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Ksa Leads Gcc Submissions In National Geographic Abu Dhabi & Almarai’S ‘Moments’ Competition

National Geographic Abu Dhabi (NGAD) and Almarai announced today that ‘Moments’, the Middle East and North Africa’s annual regional photography competition, is attracting vast interest from the region in the submissions phase. In the GCC, Saudi is leading in terms of submissions followed by the UAE and then the rest of the Gulf. The competition is open with entries accepted until August 10, 2019. ‘Moments’ has established itself as one of the largest and most popular competitions in the region, providing talent with wide exposure and the unique chance to learn from National Geographic photography experts through a once in a lifetime photography travel expedition.

The competition is held in partnership with Almarai, who has been a strategic supporter of this platform for the last 6 years as part of a shared vision of nurturing youth & talent from the Middle East. Under the theme of ‘Souqs of the Middle East’, the 2019 ‘Moments’ edition invites photographers from the region to capture the diversity and stories of markets from around the Arab world, which have been at the heart of the region’s culture and history. Saudi photographers took a journey across the Kingdom, revealing the diversity of markets in the different regions. At the Bab Makkah Souq in Jeddah, photographers’ lens captured fruits and vegetable merchants. In Al Qaysariyah Souk in Al Ahsa, one of the oldest souks in the Eastern part of the Kingdom, featuring a multitude of traditional Arabian Gulf garments, images captured agricultural products and tools, as well as a wide array of local incense and oud. Images also captured the Tarot market in the ancient island of the same name, which lies to the Northeast of Dammam and is considered to be one of the earliest inhabited sites in the Arabian Gulf. Images also captured markets in the Southern Cities of Jazan and Najran, home to traditional markets of sesame and Janbiah dagger making.

Emirati photographers captured the country’s market offerings across the nation: from generation-old coffee roasting methods in Sharjah market to picturesque images of Dubai’s Old Souq, to the Abu Dhabi market featuring classic Arabian Gulf boat-making. We also discover the fish markets in Fujairah and Khorfakkan, with images showing fresh fish captured by expert fishermen. Some stunning souqs from the rest of the Gulf were also captured. These included images of the traditional Nizwa souq in Oman, featuring produce stalls, butcher shops, hunting equipment sellers, and traditional date shops as well as an ancient fort. Bahrain images highlighted the Muharraq souq, which displays a plethora of jewellery shops, spices vendors, coffee shops, and offers visitors delicious Halwa, a traditional Arab confectionary. Meanwhile, in Kuwait, stunning images captured the ‘Birds Market’, which features a multitude of shops displaying different species of birds, including pigeons, canaries, and parrots among others. Almarai, the GCC's leading dairy industry, has been a strategic partner of National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s Moments Competition since 2014 and for the sixth year in a row, with a shared vision and commitment to support Arab budding photographers, through offering them exposure and the possibility to be discovered on a platform that has seen over 200,000 accumulated participants.

Reflecting National Geographic and Almarai’s commitment to youth development, ‘Moments’ will feature a returning category this year for photographers aged 13-17.

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. Reflecting National Geographic and Almarai’s commitment to youth development, ‘Moments’ will feature a new category this year for photographers aged 13-17. Since 2014 and for the sixth 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 200,000 accumulated participants over the last nine years.

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.

 
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