Spaces of Lights Photography Competition (Fourth Season)

Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center is organizing the fourth season of its Photography Competition “Spaces of Light” under the theme “Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Echoes of Emirati Heritage in Islamic Architecture”, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center aims to enhance its intellectual and cultural presence in the community as a pioneering cultural centre. The photography competition was launched in October 2010 by the SZGMC in celebration of the aesthetic and cultural significance of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and has since been an annual event.
This acclaimed competition in the field of photography is considered an opportunity to recognize Abu Dhabi’s landmark achievements in architecture as well as contribute to the evolution of the practice of photography in the country.
The first three years of the competition have been hugely successful with an ever increasing number of professional and amateur photography enthusiasts participating from around the world. There were 4000 entries from 50 countries in the first season, 5000 entries from 50 countries in the second season, and 5500 entries from 70 countries in the third season, confirming the status of “Spaces of Light” as an important international cultural event. The event has also received outstanding media attention at national, region and international levels.
The fourth season of the competition is ”Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – Echoes of Emirati Heritage in Islamic Architecture”, and participants are invited to enter their work under two new and exciting categories aiming to raise the competition to even higher levels of success.

Category One: Inspirations of Islamic Architectural Art in Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is characterized by the beauty of its domes, marble columns and arches which reflect the greatness of Islamic architecture. The distinctive patterns inspired by the Islamic heritage are distinguished by beauty and creativity. As a photographer you will enjoy spending time freely inside the Grand Mosque unleashing your creativity to capture the most unique perspectives. Send us your most valuable entries that combine artistic flair, creativity, subject matter and detail. Your entry can be a single photo or a set of sequential images showcasing your concept.

Category Two: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Contemporary reflections of Emirates Heritage


The second category of the competition this year aims to inspire the participating photographer to capture images of the mosque that reflect the heritage of the United Arab Emirates and its people. Your entry can be a single photo or a set of sequential images showcasing your concept.