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Murdoch Dubai opens Second Annual Student Photography Exhibition

Murdoch Dubai opened its Second Annual Student Photography Exhibition on Thursday 13th of May at the Dubai International Academic City Student Recreation Centre. The exhibition showcases the best portfolios of the Murdoch Dubai first year photography students, as well as winning entries from an inter-university and high school student photography competition.

Dignitaries at the inauguration included Deputy Head of the Australian Mission in the UAE, Kerin Ayyalaraju; Murdoch University Dubai Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor John Grainger; Executive Director of Dubai Knowledge Village and Dubai International Academic City, Dr. Ayoub Kazim; as well as Brand Manager Shaji Shanmughan from Grand Stores, the prize sponsor of the competition.

In the inaugural speech Kerin Ayyalaraju congratulated the participants on the high standard of the works and urged the competitors to pursue their passion further. She said: “Photos can be gorgeous moments in time and beautiful memories, but they can also be important to capture historical moments, to change public opinion, even to change the course of history."

The winning entries from the UAE university student and the UAE high school student categories, as well as other shortlisted pictures displayed at the exhibition, were selected by a judging panel consisting of four UAE based industry experts including Celia Peterson from Arabian Eye; Lucy Huggins from Bareface; David Taylor-Bramley, an award winning freelance photographer; and Clint McLean from The National newspaper.

The theme of the competition was ‘Street Photography – A World in a City’. The three highest scoring entrants from each category won prizes exclusively sponsored by Nikon and Fujifilm in association with Grand Stores.

Celia Peterson, the spokesperson for the judges described the students’ works as intriguing portraits of the city and said “from all the pictures we were in complete agreement with regards to the top three in both the university and high school student categories."

The Murdoch Dubai students’ portfolios were judged as part of their unit requirements and criteria. They were given a free choice of a theme.

Murdoch Dubai first year student Shyaire Ganglani won the Murdoch students’ category with a portfolio titled “Broken” and received a Nikon D3000 professional camera with accessories. She said the main inspiration behind her work was the beauty that can be seen in all things broken: “People tend to see the word broken or all things broken in general in a negative light. I, however, seem to find something attractive about it. The reason I captured most of the photos in a soft light is to construe the grace I tend to see in things people usually ignore."

“I am glad I was able to depict the things the way I saw them and I am certainly glad people found them attractive. Winning the camera means a lot to me as I constantly find myself thinking "if only I had a camera right now", and now I finally have the chance to take those shots I've always wanted to, at any time.”

In the UAE university student category the best picture prize was awarded to Abhinav Sharma, a student of BITS Pilani Dubai. He also received a Nikon D3000 professional camera with accessories.

In the UAE high school student category the best picture prize was awarded to Melody A. Evangelista from the New Filipino Private School, Sharjah. She received a Fujifilm S8000 camera with accessories.

In concluding the prize distribution ceremony, Murdoch University Dubai Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor John Grainger, said: “Photography and image production has played and plays an important role in our history and in our future, it’s all around us. We are very proud of the standard of the entries and look forward to making the competition into a flourishing annual event, raising awareness and contributing to the development of photography within the student and the wider community."

In an effort to bring something back to the community, Murdoch University Dubai faculty and students have also run workshops throughout the spring with Dubai based special needs charities; the Dubai Center for Special Needs, Stepping Stones and the Dubai Autism Center. Pictures taken by the special needs students at the workshops are also displayed at the exhibition.


Results:

Murdoch University Dubai Photography Students:

1st prize: Shyaire Ganglani - 'Broken'
2nd prize: Lalaine Rose Quiatchon - 'Urbanisation'
3rd prize: Pamella Ann de Leon - 'Blurred lines'

UAE University Students:

1st prize: Abhinav Sharma - BITS Pilani
2nd prize: Rahul Joseph- Murdoch University Dubai
3rd prize: Shilpa Ramesh - Manipal University Dubai

UAE High School Students:

1st prize: Melody A. Evangelista-The New Filipino Private School, Sharjah
2nd prize: Shaikh Fahad - NIMS Dubai
3rd prize: Haziq Ariffin- JESS Arabian Ranches

Exhibition timings:

Date: Until May 28th , 2010
Time: 9am-6pm
Venue: Dubai International Academic City Student Recreation Centre, Block 6, Ground Floor.
Enquiries: 04-4355700, info@murdochdubai.ac.ae


Winning pictures:

Ribbon cutting ceremony

MUD winner with Dr Ayoub

Murdoch Dubai student category - winning portfolio: Shyaire Ganglani ‘Broken’
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Broken Melody Broken Faith Broken Life
UAE university student category:
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1st place: Abhinav Sharma - BITS Pilani Dubai 2nd place: Rahul Joseph - Murdoch University Dubai 3rd place: Shilpa Ramesh - Manipal University Dubai
UAE high school student category:
High school category 1st place High school category 2nd place High school category 3rd place
1st place: Melody A. Evangelista - The New Filipino Private School, Sharjah 2nd place: Shaikh Fahad - NIMS Dubai 3rd place: Haziq Ariffin - JESS Arabian Ranches