The Japanese corporation Canon selects photographers from around the globe for its outstanding Ambassador Program. The initiative brings together some of the world’s best photographers and videographers from across Europe, the MENA region and Africa to collaborate with Canon, and they just added three Arab photographers to the list!
The Canon Ambassador program was initially launched in 2008. Each year, a bunch of new ambassadors join the ranks of carefully-picked image-makers who initiated change and share Canon’s passion for visual storytelling. This year, Canon expanded the program with 59 new professionals joining the ranks, including three Middle Eastern creatives.
Joining the program this year from the Arab world are Saudi-American investigative photographer and story teller Tasneem Al-Sultan, Jorge Ferrari, a UAE-based action and commercial photographer and Jordanian photographer, Muhammed Muheisen, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner.
Muhammed Muheisan is a Jordanian national who was born in Jerusalem. He’s a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner & National Geographic photographer. Throughout his whole year he’s been documenting the refugee crisis around the world and now he’s the founder and chairman of the Dutch non-profit organization Everyday Refugees Foundation; he is also global Ambassador for Jordan Tourism Board, Royal Jordanian Airlines and Canon.
Saudi Arabian Tasneem Al-Sultan became the first Arab woman photographer to be selected for Canon’s Ambassador program. Al-Sultan is known for documenting groundbreaking developments in the Kingdom. She is not only a national geographic contributor but also a wedding photographer under the name of Tasneem Sultan weddings.
Jorge Ferrari is known for his specialization in sports photography, event coverage and car photography. Ferrari has also worked with international and local companies such as Emaar, Ski Dubai and Polaris.
The three photographers were selected by a panel of 13 judges who were evaluated based on their coverage of news, documentaries, wildlife, weddings, and more.
“The Middle East is home to a rich pool of talent and we are proud to offer a platform that showcases the creativity of the region,” said Binoj Nair, B2C Marketing Director at Canon Middle East, in a press statement.