Based: between Alexandria, Egypt & Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Field experience: Africa & Europe.
Heba Khamis (Dec1988), an Egyptian independent visual researcher concentrates on sensitive tabooed social issues related to the body. In 2018-2019 her projects were awarded at the World Press Photo. Among other international awards include PHmuseum and the Ian Parry awards. Since 2020, Heba is represented by NOOR images agency.
After graduating with a bachelor in painting, Heba did a career shift and worked as a photojournalist. She covered the two revolutions in Egypt and the aftermath. After studying visual storytelling in Denmark she decided to dedicate her career completely to long term visual storytelling.
After this shift in her career, she starts considering herself as a visual researcher, as this term describes better her complex approach to visual storytelling. She carries the ethics of traditional documentary form with strong believe in the need of integrating the subjects while telling their stories. Therefore beyond her usual photographic approach, she adds different elements and mediums belonging to the subjects of her stories.
Recently, she has been interested in art therapy, where she would like to involve the protagonists more in the creation process. By adding their drawings alongside her photographs, she aims to give them the chance to express themselves and interact in telling their own story.
2020 _ "Catchlight" Visual Leadership Fellowship.
2019 _ "world press photo" contest, second prize people singles. "Black Birds" series.
_ "Nannen Preis" award, shortlisted, photo-reportage. "Banned Beauty"series.
_ "World press photo" 6x6 Global Talent Program, Africa.
2018 _ "world press photo" contest, first prize, contemporary issues stories. "Banned Beauty"series.
_ "Reuters Pictures" grant .
_"Through a Women’s Lens" award, Honorable Mention. "Banned Beauty"series.
2017 _ "Ian Parry scholarship", commended. "Banned Beauty"series.
_ "PHmuseum" Women Photographers, second prize. "Banned Beauty"series.
2018, Arab Documentary Photography Program, Magnum Foundation & the Prince Claus Fund (PCF).
2017, Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo.
2013, “The international reportage” masterclass, A joint project between "The Oslo and Akershus” University College of applied sciences, “Pathshala South Asian Media” Institute, and “Contemporary Image collective” in Egypt.
2020, Diploma in art therapy, Metafora centre of art therapy studies, Spain. (ongoing online studies)
2017, Diploma in photojournalism in faculty of applied science and arts. Hannover university, Germany.
2016, Diploma in photojournalism from Danish school of media and journalism. Aarhus, Denmark.
2011, Bachelor in Painting. Faculty of Fine Arts, Alexandria University, Egypt.
Photojournalist : 2012 - 2015
2013 - 2015 , “AP” The Associated press news agency in Egypt ,Freelancer.
2013 - 2015, “EPA” European press photo agency in Egypt. Freelancer.
2013, “Moheet” website in Egypt. staff photographer.
2013, “Xinhua " news agency in Egypt. Freelancer.
2012 - 2015, “El Tahrir” newspaper in Egypt. staff photographer.