individual photographs or a series of photographs.  Images only, please. Do not submit images in a movie or slideshow format.  The resolution of each image must be at least 100 dpi and cannot exceed 1000 pixels on the longest side.  Images should be submitted as JPEG files with compression 8-10.
  2. A written statement explaining the images (300-500 words in total) in English or in Arabic is also required.  Within the theme of changing focus on women, describe what your photographs convey or reflect.
  3. Completed Application form (attached)  to Kristina Hallez at or Heba Gowayed at

Please find the application below.

Application for Pathways “Changing Focus” Photography Competition

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