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Student photography award launches for the fourth year with more entries than ever expected…

Fancy yourself as a bit of an amateur photographer? Then this could be the challenge for you.

Zayed University and the Dubai Municipality launched the Noor Ali Rashid Student Documentary Photography Award earlier this week, named in honour of the much-loved royal photographer Noor Ali Rashid.

In a press conference, held at Dubai's Shaikh Juma Al Majid House, Rashid expressed his pride at having the awards named after him and encouraged entrants to get snapping before the May 8 deadline.

Born in December 1929 in Pakistan, Rashid was forbidden by his parents to take photos. But he persisted and later moved to Dubai, where he became the photographer for the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Makhtoum and the late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

"I have taken historical photos of Eleanor Roosevelt, the late King of Iraq, of the late Turkish president... I have photos of people alive, even hanged," he said.

Rashid added"This honour is more important to me than a global prize... Sheikh Zayed said on several occasions that I was a member of the family - not just a photographer”. Entrants can submit both still and video shots of the UAE landscape, people and leaders.

All you need to do to enter, is be an undergraduate student from institutions accredited by the Commission on Academic Accreditation of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and take your application into college to be considered.

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