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Finalist 2012


In the middle of hell. Syrian civilians at war


More than 35,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in Syria since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began some 20 months ago. The Syrian army daily bombards the territory, especially areas with a large concentration of civilians, as schools where women, children and elders take shelter after losing their homes, hospitals and bread lines.

The ceasefire proposed by the United Nations and accepted by both the Syrian Army and the rebels has not give any fruit as it has been broken, just hours after it began. A further 2.5 million Syrians urgently need humanitarian aid, and over 340,000 have crossed the border to Syria’s neighboring countries, according to UN estimates.


Maysun is a Spanish - Palestinian independent visual journalist based in Madrid, Spain and mainly focused on documentary and wire storytelling. The interest of learning and her desire to help people made her realize the necessity of documenting her surroundings.

With a degree in Photography, a Postgraduate Diploma in Photojournalism from Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master's Degree in Cinematography by ECAM Film School of Madrid, Maysun has been devoted to journalism since 2005, She has covered conflicts, political and social crisis and environmental issues all around the world, including Europe, especially the Balkans, Southeast Asia, North and East Africa, Central America, but with special emphasis in the Middle East.

She has worked for non-profit clients (NGOS) and national/international News Agencies such as EPA, AFP, Corbis, or ACN (Spain). Her work has been published in the most important papers, magazines and other kinds of media such as Time Magazine, The New York Times, Lens Blog by NYT, National Geographic, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Stern, Focus magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, ABC News, NBC News, Al Jazeera, Die Welt, El Pais, El Mundo, CNN, Ojo de Pez Magazine, among others.

Women Photograph, International Federation of Journalists (IJF), Foreign Correspondents’s Association of East Africa (FCAEA) Frontline Freelance Register (FFG), Reporters Without Borders fellow, she is also a RISC Training Alum and a TEDx Speaker.

Maysun combines her work as a documentary and wire photographer with painting, creative design, public speaking and teaching. She has also taken part as Cinematographer / DOP of “Llueven Vacas" (2017), a several award-winning film by director Fran Arráez and screenwriter and author of the work Carlos B., together with consecrated actors as Eduardo Noriega, Maribel Verdú, María Barranco, Laia Marull, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Asier Etxeandía, Secun de la Rosa or Victor Clavijo, among others. Maysun has starred, along with other colleagues, the latest documentary by Hernán Zin, "Dying to tell", which is currently broadcast in more than 100 countries, through NETFLIX.

In that vein, Maysun has worked in the camera department on the famous Spanish series, “Cuéntame cómo pasó” and "HIT" by RTVE.

"I'm committed to my job as I consider it as a way to be engaged and consistent with my convictions and my ethics. Journalism is a way to be engaged with our world."

"I insist."