Sima is a Syrian-American photographer based between Cairo, Egypt and Beirut, Lebanon.

Her photographic work focuses on features, daily life, environmental and social conditions in the Arab diaspora and Arab world including refugee and migration issues. Sima studied between Damascus and Texas, until moving permanently to the Middle East in 2003. She has lived and worked across the region in Damascus, Beirut and Baghdad until settling in Cairo, Egypt in 2007. 

Her work has been published in The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, M Le Monde Magazine,  BuzzfeedNews, LA Times, Bloomberg News, The Associated Press, Marie Claire, NRC Handelsblad, The Daily Telegraph, The Globe and Mail, Foreign Policy among others, as well have produced international and regional work for aid organizations, like Plan International, MSF, Save the Children, UNFPA and MSIF.

Awards & Recognition:

  • The Kalish Visual Editing Storytelling Workshop, Awarded The John Ahlhauser and Bob Gilka Memorial Scholarship, June 2019
  • DART Center Reporting Institute Columbia "Covering Children & the Syrian Refugee Crisis", participant & speaker, January 2019
  • 2016 James Foley Award for Conflict Reporting from the Online News Association
  • Selected winner of American Photography Best of Photography 2015 AP32. 
  • Grant recipient 2015 Arab Documentary Photography Program  from AFAC/Prince Claus Fund/Magnum Foundation. 

Sima is a member of the Frontline Freelance Register and the Overseas Press Club of America. 



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