Photography competition aims to capture personal stories of Arab cities

The stunning beauty of the UAE is being captured on camera and shown to the world by a growing band of photographers keen to display their work and win a trip to Tanzania.

ABU DHABI // The stunning beauty of the UAE is being captured on camera and shown to the world by a growing band of photographers keen to display their work and win a trip to Tanzania.

Moments is one of the most popular photography contests in the region and is a vehicle for artists to turn a spotlight on hidden corners of the country.

Photography is becoming popular in the UAE, mainly thanks to exhibitions and competitions such as Moments, which was launched by National Geographic Abu Dhabi five years ago.

The theme-based contest has been popular among photographers since its launch with the number of submissions swelling to 154,000 from across the Arab world.

The theme for this year’s contest is “Arab Cities: The City through your Eyes”.

Participants have been encouraged to dig deep creatively and tell an emotive story for Moments, which is sponsored by food company Almarai.

“It is impossible to visit a city without it leaving a special memory in your heart. It stays in your heart even when you visit other cities,” said Alsaad Omar Almenhali, editor-in-chief of National Geographic Abu Dhabi Al Arabiya.

“When you reminisce about that city, you are reminded of its smell, colour and taste. That is why I’m very excited to see the pictures that will be submitted. I want to see Arab cities through the eyes of the photographers and their camera lenses.”

The prize-winning photographs will be published in National Geographic Abu Dhabi Al Arabiya magazine.

The winner will get a photography hamper valued at US$7,500 (Dh27,550) and an 11-day -photography expedition to Tanzania.

The second and third-place finishers will receive hampers worth $5,000 and $2,500.

The winners will be announced on June 3 on www.facebook.com/NatGeoAbuDhabi and the National Geographic Abu Dhabi television channel.

Entries will be judged by a team of experts, including Mr Almenhali and award-winning photographer Randy Olson. “I am very excited to be judging for the first time,” Mr Olson said.

“There is so much creative talent in the Arab region and I really want this year’s entrants to tell me a story. I am looking for a very personal, unique perspective of each entrant’s city.”

newsdesk@thenational.ae

Published: May 20, 2015 04:00 AM

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