Humbled to be awarded 1st Place National Winner for Saudi Arabia by the World Photography Agency.
This image of Om Eid and Reem Rashid was taken in Riyadh alongside a highway where women set up makeshift tea stands each afternoon to sell home made sweets and tea.
Om is a mother of 10 children and Reem has 2 sons. They are neighbours and have been setting up out here in all weather conditions for the past 3 years.
They make about 50AUD each day.
Saudi’s drive alongside and purchase from their cars. It is rare to see customers walking along this part of the roadway. It is crowded, there are boys driving quad bikes very dangerously, and it is incredibly noisy.
I have been searching for these two dynamo’s for the last 12 months - it is not easy to locate covered women in this country. But finally success! On International Women’s Day! They have a shade structure now and a new tablecloth. And with the help of photographs I could confirm their eyes were the same. It was wonderful to share the good news of our competition success - their English is virtually non existent but with the help of friends translating they received the news with much delight! Om couldn’t stop laughing and Reem was most impressed she had made it to twitter and snapchat.
I am taking them to lunch later in the week to celebrate properly - a chance encounter last year that has provided me with so much joy. An odd couple they are, but it works. Both very different personalities and even though they are covered I feel I have them figured out…
The group exhibition in London next month is my opportunity to share their story with the world and increase awareness of Saudi women. It is an honour and a privilege ladies, and one that I don’t take lightly x