The “Digital Art” theme was among the themes of the twelfth session of the Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award. It received thousands of entries from various countries of the world, who participated with their ideas and skills, according to their varying levels of digital editing techniques and embodying visual ideas on the screen. What pleased the attendees and observers of the softer sex was the deserved women’s takeover of the winning positions in this axis, with 4 places out of 5.
Photographer Wanhua Zhao from China won first place with an attractive work entitled “Dreams Without Borders.” The picture shows that children are always immersed in their wild imaginations, and summarizes the essence of their behavior to embark on a journey of discovery and the pursuit of dreams. Even the moon is not out of reach from the lens of the imagination. Palestinian photographer Mahmoud Al-Kurd came second with a work that greatly admired the audience, entitled “Framing Happiness,” which he expressed by saying: Watching the waves dance endlessly under the sunset is an enchanting sight for all the senses. The lone paddler sails from a bleak shore toward a vibrant, colorful sky.
German photographer Hannelore Schneider came in third place, with an emotional work entitled “A Child with a Painful Heart,” and she summarized it by saying: A child’s world can collapse when his family disintegrates. Feelings of isolation and abandonment invade his young heart, leaving him suffering alone. The road ahead of him seemed gray, and the silence was deafening. Saudi photographer Jawhara Saeed Al-Zahrani took fourth place with a photo titled “Soft Power,” which oscillates between softness and strictness, and gently whispers, “Power does not mean cruelty.” Russian photographer Irina Petrova came fifth, with work that warns of the future environmental consequences of unsustainable agriculture.
Soft touches reserve large spaces on the podiums
Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Award