Exhibition at Manarat Al Saadiyat Celebrates 10 Years of the
Emirates Photography Competition
Presented by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, the exhibition will showcase winning submissions from the past decade of the annual photography competition
Abu Dhabi, 22 November 2017: The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is proud to present the 10 Years of Emirates Photography Competition exhibition, celebrating a decade of the annual contest. The exhibition will be open to the public at Manarat Al Saadiyat from 27th November and will run until 31st March 2018.
The exhibition 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).
Commenting ahead of the launch of the exhibition, 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. 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 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 areas 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.
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 Emirate. 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 open on November 27th with a talk entitled ‘Spotlight’, which will include presentations by EPC Emirati winners followed by an open discussion. Moderated by Khalid Al Hemeiri, the panel will feature seven Emirati photographers who will share their portfolios and discuss their concepts.
A further talk is also scheduled for January 17th, 2018, 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.
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The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi conserves and promotes the heritage and culture of Abu Dhabi emirate and leverages them in the development of a world-class, sustainable destination of distinction that enriches the lives of visitors and residents alike. The Department manages the emirate’s tourism sector and markets the destination internationally through a wide range of activities aimed at attracting visitors and investment. Its policies, plans and programmes relate to the preservation of heritage and culture, including protecting archaeological and historical sites and to developing museums, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. The Department of Culture and Tourism supports intellectual and artistic activities and cultural events to nurture a rich cultural environment and honour the emirate’s heritage. A key role played by the Department is to create synergy in the destination’s development through close co-ordination with its wide-ranging stakeholder base.