Microsoft Devices Egypt hosts first-ever local mobile photography contest in collaboration with Photopia
In cooperation with Photopia, Microsoft Devices Egypt has announced the winners of the “Only in Egypt Mobile Photography Contest”, the first competition of its kind in Egypt, calling on aspiring, young and amateur photographers to reveal their talents using their mobile phones.
The theme of the competition, “Only in Egypt”, implied that the participants’ photographs had to represent an aspect that exists or happens only in Egypt. The captured images range from a person to a place, an action, a habit, a story, an event, etc.
Photopia’s judging panel included Ahmed Hayman, Roger Anis and Aly Hazzaa, three renowned photographers, who had the challenge of selecting the best shots from over 1,000 photographs that were submitted by some 350 participants. 180 photographs chosen as the finalists were showcased inside Photopia’s gallery space in Heliopolis on Thursday June 26, 2014.
The first 3 winners were awarded Lumia devices from Microsoft Devices; the first prize winner was awarded the Lumia 1520, while the second and third prize winners were awarded the Lumia 1020 with the photographer kit.
A total of six photographers were recognized at the event; the top 3 winners who kept to the theme, and 3 honourable mentions, which consisted of photographers who captured exceptional images that could fit within Egyptian culture and other cultures around the world. The first place winner was Ramy Adel, while the second and third place winners were Mohamed Ezz and Aly Roshdy Aly, respectively. The honourable mentions were awarded to Moaaz Khaled, Eslam Muhammed and Ahmed Othman Ramadan.
Submissions took place over a one month period, from May 10 until June 10, 2014. Following the end of the submission phase and after the selection process, Photopia hosted a professional critique night for all participants to attend and receive expert critique from the judges. The final 180 selected photographs were exhibited at the opening night of a magical print exhibition which was hosted to celebrate the 125 photographers and the top 3 winners. Photopia will have a special exhibition showcasing the photographs that were captured by Lumia devices, to illustrate the smartphone’s outstanding capabilities.
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