Three astounding winners chosen from more than Eighty Thousand entries from around the Middle East

Abu Dhabi, UAE, May 27, 2012– The ‘Life in Motion’ photography contest, held by National Geographic Abu Dhabi, in collaboration with National Geographic Al Arabiya Magazine, as part of its Photomentaries 2012 festival, has come to a sensational ending as the channel announced the names of the winners. Taking first place is Amri Arfianto from the UAE, whose stunning image captures the essence of Dubai’s always-moving culture.

As the competition’s winner, Arfianto won the Grand Prize of having his photograph being featured in National Geographic Al Arabiya Magazine, and received photography equipment worth US$5000.

Taking second place with his photograph of a man riding a cycle through a puddle creating ripples in its wake is Firos Syed from Qatar. In third place is Reham Darwish from Egypt, with her triptych presentation of Sufi whirling dancers. Both Syed and Darwish will have their winning photograph featured on National Geographic Abu Dhabi TV, and receive photography equipment worth US$2500 and US$1500 respectively.

“The response we received to the ‘Life in Motion’ competition was outstanding, and a true demonstration of the incredible photography talent that the Middle East has. There were more than double the number of entrants this year than for our inaugural competition in 2011,demonstrating the strong association of photography and imagery with the National Geographic brand,” said Rohit D’Silva, Senior Vice President and General Manager (Middle East & North Africa), National Geographic Abu Dhabi. “We are committed to fulfilling this association by continuing to deliver engaging television shows to our audience, such as those programs featured during the highly successful Photomentaries 2012 festival.”

Mohamed Al Hammadi, Editor in Chief of National Geographic Al Arabiya Magazine, and a jury in the judging panel for the competition: “National Geographic Al Arabiya is committed to supporting local talents from around the region, and providing them with a platform on which to communicate the wealth of amazing regional stories there are to be told. Having a photograph featured in National Geographic magazine is a dream come true for many photographers around the world. This dream has become a reality for our winner who captured the competition’s theme so beautifully and displayed real talent, and we are honored to offer him and the rest of the winners the opportunity to tell their story.” commented Al Hammadi.

National Geographic photographer, George Steinmetz, was on the contest’s judging panel, and commented: “The ‘Life in Motion’ competition allowed the Middle East to demonstrate its impressive creative talent. To be a successful photographer takes more than the ability to click a button; you have to have artistic flair as well as the ability to portray a story through an image. Amri Arfianto’s entry did exactly that.”

The ‘Life in Motion’ photo contest was the second photography competition held by National Geographic Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. Open to the public across the Arab world, entrants were encouraged to capture how the world around us in constant motion.

About George Steinmetz
Best known for his exploration photography, George Steinmetz sets out to discover thefew remaining secrets in our world today: remote deserts, obscure cultures, the mysteries of science and technology. A regular contributor to National Geographic and GEO Magazines, he has explored subjects ranging from the remotest stretches of Arabia’s Empty Quarter to the unknown tree people of Irian

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, 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; and subsidiaries Image Nation, LIVE and United Printing Press. Abu Dhabi Media partners with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment on VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, and with National Geographic on National Geographic Abu Dhabi, the Arabic language television channel and National Geographic Al Arabiya magazine.

National Geographic Abu Dhabi reveals winners of ‘Life in Motion’ photography contest

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