Emirati photographer wins big prize at Dubai’s international award ceremony

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The grand prize at Dubai’s Sheikh Hamdan International Photography Awards went to Emirati photographer Osama Al Zubeidi on Monday, reported a local newspaper.

Zubeidi won $100,000 and was among several photographers who came from different parts of the world to participate in the global competition in Dubai’s International Financial Center, said The National.

The winner told the newspaper he did not expect to win, adding that the competition was fierce.

"To be honest, I did not expect to win given the huge number of entries. I only thought my photos will pass the judging stage. I really worked hard to choose the best photos to submit for each category," he told The National.

Zubeidi, who began taking pictures professionally in 2006, received a number of local awards. His first was in 2011 when he received the third prize at Abu Dhabi’s "Through Your Eyes" photography competition, reported the newspaper.

Sheikh Hamdan International Photography Award was launched in 2011.

The contest by Dubai’s crown prince hosted 19,000 entries from 121 countries, according to the newspaper. The contest gave out awards worth U.S. $389,000 overall.

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