During Ramadan, photography instructors from Gulf Photo Plus led 11 Photo Walks⏤the Suhoor Strolls.
Although suhoor refers to the dawn and thus, the pre-dawn meal during Ramadan, here in the UAE, suhoor has come to refer to post-iftar late night activities that both observant Muslims and non-Muslim expats alike partake in during the holy month. While breaking the fast is a sacred moment, ending the day's strenuous obligation, suhoor allows one to relax and enjoy the celebratory spirit of Ramadan, through anything from playing board games, to shopping, to drinking chai.
Throughout the month, almost 100 keen photographers joined us to experience suhoor first-hand in Karama, a neighborhood full of delectable bites and fairy lights. Using mobile phones, DSLRs, point-and-shoots, and mirrorless cameras, these strollers captured incredible photographs⏤making it very difficult for us to decide on the 6 best images.
Suhoor Strolls were supported by SanDisk, awarding the photographer of the best image with a SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD. The 5 runners-up below are each receiving a SanDisk 256GB UHS-I SDXC card.
After difficult deliberation, here are the best images from the Suhoor Strolls ⏤ Ramadan Photo Walks:
Best Image, winner of SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable SSD:
Antoine Mouaïkel, @antoine_m10 on Instagram
We loved this environmental portrait of Sukvinder Singh, the owner of a small uniform production business that's been in the area for over 20 years.
Antoine found the unusual shot through a clearing in the frosted-glass storefront of Sukvinder laughing with the group, framed between hung portraits of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Although a vibrant store, awash with colour from the many fabrics along the walls, Antoine chose to render this image in monochrome, drawing attention to the expressive mirth of Mr. Singh. The composition, timing, and intentional colour treatment betray the mark of a great street photographer, and make this the deserving winner of a 1TB Extreme Portable SSD from SanDisk.
Well done, Antoine, we hope to see more of your work in the future⏤we would love to see submissions like this for our upcoming Community Exhibition: The Arab Street, Vol. II.
The images below, in no particular order, were in close consideration for the grand prize. Each of these 5 photographers below will receive a SanDisk 256GB UHS-I SDXC card.
Thank you to everyone who joined us on a Suhoor Stroll, with special thanks to those who submitted images for consideration.
Stay tuned to this blog for an in-depth recap of the Suhoor Strolls, including images and interviews with the interesting characters we met along the way.
We'll be resuming photo walks in September, so please click here to indicate your interest and to be notified when they've been scheduled.