Tanya Habjouqa was born in Jordan and educated in the United States, receiving her masters in Global Media and Middle East Politics from the University of London SOAS.Beginning her career in Texas, she documented Mexican migrant communities and urban poverty before returning to the Middle East.
Tanya is known for gaining unique access to sensitive gender, social and human rights stories in the Middle East, covering the bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) community in Jerusalem, heroin addiction under occupation, and abuse of female foreign domestic workers in Jordan.
Habjouqa has worked on the front lines in Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, and Gaza – most recently documenting the everyday lives of Palestinian women in the Gaza Strip.
Based in Jerusalem, she is working on personal projects that explore socio-political dynamics, occupation, and subcultures of the Levant. Habjouqa is an astute writer, producer, and researcher. She is also a member of the dynamic all female, Middle East based Photo Collective, Rawiya.
Tanya received the 2011 SND Silver Award for her Gaza story A Life Less Ordinary, the 2007 Clarion Award for Press Photography for coverage of the Israel-Hezbollah War for Bloomberg and the 2006 Global Health Council award for humanitarian photography with her Darfur coverage.
She is published in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, National, Al Jazeera, Washington Post, New York Times, Boston Globe, Jerusalem Report, Beirut Daily Star, Business Week, and the academic journal: Cultures of Resistance. Regular clients include the National, Bloomberg, UNDP, UNRWA, UNESCO, USAID Iraq & West Bank/Gaza, and the Academy for Educational Development.