Laura El-Tantawy’s Profile

Laura El-Tantawy is an Egyptian photographer living between Cairo and London. She is represented by VII Photo Mentor. She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents & grew up between Saudi Arabia & Egypt.

In 2002, El-Tantawy started her career as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Sarasota Herald-Tribune (USA). In 2006, she became freelance so she could focus on pursuing personal projects. Her work has been recognized across several international awards including 2013 Finalist PHE Ojodepez Award for Human Values, 2013 Winner Cortona on the Move OFF CIRCUIT, 2013 HM Fotovisura Grant as well as being selected in 2012 in FOAM Magazine’s annual TALENT edition, 2012 Finalist Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography Grant, 2012 4th Place Photocrati Fund, 2011 Finalist Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre, 2011 Finalist, Ian Parry Scholarship, 2011 Finalist BURN magazine Emerging Photographer Fund (EPF). Additionally the work has been exhibited internationally, including solo and group shows in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

In 2014, El-Tantawy founded Cairo Photo Slide Jam, a monthly-curated show of photography from Egypt by local and international photographers. The aim is to highlight work from her native country and elevate the level of photography in Egypt as well as promote awareness about the difficulties and challenges faced by photographers in Egypt.

El-Tantawy is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (USA) with a dual degree journalism and political science. / /

+44 (0) 7766454712 (UK) / +2 01158410637 (EGYPT)


2013/current   Represented by VII Photo Mentor

2013/current   Participant Northern Lights Masterclass, Noorderlicht Gallery, Groningen, The Netherlands

2013            Instructor Photographic Storytelling - Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Cairo, Egypt

2013            Instructor Photojournalism & Street Photography - Contemporary Image Collective (CIC), Cairo, Egypt       

2010/11           MA Art and Media Practice, University of Westminster - London, UK

2008/11           Participant Reflexions Masterclass - Venice, Italy

2009                 Research fellow, University of Oxford - Oxford UK                   

2002                 ABJ/BA dual degree journalism & political science, University of Georgia - Athens, Georgia (USA)


2013   Finalist PHE Ojodepez Award for Human Values

2013   Winner Cortona on the Move OFF Circuit

2013   HM Fotovisura Grant

2012   Selected FOAM TALENT 6th edition

2012   Finalist Photolucida Critical Mass

2012   4th Place Winner, Photocrati Fund

2012   Finalist Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography Grant

2012   Finalist “The Art of Documentary”

2012   Top Finalist FotoVisura Grant 2011

2011   HM Lens Culture International Exposure Awards

2011   Finalist Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre

2011   Finalist Ian Parry Scholarship

2011   Finalist, BURN magazine Emerging Photographer Fund (EPF)

2011   Selected Review Santa Fe

2010   Finalist Visura Spotlight Grant

2010   Finalist Photocrati Fund

2009   HM London International Creative Competition (LICC)

2008   Judges Special Honors The Visual Culture Awards

2008   HM Winephoto contest

2007   Winner Toscana Arti Fotografiche’s LUCCA Digital Photo Contest

2004   3rd Place Winner General News, National Press Photographers Association


2014   Backlight Photofestival - Norway

2014   Oxford Photofestival – Oxford, UK

2013   "The Sacred Paths", Modem Museum - Hungary

2013   Cortona on the Move OFF Circuit – Italy

2013   Look 13, International Photography Festival, “In the Shadow of the Pyramids” – Liverpool, UK

2013   Gulf Photo Plus, “The Veil” (solo) – Dubai, UAE

2013   Chobi Mela Festival, “In the Shadow of the Pyramids” (solo) - Bangladesh

2012   Screening 8th Angkor Photo festival – Siem Reap, Cambodia

2012   FOAM TALENT outdoor exhibition (group) – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2012   Fotovisura Grant Winners (group), United Photo Industries - NYC, USA

2012   "The Art of Documentary” (group), PowerHouse Arena - NYC, USA

2012   “Women on the Verge” (group), The Empty Quarter Gallery – Dubai, UAE

2011   New Delhi Photo Festival, “I’ll Die For You: suicide in rural india” (group) – New Delhi, India

2011   Third Floor Gallery, "Arab Revolutions" (group) - Cardiff, Whales, UK

2011   Exhibition/film screening, “I’ll Die For You: suicide in rural india” (solo), Chainstore - London, UK

2011   "I'll Die For You: suicide in rural india" (solo), Reciprocity Studio - Vermont, USA

2011   The North Wall Arts Centre, “The Veil” (group) – Oxford, UK

2011   Tache Gallery, “Revolutions” (group) – Cairo, EGYPT

2011   “Humankind” Power House Arena (group) – NYC, USA

2010   Noorderlicht Photo Festival (group) – Leeuwarden, The Netherlands.

2010   Bedfordbury Gallery (group) – Covent Garden, London, UK

2009   Italian Institute for Culture (group) – Paris, France

2007   Zen Gallery (group) – Bangkok, Thailand

2007   LUCCA Digital Photo Contest (group) – Italy



2013   Eyemazing, The New Collectible Art Photography, published by Thames & Hudson

2013   National Geographic Magazine, 125th Anniversary Collector's Edition, "The Visual Village" (October 2013)

2013   OjodePez, PHE Award 2013

2013   Le Monde France "Egypte: jours de haine et de sang"

2013   TIME magazine international edition, “Faith and the Campus” (June 10, 2013)

2013   The Australian Photojournalist, “Food” issue features “I’ll Die For You: suicide in rural india”

2013   Marie Claire Italy, “The Veil”

2013   Global Post, “Egyptian Christians Losing Sense of Home”

2012   New Yorker Magazine Instagram Feed

2012   FOAM TALENT issue #32

2012   Rear View Mirror (RVM) issue #7, “I’ll Die For You: suicide in rural india”

2012   Orion Magazine, “Fallowed Lives: A Growing India Leaves its Farmers in the Dust”

2012   Vrij Nederland, “Corniche el-Nil 1095, Cairo: Een Oud Huis in Het Nieuwe Egypte”

2012   I Want You magazine, “The Veil”

2011   Burn Magazine, “Cairo: Reda Abdelaziz Mohamed”

2011   TIME magazine Lightbox, “The Veil: Rich with Elegance & Controversy”

2011   The Sunday Times magazine Spectrum, “Ian Parry Scholarship 2011 Finalists”

2011   New York Times Lens Blog, “I’ll Die For You”

2011   GUP magazine, “The Veil”

2011   International Herald Tribune Global Agenda magazine, “Witness to Revolution”

2011   British Journal of Photography, “Laura El-Tantawy’s New Chapter”

2011   Sowar magazine, “Egyptian Revolution”

2011   Eyemazing, “I’ll Die For You”

2011   Burn Magazine, “Egypt: Struggle for Liberty”

2011   Reflexions Masterclass “Novartis Campus Basel” published by Peliti Associati

2010   Burn Magazine, “I’ll Die For You”

2010   fLIP magazine, “I’ll Die For You”

2010   BURN01, “Fervent Spirits”

2010   Noorderlicht “LAND, Country Life in the Urban Age”

2010   Visura Magazine, spotlight feature and text titled: “Unveiling The Veil”.

2009   Burn Magazine, “Fervent Spirits”

2008   Bangkok 101, “A Glimpse of Thai-ness”

2008   National Geographic Magazine, “Dying to be Green”

2008   Harper’s Magazine, “The Mummy’s Curse: An Archeological Dispute”

2007   Editions Didier Millet, “Thailand: 9 days in the Kingdom”

2006   Saudi Aramco World, “An Oasis in the Balance.”


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