Top Abu Dhabi photo contest closing soon

15 July is the deadline for submissions to the Abu Dhabi Through Your Eyes competition, the premier contest for photographers to capture the spirit of the UAE.

Organised by the Office of Government Communications and TCA Abu Dhabi, it’s open to all photographers – professional or amateur, residents or visitors – for work in eight categories: architecture, art, scenic, events, nature & wildlife, traditions, moments and people.

There are separate prizes for open and student categories, and they’re pretty decent: AED 50,000 for the winners in the open category, AED 35,000 for second place, AED 20,000 for third, and AED 10,000 for participants ranked fourth to tenth. The students get AED 15,000, AED 10,000 and AED 5,000 respectively for get first, second and third place.

All winners will also receive a grab bag of prizes from competition partners. Since the sponsors Rotana Hotels, Etihad Airways, Grandstores and Nikon, the extras include photography kits and lifestyle vouchers.

There’s also a National Geographic Al Arabiya prize for one winner that includes a workshop with the publication’s staff and input in selecting a cover images as well as pics for the “Readers’ shots” section.

So it’s worth entering. The competition’s website has the details.

Entries will be judged by a good-looking jury – photojournalist and artist Alia Al Shamsi; Brian Kerrigan, an award-winning visual journalist; Mohammed Somji, co-director of Gulf Photo Plus; Emirati photographer Lamya Gargash; and Tarek Al Ghoussein, professor of photography at NYU Abu Dhabi. The winners will be announced on 26 Sept 2016.

The pic at the top is by Michael Green, 2nd place winner in 2010.

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