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Egypt Photo Summit 2016 Finally Kicks Off

After being postponed for some months, the Egypt Photo Summit finally kicks off on November 11, setting off to boost the nation's artistic scene with a week-long series of panels and hands-on workshops for photo wizards to connect and learn.

If the RiseUp Summit has become the epicenter of entrepreneurship in the Middle East, the Egypt Photo Summit kicking off on November 11th is fast becoming a massive event catapulting a field thriving with talent - and business opportunities - in the Egyptian artistic scene. Originally set to take place in April, the event is now ready to roll its third edition, with a week-long series of panels, talks, and workshops at the buzzing Downtown Cairo's Greek Campus. 

From renowned photojournalist Ahmed Hayman, to street photography stars Abdelrahman Gabr, to conceptual master Ahmed Abi, last year’s Photo Summit was brimming with 2,500 attendees from the far corners of Egypt, from Alexandria, to Dumyat and Aswan, aiming to push a sector that has been rapidly booming in the past three years.  

Photo by Abdelaziz Mahmoud, one of the submissions submissions selected by the Egypt Photo Summit 2015 jury.

The summit will start on November 11th to 18th, a full-fledged “Photo Week” with live workshops and activities for would-be photographers and amateur practitioners to share their passion for the art. “This year, there will be international speakers for the first time,” the Summit’s founder Kareem Soliman told CairoScene. “We are introducing new topics such as 360 videos, kids photography, and compositing for comercial, and mobile photography,” Soliman explains, emphasising that more female photographers will join this edition. Speakers include celebrity street photographer Ahmed Hayman, fashion magician Batool Al Daawi, and newborns photographer Amani Ismail.   


Photo by Amir Makar, one of the submissions selected by the Egypt Photo Summit 2015 jury. 

From photographers, to filmmakers, to designers, stylists, models, producers and advertising agencies, professionals in the sector will meet to discuss all things photography and exchange ideas, showcase their work, and celebrate the creative community. Aiming to evolve into a regional hub, the summit will be divided into two days of speeches and four subsequent days of practical live workshops, with a gear fair, photo critique sessions, and reviews by experts.

For more information, check the event on Facebook, and follow the hashtags #EPS16 #EgyptPhotoWeek

Main image courtesy of Ibrahim Shawkey.