The contest is now closed for entries

Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 8, 2013 – Following an overwhelming response of more than 30,000 entries, submissions for National Geographic Abu Dhabi (NGAD) and Almarai Company’s Photomentaries photography contest have now closed.

The competition, the region’s only National Geographic photo contest, hosted as part of NGAD’s annual Photomentaries month, invited photographers from across the Middle East to celebrate Arab culture by submitting images that are quintessentially Arabic and rooted in the region.

Entries will be judged by award-winning National Geographic photographer, Joe McNally; Mohamed Al Hammadi, Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Al Arabiya Magazine, and Hussam Abdulqader, Head of Communications and PR, Almarai Company.

This year the winner will receive the prize of a lifetime – their photograph featured in National Geographic Al Arabiya Magazine, an all-expenses-paid National Geographic Photography Expedition to the Galapagos Islands and photography equipment to the value of $5,000. In addition, the competition’s first and second runner-ups will also be gifted photography accessories worth $5,000 and $2,500, respectively. The winners will be announced before May 31, 2013.

The Photomentaries competition, presented by National Geographic Abu Dhabi in collaboration with Almarai Company, was part of NGAD’s annual Photomentaries month, which saw two back-to-back episodes featuring National Geographic photographers’ exploits aired on National Geographic Abu Dhabi from March 19-April 23 2013.

About National Geographic Abu Dhabi
Launched in July 2009, the free-to-air National Geographic Abu Dhabi invites viewers in the Middle East to re-think the way they see television – and the world – through smart, innovative programming in the Arabic language. Brought to the region by the Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) and National Geographic Channels International (NGCI), the channel is dedicated to understanding and protecting the world, with its worldwide reputation of producing credible and authentic content that fits different viewers’ interests. Its programming is smart, factual entertainment weighted in favour of popular science, technology, natural history, archaeology and natural mysteries.

About Abu Dhabi Media
Abu Dhabi Media is a leading media organization in the Middle East, with businesses in free and pay television, radio, publishing, digital media, games, feature films, music, digital signage, outside broadcast/production, and printing. The company manages over 20 market-leading brands such as the TV channels Abu Dhabi Al Oula, and Abu Dhabi Riyadiya/AD Sports, Emarat FM, and Star FM radio stations, Al Ittihad and The National newspapers, Majid and Zahrat Al Khaleej magazines, the websites, and, Karkadann Games, Imagenation Abu Dhabi, LIVE, and United Printing Press. Abu Dhabi Media partners with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment on VEVO, the online music video platform and with National Geographic on National Geographic Abu Dhabi, the Arabic language television channel, and National Geographic Al Arabiya magazine. Abu Dhabi Media is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, with offices in Beirut, Cairo, Dubai and Jeddah.

About Almarai
[Tadawul: 2280] Almarai Company founded in 1977 and headquartered in Riyadh. From its core dairy business, Almarai Company has diversified its product portfolio to include juices, bakery, poultry and infant formula under the brand names Almarai, L’Usine, 7 Days, Alyoum and Almarai Enfa(range). And in furtherance of this expansion, Almarai Company established successful joint ventures with Chipita, PepsiCo and Mead Johnson Nutrition.

Since its inception, Almarai Company has been continuously providing nutritious and healthy products to consumers of all ages with its growth stemming from its bedrock principle, “Quality you can trust”. Almarai Company was able to gain the trust of its consumers and become the world’s largest vertically integrated dairy company, the region’s largest food and beverage manufacturing and distribution company, and is now ranked as the number one FMCG brand in the MENA region, and the market leader in all its categories across the GCC.

In 2012, Almarai Company reported net income of SAR 1,140 million on sales of SAR 8 billion.

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National Geographic Abu Dhabi and Almarai Company’s Photomentaries competition receives over 30,000 entries

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