Na­tional Geo­graphic’s Mo­ments Awards

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Each year, Na­tional Geo­graphic Abu Dhabi launches its photo ‘Mo­ments Awards’ con­test. In keep­ing with the Mo­ments theme, this year's com­pe­ti­tion fo­cused on a spe­cific as­pect of the re­gion's cul­ture and life­style, at­tempt­ing to cap­ture the essence of food, from pur­chas­ing pro­duce in the lo­cal mar­kets to cook­ing and eat­ing. This theme was a di­rect man­i­fes­ta­tion of ‘Sto­ries from our World’, which the chan­nel has made as its core mis­sion in the re­gion.

The over­all stan­dard of this year's sub­mis­sions is said to have wit­nessed a very high level of artistry and cre­ativ­ity, with very com­pet­i­tive en­tries, tak­ing this edi­tion one step fur­ther than the pre­vi­ous ones. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously, this year's en­trants were also en­cour­aged to sub­mit their best com­po­si­tions, not only shot through both tra­di­tional and in­no­va­tive as­pects of pho­tog­ra­phy, but through mo­bile pho­tog­ra­phy as well, for the first time.

This year's Mo­ments Awards have kept the essence each edi­tion has ex­hib­ited since the ini­tia­tive's in­cep­tion, which seeks to bring out the more in­ti­mate, warm and emo­tional fi­bre of the re­gion's tra­di­tions and cul­ture, through the lens of bud­ding artists.

Win­ners of the 6th edi­tion of Na­tional Geo­graphic Abu were an­nounced in part­ner­ship with Al­marai for the fourth year run­ning. First prize went to the Moroc­can

Mo­hamed Ben­mokhtar, for his en­try de­pict­ing a newly wed­ded young woman, from Zagora in South Morocco, mak­ing a tra­di­tional cous­cous for the first time for her hus­band's fam­ily to prove her cook­ing skills... His dra­matic com­po­si­tion cap­tur­ing the essence of the mo­ment swept him to the top, with a prize in­clud­ing a trip to Ja­pan, as well as pho­to­graphic equip­ment worth US Dol­lars 7,500. Sec­ond place went to Mo­hamed

Al­badaai from Oman, for his de­pic­tion of the mak­ing of 'maqa­did', a tra­di­tional meat del­i­cacy, made by ar­ti­sans in the Dho­far re­gion. His prize in­cludes pho­to­graphic equip­ment worth US Dol­lars 5,000.

In third place, Mohamad Nasr from Egypt en­tered an up­lift­ing mo­ment in the life of a ru­ral peas­ant woman, pro­cess­ing corn­cobs in a time im­memo­rial tra­di­tion. His prize will con­sist of pho­to­graphic equip­ment worth US Dol­lars 2,500.

First prize - Mo­hamed Ben­mokhtar

Sec­ond prize - Mo­hamed Al­badaai

Third prize - Mohamad Nasr

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