World Press Photo 2021

Africa Open Format

Bedouins have inhabited the Sinai peninsula for centuries and have long faced discrimination. They are still perceived as having been collaborators during the Israeli occupation of the Sinai from 1967 to 1982, when the Bedouins remained to protect their land. Bedouin women have also been misrepresented and stereotyped in Egyptian media. Challenging these stereotypes in the project, portraits of women from the community, printed on fabric, were embroidered by the women themselves, and men from the community contributed with handwritten poetry. The photographer is an activist and has been an active member of the community for the past 15 years.

Egypt, on Oct 1, 2020. Mr Seliman manages an eco-lodge in the valley with his cousins. Owing to Covid-19, the eco-lodge had fewer guests, so Mr Seliman redirected his focus to the family garden. Title: The Longing of the Stranger Whose Path Has Been Broken © Rehab Eldalil
A photograph of Ms Nadia, 20, embroidered by her and her cousin Mariam, 19, in St Catherine, South Sinai, Egypt, on Dec 8, 2019. © Rehab Eldalil
The Milky Way is seen above Sheikh Awad village on the night of April 7, 2017. Bedouin people have long used the stars to guide themselves through the desert. © Rehab Eldalil

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