Sameer Al-Doumy, a Syrian photographer born in 1998, in the city of Douma near the Syrian capital Damascus.
Sameer Al-Doumy is a Syrian photographer born in 1998 in the city of Douma. He worked on covering the war that turns his country (Syria) for the last 7 years. He began his media work as an activist in the middle of 2011 as the Syrian peaceful uprising started.
In the middle of 2012, the Syrian regime forces besieged Douma from all sides and began attacking it. The shelling and bombing prevented him from getting to school on the day of his final exams and caused him to fail that year. Security circumstances prevented him from attending school as his city became under a tight siege by the Syrian government forces.
For 3 years, he worked on documenting by videos the human rights violations in his hometown of Douma near the Syrian capital Damascus. By the time, he gained a lot of experience, though, journalism became his interest.
In 2014, he became interested in Photography and started browsing the internet for tutorials to learn more. He developed his skills by self-training, without any special or academic studies.
In late 2014, he began working for Agency France-Press as a freelance photographer. He got many important international photography awards for his work such as:
1st Place at Spot News Stories Category in the World Press Photo 2016
Silver Prize at Feature Story Category in Prix de la Photographie (PX3) 2018
3rd Place at War/Conflict Category in International Photography Awards 2016
3rd Place at General News Category in International Photography Awards 2018
5th Place at Single News Category in Istanbul Photo Awards 2016
The Shortlist of the Alfred Fried Photography Award 2018
The Shortlist of the Xposure International Photography Contest 2018
Believing in the importance of showing the truth to the whole world, amplifying the voice of the vulnerable people, documenting the injustice and the human rights violations, spreading the news and sharing the reality. Those were the main reasons that pushed him to carry a camera and start taking photos. He believes in photography as a way to change and achieving justice, and this is what motivated him to keep working in such a harsh situation and still giving him the strength now to continue his quest.