Moments Photography Competition Closes With Over 40,000 Entries to Date From Across the Arab World

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Published August 27th, 2018 - 06:06 GMT
The first story by Ahmed, from Egypt, highlights the life of a camel driver near the famous Pyramids in the Giza area.
The first story by Ahmed, from Egypt, highlights the life of a camel driver near the famous Pyramids in the Giza area.

National Geographic Abu Dhabi (NGAD) and Almarai in partnership with Abu Dhabi Media, announced today the closing of the 8th edition of its annual photography competition ‘Moments’, with over 40,000 entries from across the Arab World. 

Designed to nurture the talent of aspiring Arab photographers, the regional ‘Moments’ competition showcases stunning visual storytelling that takes viewers behind the scenes into the stories of the People of the Middle East and North Africa. A selection of photographs from across the region have been taken on professional Nikon cameras. Nikon has been a supporter of this competition since its inception, offering winners a valuable set of technical equipment to help them in capturing their best shot as budding photographers, harnessing the latest in technology and functionality.

Commenting on ‘Moments’, Narendra Menon, Managing Director, Nikon Middle East FZE, said, “Nikon and National Geographic derive their core values from the same sense of passion towards visual storytelling. Committed to the art of documenting history through photography, we have strived to play our role in gaining greater interest in the art form. ‘Moments’ gives us great hope in our efforts to encourage photographers of all essence. We are delighted to see a huge number of participants and are proud to be a part of this exciting venture. We have expanded beyond our core function as camera equipment providers to include education of photography. Through our school and workshops, we hope to inspire new generations at honing their skills in photography and growing the pool of talent from the magnificent region. And I am confident that this joint venture will yield great results in the field of photography. An artist is incomplete without an audience and platform like Moments definitely encourages the photographers by giving them recognition and an exposure to a larger audience which is essential for the artist to grow.”

The first story by Ahmed, from Egypt, highlights the life of a camel driver near the famous Pyramids in the Giza area. In and around the Pyramids, camel drivers continue to play a key role in transporting tourists, like the old days when camels were the main source of transportation. This photo was shot on Nikon D3200.

The second story by Anouar, from Morocco, showcases a traditional exhibition of horsemanship in Morocco performed during cultural festivals and as a closing ceremony during Moroccan wedding celebrations. This moment was shot on Nikon D3100, using F6.3 Aperture.

The third photo by Firas, from Saudi Arabia, captures the story of a young man sitting in contemplation on the roof of his humble neighborhood at night and using a neon lamp as his only source of light. This photo by Firas was shot on Nikon D55.

The fourth story by Marwan, from Egypt, spotlights a spontaneous moment of a famous female singer, enjoying her moment of glory on stage, while immersed in her performance. This photo was shot on Nikon D3200.

‘Moments’ one of the largest photography competitions in the region, has attracted 220,000 entries overall from across the Arab world since its launch. The Grand Prize winner will have his/her photograph printed in the National Geographic magazine Arabic edition and earn a trip of a lifetime, a 10-day expedition Trip to Italy, worth $10,000, where they will be mentored by National Geographic expert photographers, in addition to $10,000 photography equipment courtesy of Nikon.

Tips for Great Photos

To help budding photographers in capturing their best shots, Tasneem Sultan, a member of the ‘Moments’ judging panel and award-winning Saudi-based professional National Geographic photographer shares the following photography tips.

Storytelling: To portray a complete story, set your subject in silhouette against an interesting backdrop.

Light sources: For good lighting, you can use light or color as a leading line technique. In addition to straight lines, S curves also provide a guide to take the eye into a frame.

Portrait: To have a good portrait, you must enrich it through capturing a moment or a gesture, or make good use of negative space.

Photos in a crowded environment: Remember to always bend your knees or take a half step to the left to get rid of anything not needed in your photographs.

Background: For an interesting story, show the environment and the ambiance, whether it’s a landscape, a cityscape, or the interior of a home or café. An all-important image for every story is a sense-of-place picture.

Background Information

Abu Dhabi Media Company

Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) is one of the fastest growing, multi-platform media and entertainment organizations in the Middle East. Established in 2007, ADM operates and manages 24 market-leading brands across multiple platforms, including broadcast, publishing and digital. 

Through its diverse platforms, Abu Dhabi Media provides unique and compelling content that is entertaining, informative and engaging; targeting a wide base of audiences regionally and internationally. 

National Geographic Abu Dhabi

The National Commercial Bank (NCB) is a prominent Saudi Arabian bank and the leading financial institution in the region. The bank is considered the largest and the first to officially be licensed and operate in Saudi Arabia, following the Royal Decree of the 26th of December 1953, corresponding to 20th of Rabi Al-Thani 1373H. NCB was formed as a result of partnership and merger of Saudi Arabia's largest currency exchange houses at the time; Mr. Saleh and Abdulaziz Kaki, and the Mr. Salem bin Mahfouz Company.

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