Arab photographers capture 'Moments' for competition - in pictures

National Geographic Abu Dhabi recently held an open call for Moments, its annual photography competition, and it received more than 40,000 entries from across the Arab world.

The project aims to nurture the talent of regional photographers who tell the stories of people in the Middle East and North Africa, including Ahmed from Egypt, whose image shows a camel driver near Giza; Al Baraa Al Mansour who captured a little girl in Yemen, immersed in her drawings; Firas from Saudi Arabia, who pictured a young man sitting alone on a rooftop with a fluorescent lamp; and Mansour Al Shahri, who shows a traditional meal in Tanumah, Saudi Arabia.

The award-winning Saudi photographer Tasneem Sultan is a panel judge for Moments, and has these tips for budding photographers: set your subject in silhouette against an interesting backdrop, portraits are best when they include a gesture, or if they make good use of negative space; and show the environment and ambience to give an image a sense of place.

The winner of the competition will have their image printed in the Arabic edition of National Geographic, go on an expedition to Italy and receive camera equipment. earn more about the competition and see additional images at


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