Photojournalism / Editorial Photography | Nominee

Sameer Al-Doumy

Paris / FR

War Notes


In the war, life has a different meaning, everything about the normality will just disappear. The daily routine is definitely abnormal, even if it seems normal for people who live there. Every day, bombs fall, people die, buildings will be destroyed. The reality of the war cannot be denied, however, there are people who are significantly trying to resist the bitterness of this terrible war by their determination, hope and desire to live. This project illustrates the struggle of civilians to overcome the war in the besieged area in Eastern Ghouta, Syria which was under the siege by the Syrian government forces for over 5 years. The siege has ended when the Syrian regime supported by Russian forces forcibly displaced the people to leave the area after months of heavy shelling operation that caused the death of thousands and led to full destruction in the area.


High School (Bachelor) in Douma Secondary School, Syria, 2008-2012

Agence France-Presse ( Eastern Ghouta, Syria and Paris Freelance photographer in Syria October 2014 until now. Covering the events of war in my area, documenting the siege of Ghouta that continued for over five years.
Covering the acts of the Yellow Vests in Paris.

Shafak Organisation ( Gaziantep, Turkey

Media Assistant July 2017 - January 2018. Organizing the Media department, siting a media policy, a social media policy, the evaluation plan.
Coordinating with the international partners in order to provide them with the required media coverage.
Coordinating and organizing the team in Syria besides developing their skills.

Ghouta advocacy campaign ( Istanbul, Turkey

Media Coordinator, Social Media marketing officer, January 2018 ā€“ March 2018. Receiving the media requests during the last military attack on Eastern Ghouta and coordinating with the people in the field in order to link them with the media.
Follow up the production of the media products like (Animation, Infographic, Video report, Comics etc..)
Managing the Social Media Marketing for the Facebook page, Twitter account and the Website.

Fikra Productions ( Douma, Syria

Executive manager, Videographer, February 2015 ā€“ May 2017. Follow up with our team from designers and video editors in order to provide clientsā€™ requirements.

Doing the videos and photos for the company.

Awards and Grants:
World Press Photo: 1st Prize in the Spot News Stories 2016
Istanbul Photo Awards: 5th Place in Single News 2016
Prix de la Photographie, Paris: Silver Prize at Feature Stories 2018
International Photography Awards: 3rd Place in War/Conflict 2016 and General News 2018