The Photographic Angle Competition

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The photographic angle promotes education of the public in the art and science of photography by staging exhibitions and by working with professional, student and amateur photographers

Theme: Formation

Closes on : 31st of October, 2016

Competition Open!


Bharat Bhambhaney, The Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

Bharat Bhambhaney, The Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi

We are very excited to release the theme of FORMATION as our latest competition!

Humans have been fascinated with geometrical shapes since the first record of our existence; a fascination that translates into our everyday existence and artistic images make good use of graphic elements of design.

Within this theme we are looking for photos that showcase line, shape, pattern, form, texture and perspective, etc.

Entries can depict any subject matter and great examples of formations can be found everywhere! Why not consider exploring the patterns of nature…cloud formations, the logarithmic spiral patterns in plant growth, or the perfectly hexagonal cross-section of honeycombs.

Alternately you could try looking at your immediate surroundings with a fresh eye, make the familiar and ordinary into something new and striking. Why not explore the shape in architecture and man-made forms?

We really hope you enjoy the exploration of this theme and we can't wait to see your entries!


Annie Leibovitz - A Photographer's Life

One of the most celebrated photographers of our time presents a selection of her work of the last fifteen years. The material documents the arc of Leibovitz's relationship with her companion, Susan Sontag, who died in 2004; the birth of her three daughters; and many events involving her large and robust family, including the death of her father. The book is permeated with strong emotions. Leibovitz's passion for her family and friends is part of a larger passion that extends to the subjects of her professional work, and the two worlds meet thematically. Portraits of public figures include the pregnant Demi Moore, Nelson Mandela in Soweto, Jack Nicholson on Mulholland Drive, Bill Clinton in the Oval Office, William Burroughs in Kansas, and Agnes Martin in Taos.

Over 300 photographs are accompanied by an essay by Leibovitz that discusses the circumstances under which the work was made, both technically and logistically, and her relationships with and thoughts about many of the subjects.

"I don't have two lives," Annie Leibovitz writes in the Introduction to this collection of her work from 1990 to 2005. "This is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it." Portraits of well-known figures-Johnny Cash, Nicole Kidman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Keith Richards, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, R2-D2, Patti Smith, Nelson Mandela, Jack Nicholson, and William Burroughs-appear alongside pictures of Leibovitz's family and friends, reportage from the siege of Sarajevo in the early Nineties, and landscapes. The pictures form a narrative of a life rich in contrasts and continuities. The photographer has a long relationship that ends with illness and death. She chronicles the celebrations and heartbreaks of her large and robust family. She has children of her own. All the while, she is working, and the public work resonates with the themes of the life.

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Competition Judge:

Yasser Alaa Mobarak, AFIAP, AICS

Yasser Alaa Mobarak is a 23-year-old, award-winning amateur photographer based in Alexandria, Egypt. He is a Sony World Photography Awards commended photographer. He has won photography prizes from The International Federation of Photographic Art, National Geographic Egypt, Photographic Society of America and Prix De La Photographie Paris. Yasser's works have been featured in Amatuer Photographer Magazine, Digital Camera World Magazine, Adobe Blog, PBS NewsHour and Xinhua News Agency. He is holder of AFIAP distinction from the International Federation of Photographic Art and holder of Associateship from Image Colleague Society International. He was judge at Adobe Youth Voices Awards and Romania's National Creativity Contest.

Competition Judge - Yasser Alaa Mobarak, AFIAP, AICS

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