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Photography LIVE Photo Contest 2017

Photography LIVE's annual photo contest is a platform for participants to gain recognition in the Middle East region for their artistic and technical achievements. Organised by Photography LIVE and Monda Gallery, the contest is open to all, with 4 submission categories designed to reflect on the UAE’s life and beauty, and 4 categories designed to reflect on the Middle East and the World.


Gain Exposure

Winners and selected shortlisted entrants will be promoted as part of Photography Live year-round marketing campaign and in the press
They will have their pictures exhibited at Photography LIVE, within the Center Stage
They will have their pictures exhibited at Sofitel Dubai the Palm Resort & Spa from May to September 2017

Get Recognised

Benefit from exposure across the Middle East and stand a chance to get recognised by big brands and industry professionals who will be at the show.
Receive accolades to add to your resume that will help secure grants and commissioned work.

Get recognition you deserve among peers, as an expert in your field.

Win Prizes

Winners will receive exclusive prizes from leading photography brands


10,000 US$ worth of prizes have been offered by Nikon, NiSi Camera Filters, Grand Stores Digital, Sofitel Dubai the Palm Resort and Spa, and MonViso water including:

Vouchers for Nikon purchases in Dubai
Six sets of NiSi camera filters
Eight Crumpler bags
Eight vouchers for Oyster & Sushi for 2 guests at Laguna Lounge, on the beach of Sofitel The Palm Resort and Spa
Cash prizes by MonViso water





Open for entries: NOW
Submission deadline: extended to 7 April 2017
Awards Ceremony: 5 May 2017



Submitted pictures will be evaluated according to the following criteria, by order of importance:

Aesthetic attractiveness
Story behind the picture
Originality/ Distinctiveness
Technical achievement



1. Life in the UAEIncludes street photography, events, and any scene reflecting the fabric of life in the UAE across nationalities and social activities.
2. Cityscapes of the UAECity views and architecture.
3. Landscapes of the UAEAll landscapes in the UAE
4. Animals and wildlife of the UAEAll animals, whether in full wilderness or natural reservations such as Sir Bani Yas island.
5. The Arab WorldAny picture taken in any Arab country
6. Children of the Middle EastChildren pictures from across the Middle East
7. Portraits of the WorldAny portrait taken anywhere in the world
8. Photography ManipulationPhotography creations using any digital methods and tools of your choice



Select a category (or categories) that suit your artistic style and subject choice.
Choose your top 3 pieces for each category entered, or challenge yourself to shoot something new. (Maximum of 1 category per photo).
Submit your photos and descriptions in the online form

And that’s it!



Every image should follow the naming convention in order to be applicable to enter.
Please attach the Image Specification Sheet in the WeTransfer link which you provide.
By submitting your pictures to Photography LIVE Photo contest 2017, your authorize Photography Live and Monda Gallery to publicize your pictures with due reference to the author, for the purpose of promoting Photography LIVE and its photography contest.
Digital post-production is allowed in Categories 1 to 7, however no composite pictures are allowed in these categories.
Any digital method and tools are allowed in Category 8.
Pictures are expected to be no more than 3 years of age.
For any questions, please contact