EU Delegation announces winners of its 10th Annual Photography Competition

ENGLISH / EU Delegation announces winners of its 10th Annual Photography Competition

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Cairo, 07 December 2017

By : Lamis Maher

EU Delegation announces winners of its 10th Annual Photography Competition

The European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt announced the three winners of the 10th edition of the Annual Photography Competition for amateur photographers held under the theme "Favourite Destinations in Egypt". This year witnessed participation from more than 140 persons, submitting more than 400 photos.

After considering professional standards in the photos presented and ensuring their reflection of this year’s theme, the jury selected Mr. Farid Mahmoud Abdeen as the first winner with his photo entitled "Island", captured in Kafr El Sheikh Governorate. The second-place winner is Mr. Ahmed Badr Ahmed Abdel Azim with the photo entitled “Balloon", taken in Luxor. The third winner is Mr. Mustafa Bashar Al-Shorbagi with the photo "Aswan Boat", captured in Aswan.

Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, Head of EU Delegation to Egypt, underscored the importance of the photography competition to reach out to Egyptians from various backgrounds and in different cities. "This year’s photos show the beauty and diversity of Egypt. We hope that tourists would visit the country and enjoy its marvels."

The first three winners will receive valuable awards from the EU Delegation to Egypt. The Delegation’s 2018 desk calendar will feature the top 12 photos. A special awarding ceremony and an exhibition featuring the top 30 photos will be held early next year.

The jury members for this year’s Competition are Ashraf Talaat, Shaima Alaa and Ahmed Mustafa. Mr. Talaat works as a professional photographer for National Geographic magazine. His work has been exhibited in many countries. He won several awards, among them the photographer of the year at Venice International Photo Contest 2005. Ms. Alaa is a professional artist and photographer. She participated in several competitions and exhibitions and won various awards, including the Grand Prize in AL Sharjah Photography Contest 2014. Mr. Mustafa is a professional photographer. He was awarded the title of "Photographer of the Year" by InFocus Photography Club in 2014.

Members of jury commended the quality of the photos presented, which reveals the progress of the level of amateur photographers in Egypt. "The work presented this year reflects the professionalism and understanding of the theme of the competition. We were impressed by many outstanding photos, which gave us the opportunity to choose the best from them," said jury members.

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