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The Ali Mustafa Memorial Award for People’s Journalism

Applications now open!

Value: $3,000
Apply Now | Deadline: December 15, 2016

The Ali Mustafa Memorial Collective is pleased to announce the 2017 round of the Ali Mustafa Memorial Award for People’s Journalism. The award honours Ali’s life and work by supporting other freelance journalists documenting causes or issues related to struggles for social justice.

Ali Mustafa was a freelance photojournalist whose images from Syria, Egypt, Palestine, Brazil and his native Toronto captured both the resilience of ordinary people in conflict zones and the spirit of resistance and revolution. Reporting from the front lines, Ali’s work was featured in The Guardian, Le Nouvel Observateur, Journal du Dimanche, Les Echos, and The Times of London. On 9 March 2014, Ali was killed in Aleppo by an explosion from a barrel bomb dropped by a Syrian government aircraft. Ali was photographing the destruction and helping those who had just moments earlier been hit by a barrel bomb. Ali was only 29 years old at the time.

The Ali Mustafa Memorial Award for People’s Journalism seeks to remember Ali, pay tribute to his craft, and offer assistance to other freelance journalists who lack institutional support. Ultimately, the award seeks to honour Ali’s unwavering belief in a journalism that both popularizes and contributes to social justice struggles around the world.

Applications be will be accepted until 15 December 2016. Please visit to find out more about the award and how to apply.

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