One of the most prestigious photography awards in the region, ‘Abu Dhabi Through Your Eyes’, is to be relaunched this year after a long gap.
The competition, which was launched in 2008, ran for three years.
The competition is open to all professional and amateur photographers, both to residents and visitors. The only condition is that entries have to be unpublished photographs that capture the spirit of Abu Dhabi.
Entrants can submit their entries electronically through the dedicated www.abudhabitye.com website. The webpage also includes the winning images of the past three years and information and updates on the competition. It also lists educational trips, workshops and photography seminars that can aid participants. Bi-weekly tips on photography from talented UAE-based photographers are also posted on the site.
The finalists will be selected by a judging panel which will choose the winning images based on creativity and originality, technical execution, photographic quality, visual impact, emotion, ability to tell a story, and the essence of Abu Dhabi. The competition will have two winner categories, one for Public entries and one specifically for students. The first prize winner under the ‘Public’ category will receive Dh 50,000, the second prize winner will receive Dh 35,000, and the third prize winner will receive Dh 20,000. The rest of seven prize winners will receive Dh 10,000 each. Etihad Airways will also gift air tickets to the first three winners of the ‘Public’ category, and the first two winners of the ‘Student’ category.
In the ‘Student’ category, the first prize will be Dh 15,000, the second Dh 10,000, and the third Dh 5,000.
Winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in September 2016.