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The Seventh International Session 2012

Under the patronage of International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA) is organizing the Seventh Session of the Emirates Photography Competition (EPC) 2012. The aim of the EPC is to develop photography within the United Arab Emirates by attracting as many photographers as possible, whether amateur or professional, by nurturing their talents. EPC intends to achieve this through specialized workshops, interactive meetings, seminars and holding both solo and collective exhibitions inside and outside the country. The EPC also encourages the comprehensive acquisition and publication of photographic works. Being one of the most renowned photographic events in the Middle East, the EPC invites the submission of outstanding works of different artistic styles. However, all participating works must respect performance values and standards of photographic art, as well as FIAP rules. In each annual session, the EPC has a Main Theme that encourages photographers to explore untapped potential. There are also four additional themes that may vary from one year to the next. To encourage young talent there is also special category for them to showcase their work. This year, EPC celebrates the Iraqi photographer Murad Al-Daghistani (1917-1982), who was a leading photographer in the contemporary Arab photography. Daghistanis works captures both the everyday life of his subjects as well some creative portraits of the people he encountered. Throughout his photography career he brought together a modernist view of the world, and captured the cultural values of those around him reflecting the beginning of contemporary Arab photography. The Seventh Sessions Cultural Reflections theme focuses on Daghistanis works and is a tribute to the importance of his research and study of photography. EPC is also pleased to announce the continuation of the Noor Ali Rashed Award, which is an annual award be given to the best Emirati photographer of 2012 for works that

highlight local environmental and cultural symbols of the UAE through participation in different themes of the Competition. Noor Ali Rashed (1929 2010) was one of the leading figures in the art of photography in the UAE, who through his photography, contributed to the documentation of the life within UAE society, and its ruling families. EPC will also continue to give an award for the best collection of photographs from participants living in the Arab world. A FIAP Gold Medal will be given to each of the best five authors participating in the Seventh Session. There will also be an award for the best five groups from international photography associations and clubs in recognition of the supporting role that clubs play in developing the cultural movement of photography. For the first time, an award for Fine Arts in Photography is being launched. This Award consists of three gold medals that will be awards awarded for the best works that present modern innovative ideas that contribute to developing photography. The EPC believes in the inclusive nature of art and its timeless ability to unite the interests and creativity of human beings everywhere, as well as the ability of photography to facilitate interaction and communication amongst people. Therefore the EPCs Seventh Edition will be open to all photographers from around the world.

Sections of the Competition

First: The Main Theme Cultural Reflections

Capture innovative photographs that reflect the cultural values of society to show the diverse richness of peoples lives and identities. The pictures should show the way that culture is reflected in society and could record national events, religious festivals or other celebrations, music, folklore or cultural identify through national dress, fashion or faces. The places we live also provide a rich source of inspiration on how culture is reflected in our society, whether through the historical or natural environment or the modern construction of our cities. As this year, we celebrate the famous photographer Murad Daghistani, we should look towards his work for inspiration on the way he captured the culture and society in his photographs to create a modern image that represents us and to reflect our cultural identity.

Second: General Themes

1 Nature The Natural World is full of rich images. It is characterized by the diversity of its environment including natural landscapes, the beauty of flora and fauna and the grandeur of animals, birds insects and reptiles. This world provides a myriad of opportunities for the photographer to capture stunning images. Nature Photography definition according to FIAPs document n INFO 2001/341 Nature photography depicts living, untamed animals and uncultivated plants in a natural habitat, geology and the wide diversity of natural phenomena, from insects to icebergs. Photographs of animals which are domesticated, caged or under any form of restraint, as well as photographs of cultivated plants are ineligible. Minimal evidence of humans is acceptable for nature subjects, such as barn owls or storks, adapting to an environment modified by humans, or natural forces, like hurricanes or tidal waves, reclaiming it. The original image must have been taken by the photographer, whatever photographic medium is used. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemishes and must not alter the content of the original scene. After satisfying the above requirements, every effort should be made to use the highest level of artistic skill in al) nature photographs. 2 Portrait

