Laura El-Tantawy is a British/Egyptian photographer living between Cairo and London. She is currently represented by VII Mentor Program. She was born in Worcestershire, England to Egyptian parents & grew up between Saudi Arabia & Egypt. In 2002, El-Tantawy started her career as a newspaper photographer with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel & Sarasota Herald-Tribune (USA). In 2006, she became freelance so she could focus on pursuing personal projects. Her work has been recognized across several international awards including 2013 Finalist PHE Ojodepez Award for Human Values, 2013 Winner Cortona on the Move OFF CIRCUIT, 2013 HM Fotovisura Grant as well as being selected in 2012 in FOAM Magazine’s annual TALENT edition, 2012 Finalist Manuel Rivera-Ortiz Foundation for International Photography Grant, 2012 4th Place Photocrati Fund, 2011 Finalist Prix Bayeux-Calvados des Correspondants de Guerre, 2011 Finalist, Ian Parry Scholarship, 2011 Finalist BURN magazine Emerging Photographer Fund (EPF).
Additionally the work has been exhibited internationally, including solo and group shows in the US, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. El-Tantawy is a graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia (USA) with a dual degree journalism and political science.