National Geographic Abu Dhabi unveiled the winning photographs of the 7th edition of ‘Moments’, its annual regional photography competition to nurture the talent of aspiring photographers from around the Arab world. The unveiling, hosted at d3, in the presence of competition winners, NGAD, Al Marai, Nikon and leading and emerging UAE-based photographers, featured an exclusive large-scale showcase over 70 winning and finalist photographs in the competition’s three categories, youth, adults and photo-documentary, selected from over 19,000 entries from across the Middle East and North Africa.
Held under the theme of Celebrations, the 2017 ‘Moments’ competition enabled photographers from the region to capture some of life’s most precious moments, both spontaneous moments such as a bride’s final touch up before her wedding, family moments, joyful moments and laughter to more formal moments featuring festivals and rituals of dance.
The ‘Moments’ showcase exhibition, included 14 works from the Youth category, 20 from the Adults and 41 from the Photo documentary, will be open for public viewing at d3 every day until October 13 to provide the UAE’s art and photography enthusiasts the opportunity to experience a unique and intimate glimpse into the world of ‘everyday’ photographers from across the region.
The Grand Prix winners in the Single Image Category and Photo Documentary Category receive an 11-day all-expense-paid National Geographic photography Expedition Trip to Cuba, during which their skills are further developed guided by the best experts at National Geographic, in addition to $7,500 photography equipment courtesy of Nikon. The winner of the Youth Category receives $2,000 photography equipment, courtesy of Nikon.
Single Image Grand Prix Winner, Mohamed Mahdy from Egypt, who focused on ‘Happiness’ and captured a moment of celebration when a child in an old city called ‘El Borg’ was playing with his chick, who he considers to be his best friend, who is tickling his neck with a gentle peck, while his brother watches on from the window above.
Photodocumentary Grand Prix Winner, Fatima Shbair from Gaza Palestine, shared moments of a bride on Henna Night, which is the most important night for a bride which takes place a day or two before the wedding. The series of photographs captures the job and celebrations as the bride prepares for the night, with henna, candles, song and dance – traditions of Palestine.
People’s Choice Award winner, Mahmoud Abu Salama from Gaza Palestine, showcases the moment when two friends from the Jabaliya Refugee Camp in Gaza were playing with a rope where they spend their Fridays enjoying life to its fullest.