TIFA 2023 Editorial / General News


  • Prize
    Gold in Editorial/General News
  • Photographer
    Ahmad Halabisaz
  • Photo Date
    Dec 27, 2023

An Iranian woman sits on a chair in front of a busy square in Tehran, defying the mandatory hijab law. Massive protests in Iran began after the arrest and death of Mahsa Jina Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman who was taken into custody by the Islamic Republic’s morality police for allegedly violating the country’s mandatory hijab law. To demonstrate their opposition to the government, women in Iran have been going out in public without wearing a hijab, turning everyday life into an act of civil disobedience.

Ahmad Halabisaz was born in 1984 in Iran. He studied photojournalism at the Iranian Journalists Association University in Tehran. He launched his career started in 2004. Ahmad worked in Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Germany. His photos have appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian. After the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan he covered the situation for AP (Associated Press)