CONTACT

Currently in Canada.

Toronto: + 1 416 315 1760
Jordan: + 962 (0) 79 600 2983
E-mail: annie@anniesakkab.com

Thank you. Will return all emails within 24 hours.


BIO

A Palestinian-Canadian, born and raised in Jordan, freelance photojournalist and independent filmmaker Annie Sakkab is based in the Middle East and Canada. As a visual storyteller, Annie is drawn to explore the customs, lifestyles, and values that characterize her subjects. Annie seeks long-form narrative with a focus on women’s issues and social justice. With her work, she raises questions of identity and awareness of the experiences of exile, uprooting, and displacement among marginalized groups. Her long term project, ‘A Familiar Stranger,’ challenges contemporary western views and constructs of Middle Eastern women, and raises larger questions of how we perceive repression and freedom.


Her work is published in Canadian and International media including The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Washington Post, NPR, Bloomberg News, Die Zeit and NBC News, and worked for various humanitarian organizations such as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Mercy Corps and Danish Refugee Council (DRC).


A graduate of Loyalist College in Photojournalism and a participant in the Missouri Photo Workshop in 2014, Eddie Adams Workshop in 2017, Hot Docs Accelerator Emerging Filmmaker Lab and RIDM Talent Lab in 2019, Annie won various awards including the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) NPOY Student photographer of The Year Award (2015) and NPAC 1st Place Feature Photo in 2015 and 2016. Annie’s work has also been recognized by Ontario Newspaper Awards and Ontario Community Newspapers Association.


Annie's first short documentary Hollie’s Dress, which had it’s World Premiere at Hot Docs Canadian  International Documentary Film Festival 2020, is an official selection in over 18 international festivals and has won numerous awards including the Golden Sheaf Award at Yorkton Film Festival, Canada Life Best Short Documentary at Forest City Film Festival and Award of Excellence at Canada Shorts Film Festival.


Annie is a member of 

Boreal Collective https://www.borealcollective.com

Middle East Images https://meimages.com

Muse Projects https://www.museprojects.ca

Women Photograph https://www.womenphotograph.com

A board member at True North Photo Journal (TPNJ) http://truenorthjournal.ca



AWARDS & GRANTS

2020 

Hollie's Dress Short Documentary

Hot Docs Canadian  International Documentary Festival, Tracey Lindalee Awards, Top Finalist

Forest City Film Festival, Canada Life Best Short Documentary

Yorkton Film Festival, Golden Sheaf Award

EnergaCAMERIMAGE International Film Festival

Independent Shorts Awards, Honorable Mention

Canada Shorts Film Festival, Award of Excellence

Emerging Filmmakers Screen Awards, Award of Excellence

Cinematography Screen Awards, Golden Award

UK Fashion Film Festival

Fashion Film Festival Chicago

Venice Film Awards

Goa Short Film Festival

Best Global Shorts

Great Lakes Christian Film Festival 

GloryReelz Christian Film Fest

Austria International Film Festival

Madrid Art Film Festival

International Screen Awards

Lift-Off Global Network

American Screen Awards


2019

Talent Lab, Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM)

Doc Accelerator Emerging Filmmaker Lab, Hot Docs

NPAC / Sony Be Alpha Grant for 'A River Go By' project

Ontario Arts Council Visual Artists Creation Projects grant for 'Keepers of the Home' Project


2017

Eddie Adams Workshop, Bloomberg 2-Day Assignment Award

News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC), Feature Photo


2016
News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC), Feature Photo, Honourable Mention
Photojournalist of the Year, Ontario Newspaper Awards ‪(ONA), Finalist
Student Feature Writing, Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA), 3rd Place

2015
CPOY College Photographer of the Year, Award of Excellence, Portrait category
NPAC NPOY Student Photographer of the Year Award
2014 National Pictures of the Year Award, Single Multimedia 'Hearts of Feather', 3rd place
2014 National Pictures of the Year Award, Single Multimedia 'To be a boy', HM
The Val Baltkalns Memorial Award, Loyalist College Faculty, recognizes excellence in editorial portraiture.
The Peter Brysky Memorial Award, Loyalist College Faculty, recognizes overall commitment to and proficiency in, the craft of Photojournalism.

2014
The Doug Wicken Award, Loyalist College Faculty, recognizes commitment and excellence in documentary photojournalism and visual storytelling in either year of the program.

2011
Pikto Top Pick Awards, Honourable Mention for 'Projections'

2010
Central Portrait Branch Print Show, 1st place winner in Child portrait

2009
Central Portrait Branch Print Show, 1st place winner, Commercial

PRESS
Format Magazine: How to become a professional photojournalist
https://www.format.com/magazine/resources/photography/how-to-become-a-photojournalist-guide

Ryerson Review of Journalism "Developing from the Negative" April 03, 2016
http://rrj.ca/developing-from-the-negative/

NOMOREPOTLUCKS "I’ll be Your Mirror: An Interview with Annie Sakkab"
http://nomorepotlucks.org/site/ill-be-your-mirror-an-interview-with-annie-sakkab-shea-chang/

The WEL-Systems Institute "Experiencing Our Beauty Through A Different Lens"
http://www.wel-systems.com/engage/?p=14508

Loyalist College "Loyalist College photojournalism student named Student Photographer of the Year.."
http://www.loyalistcollege.com/news/loyalist-college-photojournalism-student-named-student-photographer-of-the-year-by-news-photographers-association-of-canada/

EXHIBITIONS

2018

Places in Between, NUIT BLANCHE, group video instalation at Mackenzie House


2017

MUSE, A scotiabank CONTACT Featured Women Group Exhibition, Toronto


2014
The Missouri Photo Workshop Exhibition, September 2014, Platte City, USA
PhotoSensitive AgingPhoto Group Exhibition, September 2014, Toronto, Canada


2013
A Life Reclaimed, Nellie's Women Shelter, June 2013, Toronto, Canada
Insight Gallery 44 CONTACT Group Exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada
Curatorial Project Exhibiting in and co-Curating a CONTACT photo festival featured exhibition Dislocations with curator Sevan Injejikian, establishing the new Riverdale Hub Community ArtGallery, Riverdale Hub, Toronto, Canada


2012
Projections - Ghosts of Dubai's Boom, The Image Works Gallery, September 2012, Toronto, Canada
Acts of Exposure Group Exhibition, Gallery 1313, Toronto, Canada

2010
Canadian Landscape Juried Group Exhibition, Agnes Jamieson Gallery, July 2010, Minden, Canada
Public Installation, Projectons of images in a labour camp in Dubai that resulted in the creation of a series of images for ‘Projections, ghosts of Dubai’s boom’, February 2010, Dubai, UAE

2008
The Incredible Holga and Wonder Diana Group Exhibition, April 2008, Dubai, UAE


GRANTS

Ontario Arts Council for 'Keepers of the Home' project

NPAC / Sony Be Alpha Grant for 'A River Go By' project


COLLECTIONS
National Gallery, Amman, Jordan

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