National Geographic Abu Dhabi announces winners of the Moments Awards Competition

Winners of the 6th edition of National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s – part of Abu Dhabi Media TV network – photographic competition, “Moments Awards 2016”, were announced today, in partnership with Almarai for the fourth year running.
 
In keeping with the Moments theme, this year’s competition focused on a specific aspect of the region’s culture and lifestyle, attempting to capture the essence of food, from purchasing produce in the local markets to cooking and eating, seen as its expression in everyday life throughout the greater Middle East. The overall standards of this year’s submissions witnessed a very high level of artistry and creativity, with very competitive entries, taking this edition one step further than the previous ones. This year’s entrants were also encouraged to submit their best compositions, not only shot through both traditional and innovative aspects of photography, but through mobile photography as well, for the first time.
 
1st place picture
 
First prize went to the Moroccan Mohamed Benmokhtar, for his entry depicting a newly wedded young woman, from Zagora in South Morocco, making a traditional couscous for the first time for her husband’s family to prove her cooking skills… His dramatic composition capturing the essence of the moment swept him to the top, with a prize including a trip to Japan, as well as photographic equipment worth US Dollars 7,500.
 
2nd place picture
 
Second place went to Mohamed Albadaai from Oman, for his depiction of the making of maqadid, a traditional meat delicacy, made by artisans in the Dhofar region. His prize includes photographic equipment worth US Dollars 5,000.
 
third place picture
 
In third place, Mohamad Nasr from Egypt entered an uplifting moment in the life of a rural peasant woman, processing corn cobs in a time immemorial tradition. His prize will consist of photographic equipment worth US Dollars 2,500.

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