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Canon Middle East And Dubai Internet City Announce Winners Of ’Celebrations’ Photography Competition
(13 February 2011)


Canon Middle East and Dubai Internet City have announced the winners of its first joint nationwide photography competition, revealing the top four images that were judged to best capture the theme ’Celebrations’.

With more than 550 entries to choose from, an independent panel of judges selected Faran Niaz’s photograph titled ‘Dancers’ as the overall winner, while Donell Gumiran’s ‘Middle Eastern Show’ secured the second position. The third and the fourth positions were bagged by Rupesh Aravind and Mark Skelton.

The month long competition was targeted at budding photographers, vying for the chance to win a state of the art Canon DSLR camera - the EOS 60 D. The three runner up winners bagged DSLR cameras including the EOS 550D, EOS 500D and an EOS 1000D respectively.

“The quality of imagery submitted was very high and demonstrated the entrants’ photographic skills, with many of the entries managing to capture the spirit of a celebration in a split second shot. Canon’s competition has inspired the imagination and creativity of passionate photographers from across the country, and enabled them to capture the essence of ‘Celebrations’ using the power of image,” said Hendrik Verbrugghe, Marketing Director, Canon Middle East.

The panel of judges for the photography competition consisted of well known photo editors and photographers such as Don Cocksedge, Clint McLean, Maha Nasra, Jassim Al Awadhi, Billie Muller and Vineet Wadhwa.

Reem Shaban, Head of Marketing Dubai Internet City, said: “There is an abundance of talent in the country that requires a platform to showcase the range in the right manner. Competitions such as these encourage individuals to tap into their innate potential and display the competencies before a well-informed audience that includes top professionals. Dubai Internet City will continue supporting our business partners through events that brings the country’s talent to the fore in various sectors.”

Commenting on the winners images, Don Cocksedge, a member of the judging panel said, “Motion is always a big part of any celebration and the first and second place winners have captured this sense of activity beautifully. No celebration is complete without friends and family as shown by the third place winner”.

“While congratulating our winners, we would also like to recognise other talented photographers who submitted images to make this competition a success. As the brand that revolutionised consumer DSLR photography, we are thrilled to see how much photographic talent the country is producing,” concluded Verbrugghe.

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