EU Delegation honours winners of its 10th Annual Photography Competition and exhibits top 30 photos at Townhouse Gallery

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EU Delegation honours winners of its 10th Annual Photography Competition and exhibits top 30 photos at Townhouse Gallery

By : Lamis Maher

The European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt honoured today the winners of its 10th Annual Photography Competition for Amateur Photographers in a ceremony at Townhouse Gallery in downtown Cairo. Top 30 photos in the competition, including those of the winners, are exhibited in Townhouse Gallery until and including Wednesday, 17 January.

The 10th edition of the Annual Photography Competition was held under the theme "Favourite Destinations in Egypt". It witnessed participation from 143 persons, submitting more than 400 photos from various parts of the country.

"I am delighted to see the high number of photos submitted under this theme, and the artistic merit and quality of these pictures, which show the beauty and diversity of Egypt. These wonderful pictures surely encourage to visit ’om el Donia’ Masr and enjoy its marvels," said Ambassador Ivan Surkoš, Head of EU Delegation to Egypt.

Ambassador Surkoš awarded the first winner Mr. Farid Mahmoud Abdeen an upgraded lens compatible with his camera. The second-place winner Mr. Ahmed Badr Abdel Azim received a lighting kit, while the third winner Mr. Mostafa Bashar El Shorbagy was awarded a flash compatible with his camera. Top 30 photographers received certificates and a catalogue featuring their work. Moreover, top 12 photos were printed in a desk calendar for 2018 issued by the EU Delegation.

Through this competition, the EU Delegation promotes and stimulates creativity among amateur photographers in Egypt, and gives them an opportunity to showcase their work to a wider audience.

Over the years, the theme of the competition has varied from "Life in a Picture" and "Visions of a Shared Heritage" to "Job Creativity of Egyptians and Youth". The theme of 2017, "Favourite Destinations in Egypt", was selected through a vote on the EU Delegation Facebook page.

The jury members of the 10th edition of the 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 has 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 has 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.

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