A few days ago we received an email from Sawsan Khamis Musabbah of the team at The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage with information on the 7th session of the Emirati Photography Competition. Those familiar with our work will know that our founder Grace Yacoub & the wider team Zaman are BIG supporters of platforms that celebrate and showcase the arts and elements of culture from our part of the world.

Over the years we’ve been honoured to have collaborated with organizations in the private and public sector on iconic projects such as the inaugural Al Ain Photographia Award, SIKKA art fair and Bastakiya. We are always amazed by just how popular photography has become in the UAE, not just as a hobby but as a profession too. Whether you’re an amateur or a pro, EPC 2012 is definitely worth checking out. Final submission date is September 30th, 2012.

Emirates Photography Competition 2012 – key details:


“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.

2012 Theme

‘Cultural Reflections’ is the main theme this year and is inspired by the work of Iraqi photographer Murad Al-Daghistani (1917-1982); who was a leading photographer in the contemporary Arab photography. Daghistani’s works captures both the everyday life of his subjects as well some creative portraits of the people he encountered. Other general themes include: Nature, Portrait, Sport and Future image by future eyes.


Entry is open to all photographers worldwide, amateur or professional either as an individual or as a group. Entrants can participate in all themes. All winners from outside the UAE will get a five-day invitation inclusive of travel and accommodation costs to attend the completion’s program and award ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

Submission dates

The closing date to receive participating works is September 30, 2012 and the Awards ceremony and exhibition will be held in December 2012. Participants must submit their photographs as digital files which will be uploaded into the website only. All participating works must respect performance values and standards of photographic art, as well as FIAP rules. Prints or e-mail attachments will not be accepted.

To read more on the rules and how to participate we’ve uploaded the detailed documents we received on our Scribd board.

EPC 2012 participation invite (English) – click here

EPC 2012 participation invite (Arabic) – click here

Emirates Photography Competition 2012 media brief – click here

You can can also head to the EPC Facebook page and the official website.

All the best!