x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 22 January 2018

I am NatGeo Photographer winner announced

From left: Sima Alfred, Abdullah Bin Suqat, Alsaad Omar Almenhaly, Emilie Houwat, Winner of I Am Nat Geo Photographer, Tarik Al Turiki, and Samer Arzouni.
From left: Sima Alfred, Abdullah Bin Suqat, Alsaad Omar Almenhaly, Emilie Houwat, Winner of I Am Nat Geo Photographer, Tarik Al Turiki, and Samer Arzouni.

Lebanese amateur photographer Emilie Houwat has been crowned Top of the Togs, beating off competition from across the Middle East, in the first season of National Geographic Abu Dhabi’s regional version of the reality show I am NatGeo Photographer.

In the final episode of the show, Emilie and fellow finalists Tarik Al Turiki from Saudi Arabia and Abdullah Bin Suqat from the UAE had to submit a photo-essay covering five different genres from earlier I am Nat Geo Photographer episodes: Portrait, Action, Street, Conceptual or Emotive, and City or Landscape. Emilie’s winning photo-essay featured traditional Emirati fishermen, inspired by her time spent on a fishing boat during the show’s final challenge, that took place in Sharjah.

As NGAD’s ‘I am Nat Geo Photographer’ winner, Emilie won a Nikon camera, a solo exhibition of her work in Gulf Photo Plus’ gallery in Dubai for two entire weeks, a certificate from The Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Awards (HIPA), and her work featured in National Geographic Al Arabiya magazine.

“It is incredible to have won ‘I am Nat Geo Photographer,” said Emilie. “The competition was a wonderful way to really explore my skills and to develop my abilities as a photographer. I would like to thank the judges for their feedback that helped me to improve my work, and thank National Geographic Abu Dhabi for this great opportunity.”