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Murdoch University, Dubai reveals winners of 4th Annual Photography Competition

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Murdoch University, Dubai’s 4th Photography Competition exceeded the expectations of the most experienced photographer this week as the winners were revealed at the Exhibition at Shelter, Dubai. His Excellency, Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador inaugurated the event and congratulated the entrants and the university for the initiative. He went on to say “the photographs do full justice to the cliché of pictures speaking louder than words”. He also mentioned that “the scale of these things cannot be appreciated unless one arrives at them”.

The UAE: The Future Discovered was the theme and set the tone for this year’s entries. The exhibition is due to stay until later this month and is currently open to members of the public. In a moving opening ceremony, Murdoch University, Dubai Academic Director of Media, Communication and Culture, extended a special thanks to Grand Stores, who have been an essential partner each year. Mr Gopal, from Grand Stores, enjoyed the tour as entrants explained their images.

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1st place from Murdoch University, Dubai was “Wild, Aura’s of the Night” captured by Urmila Golatkar, a first year media student

The winning entry from Murdoch University, Dubai was “Wild, Aura’s of the Night” captured by Urmila Golatkar, a first year media student. From the Inter-University category, Jack Dickson, a student from New York University, Abu Dhabi, captured a stunning image of “Portrait of a Worker” that won the hearts of the judges this year. In addition to the traditional categories, this year, Murdoch opened up the competition to an open amateur category, allowing all aspiring photographers to showcase their talent. This category saw images captured from throughout the UAE and across all age groups and nationalities. The winning entry for this category came from John Bolus, an aspiring photographer. His photograph, “Reflections of Mother and Child” portrayed the future of the UAE in a rather distinct light. The competition received up 75% more entries this year, a true reflection on the interest it has gained since its birth 4 years ago.

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1st place in Open Amateur category was “Reflections of Mother & Child” captured by John Bolus, an aspiring photographer based in Dubai

Each winner was awarded a state of the art Nikon DSLR, courtesy of Grand Stores. The images that were captured highlighted an intense creative flair and a keen eye for detail. In a gruelling 4 hour session, the winners were finally selected by this year’s judges, Oliver Clark, Photographer for Gulf News, Ashraf Majiet, Art Director at Tonic and David Taylor-Bramley, an award winning freelance photographer.

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1st place in the Inter-University category was “Portrait of a Worker” captured by Jack Dickson, a student from New York University, Abu Dhabi

Murdoch University, Dubai has set exceptional standard when it comes to corporate and social responsibility and the Photography Competition was no exception to this. As part of the competition, Student Life Officer, Wynette Goes and Murdoch Students participated in social activities with special needs children at Stepping Stones and treated them to a trip to Dubai Dolphinarium. Capturing young children in a relaxed, carefree environment, Stepping Stones were thrilled when they received the photographs from Murdoch. Their images are also on display at the exhibition.

The Murdoch Photography Competition has aimed to create an appreciation of this distinct form of art over the years. Guests at the event included New York University Abu Dhabi, lovers of art and photography and students from aspiring media backgrounds.

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