From 50,000 entries received from across the Middle East and North Africa, 90 were shortlisted for the 2019 edition of National Geographic Abu Dhabi's 'Moments' competition that spotlighted the rich chaos of Arab marketplaces from Morocco to Saudi Arabia. More than a third of the shortlisted photographs came from Arab photographers from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Oman. Every single one of the 90 photographs that were chosen highlights the diversity and beauty of the marketplaces – or souqs – of the Arab World. Each souq has a character, and it’s very prominent in the photos, whether from the smiles of the local craftsmen that have spent their lives at this place, to the ancient architectures and the colourful spice shops.
By Wafa Abdulmajeed, of the Mutrah Souq in Muscat, Oman.
From the 90 shortlisted entries, two women got the cake for best photographs from Arab souqs for capturing the best moments, with authentic and complex details. The winning photographs capture a story, adding context to the photo. In the adult section, Lebanon's Zeinab Khalifeh won with her photograph of a daily scene from the old souq in Saida, in the south of Lebanon. In the kids category, the winning photograph was taken by 17-year old Wafa Abdulmajeed from Oman, for her picture of the Mutrah Souq in Muscat, the capital of Oman. The winners will have their winning photographs printed in the Arabic edition of the iconic National Geographic magazine, along with a 10-day expedition trip valued at $10,000, accompanied with the magazine’s expert photographers, and photography equipment worth $5,000.
By Zeinab Khalifeh, of the old souq in Saida, in the south of Lebanon.
Source: National Geographic Abu Dhabi