Abu Dhabi: The Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi (EAD) announced the winners of the Al Wathba Photography Competition, which ran on authority’s Instagram account from November to April 30.
The competition encouraged professional and amateur photographers to capture creative images that reflect Al Wathba Wetland Reserve’s natural beauty and rich biodiversity. Participation from the public was excellent with 180 unique and impactful photos taken by 95 photographers from the UAE and abroad.
The winning photos were chosen by a jury comprising a group of journalists and photographers. Winners were awarded with prizes worth a total of Dh24,000.
The first place in the Professional Category was won by Nuwair Mahdi Al Hajiri, followed by Ignacio P. Reyes II and Mustafa Jindi. The first place winner in the Amateur Category was Mohammad Rageh Gohar. Saleh Awadh Al Tamimi was awarded second place and the third place was won by Edwin Mendoza.
Winning photos and all entries submitted for the Al Wathba Photography Competition can be viewed on EAD’s Instagram account.
During the ceremony, EAD also honoured a number of environmental volunteers who contributed to recent activities to increase environmental awareness and highlight the environmental challenges facing the country.