The winners of the first “Discover UAE digital photography contest 2013” were announced today, with Dubai based Filipino photographer Christopher Medenilla winning the grand prize for his photograph titled Endurance, that creatively captures a moment in a marathon race.
The competition, organized by BrandMoxie and Abu Dhabi Photographers, was launched in May in three categories: Nature, People and UAE Architecture. Over 600 hundred entries were received, from five emirates, and representing 30 nationalities.
The first prize winners were awarded at the ceremony were: Spencer Guiao, from India, who won in the Live/People category for his photograph titled ‘The Gaze;’ Sri Lankan photographer VarunaLiyanage who won the first prize award in the Nature category for his photograph “Arabian Icon;” and Filipino Scott Lorenzo whose photo “The Journey” won him in the UAE architecture category.
BenoSaradzic, an award-winning photographer and one of the jurors, said: “It was a difficult decision for all of us three judges to select one grand prize winner as all the top four photos were excellent and each deserved recognition in its own right. However we selected Endurance because the angle was atypical, and the photograph managed to capture movement, tradition and diversity.”
Juror Darren Rycroft added: “Each of the judges had their own favourites – my personal one from the top four was The Gaze, because of the intensity of the eyes, the composition of the image and the quality of finishing. We tallied all our votes to come up with the final winners.”
Medenilla, who took the winning photograph Endurance in Dubai, took the photograph during a marathon entitled “Endurance,” to capture people of different nationalities enjoying the competition as well as the camaraderie.
The grand prize winner received a Nikon D3100 camera while the top 20 entrants received certificates of appreciation and gifts.
Shahid Saeed, founder of Abu Dhabi Photographers said: “We were astounded by the level of interest, the number of entries and the quality of the submissions. Some of the photographers were from our group, but the majority came from other emirates. I believe the categories were appealing, and we believe very appropriate in celebrating the rich culture of the UAE.
Sana Bagersh, CEO of BrandMoxie and patron of the Abu Dhabi Photographers. “BrandMoxie is proud to organize this event and offer patronage to the Abu Dhabi Photographers. This group is extremely active, and clearly has outstanding talents who need to be recognized and celebrated. We hope to cement this in the UAE’s calendar of events, and look forward to organizing it on a yearly basis.”