National Geographic Abu Dhabi & Almarai Launch the 10th edition of ‘Moments’ Photography Competition Across the Middle East and North Africa
National Geographic Abu Dhabi (NGAD) and Almarai announced today the launch of the 10th edition of ‘Moments’ annual photography competition, which has established itself as one of the largest photography competitions across the Middle East and North Africa.
Held under the theme of ‘2020 Moments’, this year’s competition invites budding photographers from around the Middle East and North Africa to capture this year’s extraordinary moments of our changing world, from ‘Passed Moments’ to ‘Postponed Moments’ and ‘Inspired Moments’, and share them . The competition is open from 17th of August until the 15th of October 2020 and entrants can submit up to 10 images to the website.
Whether taken with a phone or professional camera, entrants are encouraged to use their creative lens to narrate visual stories that best define a world that has been hushed, paused and forever changed following recent events.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the ‘Moments’ competition is part of a regional photography talent platform developed by National Geographic Abu Dhabi to promote and nurture local photography talent. Since its inception, the competition has had over 250,000 entries submitted by passionate photographers, with the images submitted taking viewers on a rich, visual journey to the farthest corners of the Middle East and North Africa.
This year’s competition judging panel will feature Mohammad Muheisen, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner and National Geographic photographer and Hussam R. Abdulqader, CMO, Almarai.
‘Moments' is held for the 7th consecutive year in partnership with Almarai, the largest vertically integrated dairy company in the world and MENA's largest food production and distribution company. The company has been a strategic partner of National Geographic Abu Dhabi and the Moments Competition since 2014, with a shared vision and commitment to support Arab budding photographers, through offering them exposure and the possibility to be discovered on such a prominent platform.
About National Geographic Abu Dhabi
National Geographic Abu Dhabi, the first free-to-air Arabic documentary channel, was established as the result of a partnership between Abu Dhabi Media and the National Geographic Channels International (NGCI) in 2009. National Geographic Abu Dhabi has provided viewers in the UAE and the Middle East with an opportunity to see the world through smart, innovative programing dubbed into Arabic. Its programing is smart and fact-based with an emphasis on popular science, technology, natural history, archaeology and natural mysteries.
National Geographic Abu Dhabi was awarded the ‘Best Arabic Language Media Award’ for 2015, in recognition of its commitment to the production of credible and authentic Arabic scientific and educational programs and content. It was also honored with the Arab Social Media Pioneers Award for the 2015 corporate environment category.
About National Geographic Partners
National Geographic Partners LLC (NGP), a joint venture between National Geographic Society and Disney, is committed to bringing the world premium science, adventure and exploration content across an unrivalled portfolio of media assets. NGP combines the global National Geographic television channels (National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo, Nat Geo People) with National Geographic’s media and consumer-oriented assets, including National Geographic magazines; National Geographic studios; related digital and social media platforms; books; maps; children’s media; and ancillary activities that include travel, global experiences and events, archival sales, licensing and e-commerce businesses. Furthering knowledge and understanding of the world has been the core purpose of National Geographic for 131 years, and now it is committed to going deeper, pushing boundaries, going further for consumers… all while reaching millions of people around the world in 172 countries and 43 languages every month. NGP returns 27 percent of its proceeds to the nonprofit National Geographic Society to fund work in the areas of science, exploration, conservation and education.
About the Moments photography competition
In 2010, National Geographic Abu Dhabi launched a photography competition in the Middle East and North Africa to bring forth the collective and rising talent of the growing photography culture in the region. The ‘Moments' Award was created, and participants were asked year after year to capture and inspire audiences and judges through a single image based on a chosen theme.
Since 2014 and for the fifth year in a row, Almarai, the GCC's leading dairy industry, has been a strategic partner, with the same vision of supporting Arab talent year on year, through a platform that has seen over 180,000 accumulated participants.