Amira Al-Sharif is an international award-winning photojournalist with many international assignments, photo exhibitions and media coverage in Europe, the MENA region, Asia & the USA. She is a Paris-based Yemeni photographer with years of experience since 2005 in 20 countries. In 2010, she studied for a year photojournalism and documentary photography at ICP in New York.
She was a member of the 2021 jury for the Samir Kassir Foundation and the European Union Annual Press Freedom Prize. The 2019 anthology Our Women On the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting From the Arab World featured her chapter Yemeni Women with Fighting Spirits.
The essence of her artistic and journalistic practice is to spotlight intimate human stories that capture beauty, suffering, and the untold complexities in between. Celebrating rather than stereotypes these subjects while exploring how they are facing the war and its endless crises by caring for their families, communities, and societies at large. Al-Sharif implemented several assignments for National Geographic, Washington Post, Guardian, Los Angeles Review of Books, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNDP, Oxfam, Progressio, Gavi, HOOD, & Islamic Relief. Also, she received many prizes, fellowships, & nominations including the World Press Photo Foundation, Women Photograph, the Prince Claus Fund along with the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Samir Kassir Foundation & Free Press Unlimited’s Most Resilient Journalist Award. She was interviewed internationally by ARTE TV, TV5 Monde, Dutch TV, NPR, Neue Presse Hannover NP, Yemen Today English Magazine, Lens blog NY Times, PDN American photographers, National Yemen & Mujeres Mundi.
Since fleeing Yemen in 2018, due to the wartime constraints on her work, she completed a two-year-long art residency at Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris. She currently studies for a Master in Visual Art at the Beaux-Arts de Paris in addition to preparing for upcoming festivals, exhibitions, interviews, publications, and a photography book on the daily life of Yemeni women.