6 photographers from the Middle East and Africa win prizes during their participation in the HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE 2022 competition

Iman Al-Wasli

The award-winning works of the international competition showcase the beauty and diversity of the region

Huawei’s annual smartphone photography competition announced the winners of the HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE Awards 1500, where 40 a winning work was revealed awards, which included 3 Grand Prize winners, winner in the “Best in Class” track, and 27 won second place. The NEXT IMAGE 1500 competition launched on the 1st of August last year and has been open for more than three months and has received thousands of entries from all over the world, with photographers from the region putting on a strong showing in the competition. 6 Participants from the Middle East and Africa region announced that 40 won a winning work.

Smartphones have revolutionized the way we take pictures. With smartphone cameras improving year after year, users are less dependent on digital cameras. According to some studies, more than 85% of photos are taken with smartphones, and this percentage will increase in the future. The compact size and flexibility that smartphones offer over traditional cameras helps photography enthusiasts push the boundaries of this art form. Moreover, smartphones provide amateur photographers with the opportunity to compete against professional cameras. The HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE Awards competition has helped bridge the gap over the years. The fact that many of this year’s winners are amateur photographers such as students, doctors and engineers proves the above point.

Celebrating the beauty of everyday life

Four photographers from the Middle East and Africa region won Best in Category, while two others won second place. Besides winning the award, these photographers also do an excellent job of showing the diversity and charm of the region’s rich culture. Their images highlight the unique perspectives and stories that these cultures offer the world. The winner in the Storyboard category is UAE-based Mark Anthony Agtay, with a series of nine images that beautifully depict the interesting and diverse ways people use their hands in their everyday lives. These images are dramatic and benefit from the clever use of color.

Winning second place in the Portrait category is a photo by Junaid Jaffer, who is based in the United Arab Emirates. His portrait of a young girl is a fine example of portrait photography. The light shining from right to left on the girl’s face gives depth and dramatic effect to the portrait. The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro also did a great job of identifying a girl’s hair and applying a blur effect to just the background.

It’s exciting Interestingly, an anonymous participant from Saudi Arabia came out as the winner in the Sports category. This image does a great job of freezing the motion of water droplets falling from the subject’s head. The blue hues of the water and good use of lighting help make the image stand out as well.

A photo taken at Al-Mubarakiya Market in Kuwait City shows that even mundane everyday objects can be interesting when viewed from the right perspective. Winner of second place in the “Hello Life” category, the image captures the viewer’s attention with a clearly visible beam of light illuminating the only person in the image.

Photo of the Year was also awarded to Kalinga Nkungi from Zambia. His black-and-white photograph, titled Summer Joy, captures the priceless smile on a child’s face as he splashes in the wash bowl to cool off the summer heat. Monochrome images can convey deeper meanings when used well than color images, and this image is an excellent example to prove it.

Nine Activating Classes

The HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE Awards 1500 included nine categories of entries: Art & Fashion, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports, Hello Life, Storyboard, Motion, Storytelling Short Film, and Feature Narrative Film, with the best-in-class and second-place winners being selected. for every. Three works: “FORCE” by Adaú Felipe Fernández Salgado, “Just Shaen” by Enrica Brescia, and “Fireworks” by Wang Zihao won universal acclaim within the international jury. Each of the three works recognized as Grand Prize winners will receive a cash prize of 10000 US dollars to encourage them in their future artistic endeavors. Similarly, each of the 24 best-in-class winners will receive a NEXT IMAGE Creative Fund prize of 1500 USD, and each of the 24 winners will receive 27 on the HUAWEI P40 Pro.

The HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE AWARDS aims to inspire Ordinary users to capture important moments in life through mobile phone photography. The NEXT IMAGE Awards 1500 also saw the addition of five new categories: Art, Fashion and Sports, and three categories for video: Action, Storytelling Short Film and Feature Film. Since its launch in 85, the HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE AWARDS has been a unique showcase for outstanding photography work for Huawei mobile users. The contest will continue to inspire and engage with talented mobile users as Huawei brings innovative mobile photography technologies and experiences.