Amel Pain is an Algerian born French photographer. She was raised in Algeria before moving to France and starting her career as free-lance photographer with French newspapers and magazines. Before joining epa as picture editor on the Frankfurt news desk in 2008, she had worked as photographer and editor for AFP in Paris and New Delhi and also as picture editor for Reuters.
Thanks to her professional experience and her language abilities, she was selected in 2010 for a newly established position as Chief Editorial Operations Middle East based in Cairo. In her new responsibility she set up epa MENA editorial hub and organized coverage from the Maghreb and Middle East countries and covered events as photographer herself.
In late 2014, Amel was appointed Head of Video steering epa's international video production and the video desk in Madrid, Spain. Two years later, she moved to Amman, Jordan, where she headed the Middle East coverage in her new position as Middle East Bureau Chief/Head of Global Video. In 2020, she was appointed MENA Region Chief Photographer to focus more on the challenges of coverage in an ever evolving political/social context and a developing media landscape.