Mahmoud Abu Zaid hugs his parents after his release in Cairo on Monday, March 4. He was in prison for more than five years.
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This Egyptian photojournalist was released from prison. See some of his best work

Updated 8:52 AM ET, Tue March 5, 2019

Mahmoud Abu Zaid hugs his parents after his release in Cairo on Monday, March 4. He was in prison for more than five years.
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Mahmoud Abou Zeid, an award-winning photojournalist who was arrested in 2013 while taking pictures of a deadly crackdown in Cairo, was released from prison Monday after more than five years behind bars.

Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, was among 200 defendants who were sentenced to five years in prison as part of a mass trial — a trial that was widely condemned by human-rights organizations. He was taken into custody while people were protesting the ousting of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy. Hundreds were killed in August 2013 when Egyptian security forces attempted to clear demonstrators with force.

As part of his probation, Abou Zeid still has to spend 12 hours a day at a police station for the next five years, according to Amnesty International. He and his lawyer plan to appeal, but Monday was still a day to celebrate.

"I feel numb, I can't believe there are still car horns, pavements or people moving," he told CNN. "Freedom is a treasured feeling, and the only people who will value it are those who were imprisoned. I feel reborn and I want to fill the world with freedom."

Scroll down to see photos that Abou Zeid took in Egypt before his imprisonment: