ABOUT 

US

Photopia is a hub for photographers living in Egypt. We serve any photography enthusiast being an emerging talent or a professional artist in an authentic friendly venue where their talents are captured, supported and enhanced. Photopia was founded by two photography enthusiasts for the purpose of creating a permanent destination for the rising photography community in Egypt. 

 

We host a various range of courses, workshops and talks by the region's renowned photographers in all fields. Our venue in East Cairo offer the Egyptian Photography community an unlimited friendly support 6 days a week, 9 hours a day. 

 

Photopia is also the publisher of Photobook Egypt and the creator of Cairo Photo Week

Photopia is a photography schoolstudio, a store & gift shop,  gallery & co-working space, Photobook Egypt curator & publisher and lately the founder and brand owner of Cairo Photo Week. 

Photopia is a full-fledged photography school in Cairo that offers a wide range of photography education through courses, workshops, talks, and master classes. Photopia is a genuine hub for photographers that offers technical and artistic advice to any photography enthusiast whether being a pro or an amateur. 

We will continue to support and nourish all photographers in the region through more international collaborations such as with Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai and the Photographers’ Gallery in London.

 

Photobook Egypt is a powerful series of photography books; each dedicated to a theme or a project photographed and narrated by remarkable Egyptian and regional photographers (whether emerging or established) and curated and published by Photopia Cairo.

 

Our aim is to offer a non-digital platform to document extraordinary photography work and make it accessible and affordable to photography enthusiasts & collectors. It is an ongoing project of enjoyable and visually rich photography that proudly represents Egypt's and the region's prominent photographers. Collecting them would be like owning a small part of Egypt on your bookshelf.

 

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OUR
FOUNDERS

 

MARWA ABOU LEILA
Co-founder and Managing Partner 

Marwa was graduated from Ain Shams University Commerce - English Section in 1999. She has been a photography enthusiast ever since. After quitting her banking career in 2011, she got together with a friend, Karim El Khadem and both founded Photopia in May 2012 for the sake of offering amateurs and pros an ongoing platform for photographers to meet up, learn, interact and get more exposure to opportunities  & to bridge with more established ones.

 

She is passionate about photographers in general and highly believes in the Egyptian photographers in specific. She believes that all they need is to bridge with role models & success stories in order to get inspired and they will do miracles. Photopia was founded on that exact foundation: to help photographers become more skilled ones. The photography school collaborates with Egypt’s and the region’s top photographers to deliver quality and valuable photography education.

 

KARIM EL KHADEM
Co-founder 

A banker. who loves the outdoors & nature: the desert, the mountains the forests & the sea.   

I started taking pictures because I wanted to document what I see, as not to forget. Sparking an interest in photography, which grew over the years and invested in bigger and better equipment, and educated myself on different techniques to achieve the picture frame I see in my mind.

 

Marwa came to me with her idea of Photopia and I immediately knew I wanted to be part of it so I encouraged her to take the leap.

 

One day I will follow through and take the same leap and leave the corporate world. It just haven’t happened, but I know this day is going to come.

 

OUR 

SUPER

TEAM

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Marwa Abou Leila

Managing Director 

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Venus El Rayes

PR & Communications Manager

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Sara Emad 

Photography School Manager 

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Gina Wael

Photography School Coordinator 

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Kholoud Gawish 

Studio Coordinator 

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Magic

Studio Operator 

 

COLLABORATIONS

Photopia has proudly collaborated with: ​

  • 500px

  • ABnG

  • Adsum

  • Arts -Mart

  • AFAQ Fund

  • Almasry Alyoum

  • Cairo Camera Rentals

  • Cairo fashion festival

  • Canon

  • CC Plus

  • CCRC

  • CIC

  • CIC Cairo Slide Jam

  • Coca-Cola

  • Crave

  • Creative Industry 

  • Dakhli West Elbalad

  • Danish School of Media & Journalism

  • Darb 1718

  • D-Caf

  • DEDI

  • Desert Adventure Egypt

  • Desert Rally

  • Edu- fun,

  • Elbeit Magazine

  • Embassy of Sweden in Cairo

  • EPS

  • EU

  • Flavour Republic

  • General Co.

  • Golden Tours

  • GPP

  • Gypsum

  • Gearbox Studios

  • Galleria40

  • Heliopolis heritage

  • Ismaelia co

  • Louay Nasser Production Agency

  • National Geographic AD

  • Megawra

  • Nile FM

  • Nokia

  • Nogoom FM

  • Opio

  • Oz Productions

  • Plum Plu

  • Prism

  • Seoudi Markets

  • Sodic 

  • SOMA Art

  • Soorabook

  • Swedish Institute Alexandria

  • TBS

  • The Danish Egyptian Dialogue Institute

  • The French Institute in Cairo

  • The Photographers’ gallery in London

  • UNICEF

  • Vichi Modeling Agency

  • Wild Guanabana

  • Yosra Essawy Program

  • SONY

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National Geographic Abu Dhabi Collaboration

Marwa Abou Leila - Managing Partner - was the main judge on the latest Nat Geo Abu Dhabi TV photo contest: 

I AM A NAT GEO PHOTOGRAPHER that was aired on their TV channel in March and April 2018. 

 It is a significant collaboration that placed Photopia on the regional map. 

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I’m a Nat Geo photographer: Episode 2

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I’m a Nat Geo photographer: Episode 4 (Final Episode)

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I’m a Nat Geo photographer: Episode 1

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I’m a Nat Geo photographer: Episode 3

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MEDIA &

PRESS