• 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award Finalist. Photo:Valerio Bispuri
  • 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award Finalist.Photo: Tanya Habjouqa
  • 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award Finalist. Photo:Fernando Moreles
  • 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award Finalist. Photo:Joao Pina
  • 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award Winner.Photo:Majid Saeedi
Interview by Svetlana Bachevanova

Tanya Habjouqa is a finalist of the 2014 FotoEvidence Book Award.
She was born in Jordan and educated in the United States, receiving her masters in Global Media and Middle East Politics from the University of London SOAS. Beginning her career in Texas, she documented Mexican migrant communities and urban poverty before returning to the Middle East.

Tanya is known for gaining unique access to sensitive gender, social and human rights stories in the Middle East. She is a freelance photographer, features writer, and a founding member of Rawiya photo collective (founded by five female photographers from across the Middle East).

A 2014 World Press Award winner for Daily Life, 2nd prize stories, she is also recipient of the Magnum Foundation 2013 Emergency Fund for her project, Occupied Pleasures.

Habjouqa has worked on the front lines in Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, and Gaza. Her series "Women of Gaza" is in the permanent collection of the Boston Museum of Fine Art.

Based in East Jerusalem, she is working on personal projects that explore socio-political dynamics, identity politics, occupation, and subcultures of the Levant.

Tanya received an honorable mention for the 2012 FotoVisura grant, the 2011 SND Silver Award for her Gaza story A Life Less Ordinary, the 2007 Clarion Award for coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah War for Bloomberg and the 2006 Global Health Council award for humanitarian photography with her Darfur coverage.

Her work is represented by East Wing, an international platform for photography, founded in Doha, Qatar.