About Me


Muhammed Muheisen is a world-renowned photographer. A two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner, a National Geographic Photographer, the founder of Everyday Refugees Foundation, Global Ambassador for Jordan Tourism Board, Royal Jordanian Airlines and Canon.

Muheisen is a Jordanian national who was born in Jerusalem in 1981, graduated with a B.A. degree in journalism and political science. Since 2001 he has documented major events around the world, in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the United States of America; including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the funeral of late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the US led -war in Iraq, the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein, the Yemeni revolution, the Syrian civil war, the funeral procession of the late president Nelson Mandela, as well as events in Saudi Arabia, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan, France, Greece, Germany, Croatia, Austria, New York, the Netherlands, Serbia, South Africa. For over a decade he has been documenting the refugee crisis across the Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Muheisen has received numerous International Awards, including:

  • UNICEF Picture of the Year.
  • Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner.
  • TIME Magazine’s Best Wire Photographer.
  • Emerging Person in Photography Special Award by the Hamdan bin Mohammed
    bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award
  • POYI, Picture of the Year International.
  • Multiple prizes in the National Headliner Awards.
  • Multiple prizes in the NPPA Best of Photojournalism.
  • Multiple prizes in the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar.
  • Multiple prizes in Asian Media Awards, best in photojournalism.
  • The Oliver S. Gramling Award for journalism.
  • The John L. Dougherty Award.
  • Festival Du Scoop Award.
  • Multiple Awards in the China International Press Photo Contest.
  • Sigma Delta Chi Awards.
  • Multiple Prizes in Xposure International Photography Festival Award.
  • Multiple prizes in: the APME News Photos Award.
  • The MCF Engaged Journalist Award.
  • World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class participant.
  • TEDx Speaker the University of Illinois, Chicago.
  • Apple Inc. “Composing Narratives”.

Muheisen is the Founder and Chairman of Everyday Refugees Foundation that aims through photography to help and empower refugees and internally displaced people in different parts of the world. He is a member of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award advisory committee at the International Women Media Foundation, a member of the nominating committee selecting the participants for the annual World Press Photo Joop Swart Master Class, also a member of the advisory board of Forum Anja Niedringhaus in Höxter, Germany. Most recently he has been appointed as Global Ambassador for Jordan Tourism Board and Royal Jordanian Airlines.

Muheisen served as a jury member in the 2016 Picture of the Year International in Columbia, MO, the 2015 World Press Photo Joop Swart Masterclass in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, the 2013 Visa D’Or for Visa pour L’Image in Perpignan, France, the 2017 LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards, the 2019 FotoEvidence Book Award with World Press Photo, and most recently a jury member of the International Film festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.

Among other exhibitions, a collection from a decade of his work about “Life in War” was exhibited in the French photo festival Visa pour L’Image in Perpignan. His work about refugees was exhibited at Festival des Libertes in Brussels, Belgium, his work about the displaced people was exhibited at THE FENCE in Brooklyn,
Atlanta, Boston and Houston, USA, also a selection of his work “Pursuit of Happiness” was exhibited at the Angkor Photo Festival, and for the second year in a row, his work “Victims of War” and “Faces of Sharjah” was exhibited at Xposure International Photography Festival in Sharjah, UAE. In October 2018 his exhibition “Light on the Move” was displayed at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Greece with an official opening ceremony followed by a display for the public. In March 2019 “Light on the Move” will be on display during the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. Coming soon for the first time in Jordan at the Four Seasons hotel in Amman, his exhibition “Our World” in support of cancer patients at the King Hussein Cancer Foundation.

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