- Photographer Don Ferdinand Tabbun wins United Arab Emirates National Award
- All winners of Awards’ Open competition and National Awards announced today
- Images available at www.worldphoto.org/press
Dubai, UAE – 5 April 2018: The Sony World Photography Awards today announced Don Ferdinand Tabbun as the winner of the 2018 United Arab Emirates National Award, after being shortlisted in the 2018 Awards’ Open Culture category.
Tabbun, an architect, is passionate about photography and is based in Abu Dhabi. He won for his photograph titled Challenge. Tabbun is particularly interested in capturing human expressions and cultural traditions. His work was selected by an expert panel of judges as the best single image taken by a photographer based in the United Arab Emirates.
Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.
As National Award winner, Don Ferdinand Tabbun receives the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. His award-winning work will be displayed at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from 20 April – 6 May and will be published in the 2018 Awards’ book.
Describing the winning work, Tabbun says: “The photo was taken during the Al Dhafra Camel and Heritage Festival in the western region of Abu Dhabi, the annual occasion to celebrate the rich culture and heritage of the region.”
The photographer continues: “Being one of the winners of the Sony World Photography Awards is a rare event, and I am very excited to be recognised. I can now say that my work will be part of a major photography exhibition in London!”
The award was announced alongside the winners of all 63 National Awards, and the 10 categories of the Awards’ Open competition. The overall and Professional category winners of the Awards will be announced 19 April.