Between 2010 and 2016, the Art Jameel Photography Award welcomed more than 3000 participants – an indication of the interest in and enthusiasm for photography in the Kingdom. (Main image: ‘Proof of Presence’ by Mai AlMoataz, winner of AJPA 2016).

In 2017, Art Jameel builds further on this momentum by focusing on year-round learning and community development. Photography Jameel aims to nurture the grassroots movement in KSA; its activities include workshops, portfolio reviews, talks and more, all aimed at providing opportunities for photographers and artists to share experiences and techniques, plus access to expertise and networks.

A collaboration with Pharan Studio has seen us invest in creating the first community darkroom in Jeddah, which formed the basis of a set of intensive three-day workshops developed through February 2017 with visiting USA-based photographer Osama Esid.

Initiatives continue through 2017 across Saudi Arabia; all interested artists and photographers are welcome to join by signing up here