THE 10 YEARS OF EMIRATES PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION EXHIBITION CELEBRATES A DECADE OF THE POPULAR ANNUAL CONTEST, SHOWCASING SOME OF THE WINNING SUBMISSIONS FROM THE PAST FOR THE PUBLIC TO VIEW AT MANARAT AL SAADIYAT

The exhibition, presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, will host a selection of the winning works and the best entries from the past ten years of the competition under the theme ‘Ten’. Over the years, the Emirates Photography Competition has developed the photography community in the UAE whilst receiving entries from all over the world under the auspices of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), the American Photography Association, the International Association of Photographers (IAP) and the Union of Arab Photographers (UAP). The exhibition is divided into two main sections: ‘Spotlight’ features a selection of works by 10 of the best Emirati and international photographers, dealing with various topics such as nature, wildlife, portraits, people, sports, movement, journalism, abstraction, colour, monochrome, approximation, sceneries and travel.

The second section, ‘Through Time’, includes a selection of photographs that were shortlisted in previous editions and that met the criteria and terms of the competition. HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, said: “The Emirates Photography Competition has been an integral platform for professional photographers and enthusiasts globally. It has been an outlet for creatives to express themselves through their art and lens, with works that touch the soul. It has seen the emergence of art that deserves to be admired and observed globally,” he continued. “It is with great pleasure that we are showcasing the best of these works again, celebrating the competition as we prepare for the next stage in supporting the creative community.

The Emirates Photography Competition has been an integral platform for professional photographers and enthusiasts globally. It has been an outlet for creatives to express themselves through their art and lens…

Through a vibrant annual programme including exhibitions, workshops, masterclasses, competitions and projects, as well as the establishment of a dedicated space for the art of photography, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is developing an infrastructure for a photography community in the capital. As part of this mandate, the department will launch a dedicated space for the art of photography in the newly refurbished Manarat Al Saadiyat. The exhibition will also include a talk on January 17, entitled ‘Journeys in Photography’.

This panel will include two talks; starting with a photographer’s journey towards international recognition by Mohammed Arfan Asif, and ending with a talk on travel photography entitled ‘From Liwa to Ladakh’, by Abbas Kapadia. The Emirates Photography Competition was first launched in 2006 and participation in the first and second editions was limited to UAE nationals.

The third edition expanded participation to embrace the works of photographers from all GCC countries until the competition moved on, in the fourth edition, from the domestic and regional field to the global one, welcoming and opening its doors to photographers from all over the world.


GO: THE EXHIBITION WILL BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AT MANARAT AL SAADIYAT UNTIL MARCH 31. VISIT WWW.SAADIYATCULTURALDISTRICT.AE FOR MORE INFORMATION