Eman Helal 
Documentary and Editorial storyteller 
Born in SAU and grew up in Cairo.

 Based in Hamburg, Germany. 

Eman Helal is an Egyptian freelance photographer based in Hamburg. She covers stories in Germany, the Middle East, Africa, and the USA. She is dedicated to covering hard news and documentary projects with a human rights focus. Eman is a co-author of two books: "Balas para todas" / 2021, and "Our women on the ground" / 2019. She was a Jury member of the TPS Photo Awards 2017, Egypt Press Photo award 2016, and Shawkan photo award 2015.

In Egypt, she covered the uprising in 2011 and the aftermath. Her documentary work focused on Women's rights, sexual harassment, and Copts' rights.

She studied journalism and storytelling through many international programs:
2020-present: Master of Arts at FH Bielefeld
2019 Diploma in HochSchule Hannover 
2017-2018 Diploma in DMJX in Denmark 
2016 / Magnum Foundation Photography & Human Rights Production Lab in CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in NYC
2016 / RSIC first aid training in Italy 
2016 / Dart Center's 'Reporting Safely in Crisis Zones' course at Colombia University in NYC
2015 / Joop Swart Masterclass organized by World Press Photo in Amsterdam
2014 / Arab Documentary Photography Program organized by Magnum, Prince Clause Fund, and AFAC in Lebanon
2014 / World Press Photo Multimedia Course as part of the reporting change program in Arab spring countries in Tunisia and Turkey
2013 / NYU & Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights program in NYC
2013 / The NOOR-Nikon Masterclass in Conflict Photography in Bayeux, France
2012 / Visual storytelling in an open society workshop with NOOR Images, Al-Liquindoi, and CIC in Egypt

Eman's work published in many international publications:
AP / New York Times / Time / Stern Magazine / Washington Post / Guardian / Polka magazine / Trouw Jornal / Die Weltwoche / Causette Magazine / Sur journal / D La Republic magazine / VQR / CNN

Eman works with NGOs like Oxfam, UN Women, UNIDO , Plan, Drosos , and Körber Stiftung. 

Eman's photographs are exhibited in different  festivals and exhibitions:
2022 / "Biographies in Motion" - solo exhibition in Berlin
2021 / "Stories behind Moving on" - solo exhibition in Hannover in Germany
2019 / "Hakawi - Contemporary Egyptian Tales", Cité Internationale des arts, in Paris, France
2017 / Pil'Ours festival for women photographers in Saint Gilles de Vie in France 
2016 / ”What Works” Magnum Foundation Group Exhibition in Bronx documentary center in NYC
2015 / "The way I live” exhibition in Saint Petersburg, Russia
2015 / "The Stories of Change” exhibition in Amsterdam, Netherland
2015 / DOCfield Barcelona festival in Barcelona, Spain
2015 / Just Another photo festival in India
2014 / Photoriginal festival in China
2014 / Addis photo festival in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2012 / “Cairo Open City-New Testimonies from an Ongoing Revolution” (Museum of Photography) in Braunschweig Germany
2011 /  “The People is a Red Line” exhibition in Egypt
2008 - 2016 The Egyptian Press Syndicate Annual Exhibition

Books/ contributed in :
Balas para todas 2021
Our women on the ground 2019
Conversations on: Conflict photography 2019
Mfon: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

Eman's work won :
The third prize in 2017 from the Egypt Press Photo Award 
The Portenier Human Rights Bursary 2016 from the Canadian Journalism Forum on Violence and Trauma
The first prize in 2014 from the Egypt Press Photo Award
The third prize in 2011 from the Egypt Press Photo Award

Email: emanhelal9@gmail.com 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emanhelal754/