Egypt’s 2016 in pictures- Shawkan’s Photography competition


This year Shawkan’s Photography competition included photojournalism and daily life pictures. MadaMasr published the short listed here , and they are really worth the browse. And the winners are announced on the competition’s Facebook page.

Shawkan is a photojournalist who has been in prison since 2013, the competition aims to draw attention to his case. The two picture I picked to show here were taken by  Mohamed al-Rifai (up) and Suheil Saleh (bottom), I don’t think either made it to the three winning ones. The short list is filled with gems. It might be a bit cliché to chose one with laughter and kids and another with tears over the church bombings. But I thought they were beautiful, it is almost impossible to imagine that kind of joy in a public bus which has all the connotations of Cairene hell. May be also because I just recently had a chat with an old  friend of mine, about the absurdity – but perhaps inevitability- of hope in a place like this, and all the emotions that come and run away, in a place like this.