CONTACT

Currently in Spain.

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. 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, Netflix, British Journal of Photography, The Walrus, Bloomberg News, and NBC News. She also worked as Photo Editor for the Globe and Mail and Video Producer, Filmmaker, and Photographer for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Danish Refugee Council (DRC). 


A graduate of Loyalist College in Photojournalism, Annie is a participant in the DOC Institute Breakthrough Program 2022, Toronto Palestine Film Festival Local Pals Residency 2021, Missouri Photo Workshop in 2014, Eddie Adams Workshop in 2017, Hot Docs Accelerator Emerging Filmmaker Lab in 2019, and RIDM Talent Lab in 2019. Annie won the News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC) NPOY Student photographer of The Year Award (2015), CPOY College Photographer of the Year Award: Award of Excellence in Portraiture (2015), and the NPAC 1st Place Feature Photo (2016 and 2017), among other awards. 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

2021

Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Local Pals Residency, The Poem We Sang


2020 

Hollie's Dress Short Documentary (Elmira/Canada) 46 Festivals, 15 Awards, 

Supported by The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), CBC Gem


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


ADVISORY


2022 

Toronto Palestine Film Festival (TPFF) 

Participation in the judging process for this year's edition of TPFF Local Pals Residency


ADC 101st Annual Awards

Participation in the judging process for 2022 edition, the 100 anniversary of the competition


COLLECTIONS
National Gallery, Amman, Jordan

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