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Spaces of Light Photography Competition Season Five


Tagline: My Journey


The father has left to his desired place but he has left a thousand ways.

With these words in mind, we begin our journey to this season of Spaces of Light competition under the tagline My Journey. The My Journey idea comes from the journey of the life of our father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may Allah bless his soul. Some people say that the construction of the Shiekh Zayed Grand mosque happened towards the end of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyans journey of life, but we say that the journey is still going on, forever.
Season Five of the photography competition this year will have three new themes and categories.

General Category

The 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 image or a set of sequential images showcasing your concept. This theme is divided into two categories:
1 - Colorful Photo
Entries should be original photographs of a part or whole of the Mosque taken during the day or night.
2 - Hand Coloring
This category promotes the harmony of painting and photography in a single piece of work. Its the art of adding colors to a photograph manually. Any color - watercolor, oil, charcoal, or any available color can be used on a B&W or color photograph without losing its aesthetic value.

Behind the Scenes

This theme refers to the daily activities at the SZGM. Capture whatever that interests you: visitors, worshipers, staff, tour guides, organizers, safety guards, cleaners, and children who play around. Anything and anybody at the mosque can be your subject. Immortalize what they do against the stunning backdrop of any part of the mosque. Photographs can be submitted individually or as a sequence.

24 hours - Time Lapse

This category aims to encourage the use of digital technologies in photography that gives the impression of a continuous movement for an indefinite period of time. Movements of people and shadows in and around the mosque can be captivating themes. There could be other moving themes revealing themselves to the observing eye of a creative photographer.

Registration and Entry Details:

- Registration must be done through the official website of the Center: www.szgmc.gov.ae
- Each photographer can participate in one or all of the categories.
- Three images are allowed in the Colorful Photo category
- Three images are allowed in the Hand Coloring category which should be produced on A3 card and submitted by hand to the SZGMC.
- Three individual photos or 10 sequential photos are allowed in the Behind the Scenes category. These can be either color or black & white images.
- Three images are allowed in the 24 Hours Time Lapse category