National Geographic Abu Dhabi announces winners of photo contest

An image by Barakat Khaled, winner of the newly added Youth Category.
Updated 23 July 2017

National Geographic Abu Dhabi announces winners of photo contest

National Geographic Abu Dhabi recently announced the winners of its “Moments” photography competition, a regional competition set up by the factual entertainment channel in 2010 to support photography enthusiasts in the Middle East and North Africa.
Aspiring photographers from Palestine and Egypt have been named winners of this year’s competition, which received more than 19,000 entries across three categories.
From dramatic portraits of a Palestinian bride before her wedding day to special moments showing children playing in the street, this year’s winners were praised by the judges for the originality and photographic quality of their images as well as their creative interpretation of this year’s competition theme, “Celebration in the Arab World.”
The award for the Adult Single Image Category went to Mohamed Mahdy, a 20-year-old photography lover from Egypt, for his image of a young boy playing with his chick under the watchful eye of his brother in the old Egyptian town of El Borg.
In the Photo Documentary Category, 19-year-old Fatima Shbair from Palestine scooped the award for her series of images depicting the cultural traditions of a bride before her wedding day. The pictures show joy and celebration as well as highlight the heritage and meaning of Palestinian weddings.
The winner of the Youth Category is Barakat Khaled, aged 17 from Egypt, whose image of children playing impressed this year’s judges. The new category, which was open for participants aged 17 and under, welcomed a range of images, from horsemanship in the Maghreb to cultural ceremonies and celebrations.
The 7th edition of the competition, which is supported by Almarai, a leading dairy brand, was significantly expanded compared to 2016 to include new awards categories such as the Photo Documentary Category and the Youth Category. This year’s competition, which is also supported by Nikon, saw the introduction of the People’s Choice Award, which gives the public the opportunity to vote for their favorite image across all three categories.
The judging panel included Rena Effendi, a National Geographic photographer, Hussam Abdulqader, head of corporate communications and public relations at Almarai, and Chitra Shergill, a professional photographer who also runs the Nikon School of Photography in Jebel Ali.


Expo 2020 tours announced for students

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Expo 2020 tours announced for students

EduVoyage, the educational travel arm of ITL World, showcased its collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai at the 32nd Principals’ Conference held under the aegis of the Gulf Council of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). Representative principals from CBSE-affiliated schools in the Gulf region attended the four-day annual meet in Jaipur, India from Jan. 4 to 7.

During the conference, the EduVoyage team shared pertinent details of their planned programs designed to drive a global student and youth audience to Expo 2020 Dubai during the six-month event. EduVoyage is an authorized ticket reseller for the Expo 2020 Dubai, touted as “the greatest show in the world.” 

EduVoyage signed an agreement with Expo 2020 Dubai, whereby it will promote the event from an educational perspective.

“This conference is a great platform for senior academia to interact, explore new ideas and share their experiences, thereby giving Indian students residing in the GCC the benefit of cutting-edge teaching concepts and trends in this fast-paced age of technology,” said Shaik Shibli, head of marketing, EduVoyage.

Su Ramanathan, director, destination marketing at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “The leadership of Expo 2020 Dubai and the UAE have always believed that the youth are the heart of the expo — they are an important part of our visitor group. With seven subject-themed, curated educational tours, the Expo 2020 Student Program will offer every student the opportunity to broaden their horizons by making the world their classroom. We are delighted to be collaborating with Eduvoyage as one of our authorized ticket resellers to bring this experience to life for students from all around the world.” 

Dr. Siddeek Ahmed, chairman and managing director, Eram Group, ITL World’s holding company, said: “From flights to accommodations, to visa support services, tours and insurance and everything in between, we have worked closely with the Expo 2020 to put together a holistic, one-of-a-kind experience that is certain to appeal to students and parents alike.”