Kamaran Awards

Do you know a journalist who has persevered through difficult circumstances in order to report out stories that break down ethnic, cultural, and religious barriers and works to foster collaboration with other journalists?

Named for photojournalist Kamaran Najm, who disappeared while covering fighting between the Kurdish Peshmerga and ISIS in Kirkuk in northern Iraq in 2014, the Kamaran Awards are being presented for the first time this year by Metrography, the photojournalism agency that he co-founded.


The first is a grant of $12,000 that will be awarded to a journalist working in any medium (photojournalism, writing, radio, and/or video) to enable them to pursue a long-term reporting project of their choice.

Nominations for this grant are open from now until February 18, 2022. The winner will be decided by a distinguished panel.

The second award is designed to highlight the work of a photojournalist who has disappeared while on assignment.



Who is eligible for the Kamaran Awards?

The nomination of any working journalist of any nationality will be considered. They should have a substantive and accomplished body of original reportage that was achieved while facing considerable challenges.
Their work should in some way accord with Metrography’s mission statement of breaking down ethnic, cultural, and religious barriers and fostering peer-to-peer collaboration and learning.

Who can make nominations?

Anyone can make nominations for the grant for the reporter. You can nominate yourself.

When will the award be presented?

The award ceremony will take place in June 2022 in Sulaymaniyah.

How do I make a nomination?

Please fill out this application form to send in information about the nominee. If you have any questions, you can reach out to [email protected].

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What is Metrography?

Metrography was founded in 2010 by Kurdish-Iraqi photographer Kamaran Najm and American photojournalist Sebastian Meyer, with the objective of establishing an independent photojournalism industry in Iraq that breaks down ethnic, cultural, and religious barriers, fosters peer-to-peer collaboration and learning and celebrates Iraq’s diversity and history. Over the years, Metrography has gained worldwide recognition and the work of its photographers has been exhibited internationally and published on some of the most renowned media outlets.

Who was Kamaran Najm?

Kamaran Najm was an Kurdish-Iraqi photographer and founder of Metrography, the first Iraqi photo agency. During his career Kamaran worked for leading international wire agencies such as Reuters and the Associated Press. He also photographed for The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The Times of London, The Financial Times magazine, and numerous other newspapers and magazines. His awards include the prestigious World Press Photo MENA Masterclass.
He disappeared while covering fighting between the Kurdish Peshmerga and ISIS in Kirkuk on June 12, 2014.

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