National Geographic Abu Dhabi and Almarai announced today that "Moments", the MENA region’s annual photography competition, has drawn a large number of competitors in the submission phase.
In North Africa, Egypt is leading in terms of submissions followed closely by Morocco and Algeria.
The competition is still open and entries are accepted until 10 August.
"Moments" has established itself as one of the largest and most popular competitions in the region, providing talents with wide exposure and a chance to learn from National Geographic photography experts through a once-in-a-lifetime photography travel expedition.
The "Moments" Award was created in 2010, and participants were asked year after year to capture and inspire audiences and judges through a single image based on a chosen theme.
The competition is held in partnership with Almarai, that has been a strategic supporter of this platform for the last six years as part of a shared vision of nurturing youth and talents in the Middle East.
Held under the theme of "Souqs of the Middle East", the 2019 edition invites photographers from the region to capture the diversity and tales of markets from around the Arab world, with markets being at the heart of the region’s culture and history.
Egyptian photographers captured stunning photos from the ancient souq of Khan El-Khalili, showcasing daily local produce, souvenirs, and a vast array of art works and crafts.
They also exhibited tales of the local souq of Atfih, capturing locals craftsmen making marionettes and puppets, as well as the annual local market of the Festival of Peace, held in Siwa Oasis. Festival photos show locals displaying their produce to mark the annual peace anniversary of ending a 160-year war.
Over in Morocco, photographers showcased captivating images of the souq in Chefchaouen, which is famous for its strikingly blue buildings and where local shops display handmade products to potential buyers. Northeast of Chefchaouen, in the souq of a small town of Oued Laou, the photographs captured bags of spices lined up in an awe-inspiring concoction of colours.
Photos in Algeria highlighted the diversity of the country. With Algeria being the 10th largest country in the world, different tribes and cultures intermix through its cities.
This is evident in the western city of Wahran, where the vibrant alignment of spices attracts the Wahran market visitors. The theme is also noticed in the Saharan city of Ouargla, where shoppers flock to visit the city’s traditional souq.
In Tunisia, photographers captured an old man roaming in the old henna souq of the southern Tunisian city of Gabes, which exhibits a fascinating offering of local tools and produce in addition to its key highlight, henna.
Over the past nine years, "Moments" has provided a platform for more than 200,000 photographers. This year, it features a category for budding photographers aged 13-17.
To submit entries and view a photo gallery of submitted works, visit www.natgeo-moments.com.