The art of the Portrait creates a memory through a picture that captures the faces of a person or people. It freezes a moment in peoples lives that can be shared with the rest of the world. The skill of a portrait photographer is to record the expressions of their subject creating a story with every image. 3 Sport The photography of sport and movement provides a vivid example of the value of the critical moment in the captured image, whether it is still or moving. It can capture the action or its aftermath, of pain or triumph or of the reaction of spectators. The artistically and dramatically crafted picture can give the greatest impact despite the familiarity of this area due to journalistic photography. 4 Macro Macro photography brings subjects, which is not visible to the human eye, to life. The creativity and skill of the photographer can make these details a reality, sharing the beauty of this microscopic world with those around them.

5 Future image by future eyes This is a special category for those participants that are under 21 years of age. It will be split into two groups; those who are between 16 and 21, and those under 16. A. Up to the age of 16 years (born after 1994) B. Up to the age of 21 Years (born after 1989) The Theme of this category is open, and covers a wide range of topics such as nature, people, landscapes, abstract, details or other styles of photography. All images should show the creative or artistic ability of the photographer, demonstrating the use of light, composition and creative vision that contribute to a photograph's ability to portray a message or a story. To enter this category the photographer does not need to use a professional camera, but can use any digital camera available from which a high quality image can be obtained. Images from mobile phones are not allowed. Participation as a group is also allowed if through a school, college, university or other educational institution.

Grand Prize AED 50,000 + FIAP Gold Medal Given to the best participation in the Main Theme Main Theme Awards First Prize AED 20,000 + FIAP Gold Medal Second Prize: AED 15,000 + FIAP Silver Medal Third Prize: AED 10,000 + FIAP Bronze Medal General Theme Prizes The following three prizes are given to winners in each of the four General Themes: First Prize: AED 20,000 + FIAP Gold Medal Second Prize: AED 15,000 + FIAP Silver Medal Third Prize: AED 10,000 + FIAP Bronze Medal

Emirati Talents Award The following three prizes will be awarded to the winners of Future Image by Future Eyes for each age group. First Prize: AED 12,000 + FIAP Gold Medal Second Prize: AED 10,000 + FIAP Silver Medal Third Prize: AED 8,000 + FIAP Bronze Medal

Emirati Photographer Award of 2012 Noor Ali Rashed Award for the Emirati Photographer of 2012 Given to the best portfolio presented by UAE photographers, highlighting local environmental and cultural symbols of the UAE. Prize: AED 30,000 + FIAP Gold Medal

Emirati Photo Award Given to UAE local photographers for their best portfolio in all themes First Prize: AED 20,000 + FIAP Gold Medal Second Prize: AED 15,000 + FIAP Silver Medal Third Prize: AED 10,000 + FIAP Bronze Medal

Fine Arts in Photography Award: Given to the best works which represent creative and contemporary ideas that contribute to developing photography: Three awards of a FIAP Gold Medal.

Arab Photo Award:

Given to participating Arab photographers for their best portfolio in all themes: Five FIAP Gold Medals.

Best Photographer Award: Given to the photographer who achieves the largest number of works accepted in various sections of the Competition. The Award is a FIAP Decoration. Photography Clubs Award: Given to the best group participation by photography associations or clubs from around the world, which includes: Three prizes of AED 10,000 + FIAP Gold Medal Five FIAP Gold Medals.

All winners from outside the UAE will get a five-day invitation inclusive of travel and accommodation costs to attend the completions program and award ceremony in Abu Dhabi. All winners will receive trophies in the shape of the Competition's logo and appreciation certificates. Distinguished works in all themes will receive certificates of appreciation. All participants will receive by mail a copy of the Competitions book and a participation certificate. Prizes in each section will be paid to winners in UAE Dirham or the equivalent in other used international currencies. Prizes will be given to participants in person in Abu Dhabi or be transferred to their bank accounts on the date of award ceremony. The value of the UAE Dirham is roughly: US$ 1 = AED 3.70 An official and valid travel document is required to be able to receive the award.

