Emilie, a 29 year old amateur photographer from Beirut has been named winner of 'I am Nat Geo Photographer' season one. The contestant in the beat out seven other photographers, including finalists Tarik Al Turiki from Saudi Arabia, and Abdullah Bin Suqat from the UAE, in the inaugural regional edition of National Geographic's popular international reality show.
In the last episode of the show, Emilie, Tarik and Abdullah 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 work was 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 solo exhibition of her work in Gulf Photo Plus' gallery in Dubai that will be showcased 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."
NGAD's 'I am Nat Geo Photographer' was an entirely local production, shot in the UAE and featuring eight contestants from countries in the Middle East, North Africa and Levant. Throughout the six-part reality show, photographers competed against each other while working their way through a series of tasks that took them across the UAE. Contestants were eliminated at the end of each episode by a panel of judges, comprising seasoned photographers and photography experts.