Mahmoud Habboush was born in Gaza City, Palestine on September 11, 1981.
He grew up and lived until last year in the Gaza Strip which was subject to Israeli military occupation until September 2005. He studied journalism and media at the Islamic University, Gaza and is now doing a Masters Degree in international relations at the University of Nottingham, UK. Since he was still an undergraduate student, he started working in journalism. Mahmoud received his first professional training at the major Palestinian daily of al-Quds where he worked for more than one year before he started working with foreign reporters as translator and producer. Shortly after that, he started writing his own stories for American papers, mainly the New York Daily News. Before coming to the UK he also worked for the Jordan Times for six months.
Although his work has been so far more focused on writing, photography is his great passion. Since he was a teenager, he was always obsessed with photography. Mahomoud bought his first camera when he was 15 and he used to take photos of his family, friends, and relatives. In December 2005 he bought a Canon 20D. After finishing his degree, he will give photography more focus and start to travel around the Majority World to do some photography projects. The bulk of his work was published during his short stay in Jordan in the country’s leading English daily, the Jordan Times.
Photographic Achievements & Accolades
- He has taken part in a photography Master Class organized by Gemstone, a photography organization, with a group of top Jordanian news and commercial photographers.
- Two of his photographs were presented in an exhibition for Jordanian photographers which accompanied an exhibition of winning World Press Photos and one of them was published in a calendar.