Noor Islamic Bank and Noor Takaful, leaders in online financial services and owners of Shapeyourcountry.com, the social media online forum, have issued a last call to photographers in the United Arab Emirates to upload images of the UAE to the web site in order to stand a chance of winning prizes.
Since its launch on January 7, 2010 Shapeyourcountry.com has proved to be a big hit with UAE-based photographers, attracting 550 photographs and over 50,000 votes. Many more entries are expected before the contest closes on 18 February, 2010, as UAE residents and citizens participate by uploading authentic images of the UAE which they have taken, to www.shapeyourcountry.com
Noor Islamic Bank and Noor Takaful have put together a list of four renowned photography, arts and culture, landscape, broadcast production and environment experts, to judge the photography competition.
The judging panel includes: Khalil Abdul Wahid, Manager of Visual Arts, Dubai Culture and Arts Authority; Dariush Zandi, Founder, Total Arts
Gallery, Nayla Al Khaja, D-SEVEN Motion Pictures, and Mhic Chambers, UAE-based freelance photographer. Also taking part in the judging process and representing Noor Islamic Bank and Noor Takaful, will be long time photography enthusiast, James McPherson, Noor Islamic Bank.
Judging will take place in the week following the competition’s closure on February 18, with the winners announced shortly afterwards.
The panel of judges will review the entries based on specific criteria and then choose the first, second and third prize winners. The winner will receive a prize; second place winner will be awarded a prize and third place will receive a prize.
The contest, which seeks to capture pictures of the UAE’s uniqueness, is in line with ShapeYourCountry’s (SYC) mission to link communities living within the UAE, irrespective of nationality, age and economic status, as well as Emirati’s residing abroad, and to shape preferences for their preferred financial institution.
Launched in January 2008, Noor Islamic Bank has earned a solid reputation for performance, premium service and customer care and augmented its electronic banking network to cover more than 84 ATMs across the UAE.
Noor Takaful was launched in January 2009, following Noor Investment Group’s realization of untapped opportunities for insurance and takaful products in the GCC region and beyond. Noor Takaful Family PJSC and Noor Takaful General PJSC have a combined paid-up capital of Dhs150m. They offer a comprehensive suite of general and family takaful coverage for
individuals, businesses and corporate clients. The insurer aims to eventually expand the reach of these operations to cover the Middle East and North African region.