2009, in Egypt, in pictures

As Al Ahram Weekly has reported, the Sawy Center recently hosted a large photojournalism competition. 

The winning photo in the news category was this picture of Sheikh Tantawi lifting a girl's niqab. Whatever you think of the niqab (personally I believe an argument for its harmful effect and its restriction can be persuasively made) there is a startling disrespect in the gesture. 

The photographer digitally altered the girl's face.

Interestingly, another award-winning picture also required the digital alteration of a female face--that of the girl being groped at the forefront.

These girls are being sexually harassed during the Eid holiday at Al Fustat park. 

Other photographs documented seasonal problems (the burning of rice chaff); particular upheavals (the pig culling--watch out, the picture is graphic); or scenes from daily life such as, below, children playing a game with bottle caps. 

You can see more of the pictures (if you scroll down) here



Ursula Lindsey

Ursula Lindsey is the managing editor of the Arabist blog. She writes about culture, education and politics in the Arab world. She lived in Cairo from 2002 to 2013 and got her start at the ground-breaking independent magazine Cairo Times. She was the culture editor of Cairo magazine in 2005-2006 and served as special projects editor at the independent news site Mada Masr in 2013-2014. She is the Chronicle of Higher Education's Middle East correspondent. She contributes to the BBC-PRI radio program The World, and has written for Newsweek, The New York Times, The New Yorker online, Bookforum and the blog of the London Review of Books.