This year saw the launch of the inaugural hunt for Dubai's best amateur photographer.
Teaming up with Photography LIVE, Time Out sent snappers scurrying off around town to capture the best images they could in three different categories - People, Places, Things.
So impressive was the response, as you can tell from above, halfway through the process leading brand Canon Middle East hopped on board and offered a CANON–EOS 7D Mark camera and support kit, a just reward for the excellent quality of submissions.
And here we announce the winners, as decided by our panel of experts, which included Group Picture Editor Kate Austin, the gallery curator from Monda Gallery at The Dubai Mall, and the Photography LIVE resident experts..
In the PEOPLE category: Shadab Ali
What we asked for: Images can feature one or many people in a variety of different contexts, from the diverse to the common, and from social to individual. Consider the cultural and aesthetic qualities not just of your subject(s) but also their surroundings. An individual or group of individuals has to be the main focus of the image rather than a contributing factor to something else.
What we got: A dramatic portrayal of the pedestrian bridge across Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Rd connecting Fruit & Vegetable Market and International City.
In the PLACES category: Teovel Iradon
What we asked for: It's a big wide world out there, and Dubai is a microcosm of it all. From the breathtaking architecture to the awe-inspiring natural beauty of the desert. And what about the coastline? Or the port? All of these places contain their own little bits of beauty, all bathed in different shades of light and under varying degrees of occupancy. But what story will you find?
What we got: A window cleaner works at the Burj Khalifa on a foggy morning.
In the THINGS category: Mohamed EL Brombaly
What we asked for: The canvas in this category really is blank, but the chance of making the seemingly mundane, is yours to conquer.
What we got: Where most people see the wall of Dubai Airport, the photographer sees a Swan in the shapes.