Terms and Conditions: To participate in EPC, photographers must take the following steps: 1. Register at the website of the Competition , Fill in the application form in English only. The registration will be then activated via an email sent to applicant. 2. Complete the registration process and add each photo title within the right Theme. 3. Upload photos to the website according to the various sections and themes. 4. Pay subscription online in UAE Dirham or equivalent in US Dollar as follows: a. Participation in the Main Theme: US$ 20 AED 80. b. Participation in the General Themes: US$ 10 AED 40 for each theme c. Participation in all themes (Main and General): US$ 45 AED 180. Rules related to participants:

5. Entry is open to all photographers worldwide, amateur or professional either as an individual or as a group. If entering as a group, club or photographic society there must be a minimum of 10 participants and the declaration of the group entry must be made when registering. 6. Photographers can participate in one, some, or all themes (Main and General). 7. Each photographer can submit a maximum of four photographs to each theme. The same photograph cannot be entered into more than one theme. 8. Participants have the right to participate with a portfolio only in the Main Theme, provided that such portfolio corresponds to the theme (Cultural Reflections), and includes at least six photographs and no more than 10. 9. The closing date to receive participating works is September 03, 2012. 10. Participants must submit their photographs as digital files which will be uploaded into the website only. Prints or e-mail attachments will not be accepted.

Rules related to photographs: 11. Photographs can be taken in colour or black-and-white. 12. Photographs can be edited or have additions as long as they are authentic. However, adoptions of works done by other artists or plagiarised works are not accepted. 13. Photographs with scripts or drawings such as signatures and borders are not accepted. 14. Each photo must be (titled) and preferably short. If submitting a portfolio for the Main Theme give a title to each image as well as a title to the portfolio. 15. Photographs must be submitted in JPG format only. and the size of the shortest dimension (either length or width) not less than 2000 pixels. The photograph must be high quality and at least 300 dpi. (To get high quality printouts, it is not advisable to scale down the originals or enlarge or scale down quality settings whether the originals are less or more than 300 dpi. Hence, unaltered original photos definitely give the best printouts regardless of the camera type). 16. Photographs originating from film, medium or large format cameras or slide are all acceptable provided they scanned and entered digitally. 17. Photographs that participated in previous sessions of EPC are not accepted. Participants shall: 18. Acknowledge their full ownership of their submitted works (comprising all the elements included in the photographs and creative ideas related to them) and declare that

they are not plagiarised or adopted from or do not include any elements from works by other artists. 19. Acknowledge that the rights related to their submitted photographs have not been assigned, sold, reserved or licensed in any way whatsoever to third party or subject to any restriction that may restrict their full freedom and associated rights. 20. Acknowledge that they have obtained all the required approvals with respect to the persons appearing in their photographs or with respect to their publication in books, prints and exhibitions as per the above rules. 21. Authorize EPC to exhibit their submitted photographs in exhibitions organized by the Abu Authority for Culture and Heritage inside and outside the UAE. 22. Authorize EPC to reproduce and publish or allow third parties to reproduce and publish all their submitted photographs through all types of international media outlets, while reserving the intellectual and material rights of the photographers. Other conditions: 23. The Administration of the Competition shall have the right to reject any participation that does not meet the requirements, objectives or themes without having to justify it. 24. Once submitted, participants do not have the right to withdraw their photographs. 25. EPC shall not be liable to any loss or damage of any participating work or participation fees resulting from mail service or any other reason whatsoever. 26. The rules and regulations of participation are final. Participation shall constitute an inclusive and prior approval by participants of the above said rules and regulations. Participations that do not observe such rules and regulations will be rejected. The Competitions program: Deadline of receiving works Meeting of the jury Participants' notification about results The Awards ceremony and exhibition Publication of the Competitions book The Jury The jury will be announced later. The panel includes five members who have expertise in culture and visual arts both locally and internationally. Two members belong to FIAP while another is from EPCs management.

September 30, 2012 October 15, 2012 October 20, 2012 December 2012 December 2012

For information and inquiries: Mr. Bader Al Nomani Director of Emirates Photography Competition The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage P. O. Box 2380 - Abu Dhabi, UAE Tel: +971 2 657 6378 +971 2 657 6352 Fax: +971 2 443 9482 E-mail: Website: