Mona Abdel Wareth
Huawei’s annual smartphone photography competition announced the winners of the HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE 2022 awards, where 54 award-winning works were revealed, which included 3 grand prize winners, 24 winners in the “best-in-class” track, and 27 second-place winners. The NEXT IMAGE 2022 competition was launched on August 1 of last year and has been open for more than three months and has received thousands of entries from all over the world. Photographers from the region put on a strong show in the competition, which resulted in the victory of 6 participants from the Middle East and Africa region among 54 winning works.
Smartphones have revolutionized the way we take pictures. With smartphone cameras improving year after year, users are less dependent on digital cameras. According to some studies, more than 85% of photos are taken by smartphones, and this percentage will increase in the future. The compact size and flexibility that smartphones offer over traditional cameras helps photography enthusiasts push the boundaries of this art form. Moreover, smartphones provide amateur photographers with the opportunity to compete against professional cameras. The HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE Awards competition has helped bridge the gap over the years. The fact that many of this year’s winners are amateur photographers such as students, doctors and engineers proves the above point.
Celebrating the beauty of everyday life
Four photographers from the Middle East and Africa region won the best in category award, while two others won second place. Besides winning the award, these photographers also do an excellent job of showing the diversity and charm of the region’s rich culture. Their images highlight the unique perspectives and stories that these cultures offer the world. The winner in the Storyboard category is UAE-based Mark Anthony Agtay, with a series of nine images that beautifully depict the interesting and diverse ways people use their hands in their everyday lives. These images are dramatic and benefit from clever use of colour.
The second place in the Portrait category was won by Junaid Jaafar, who resides in the United Arab Emirates. His portrait of a young girl is a fine example of portrait photography. The light shining from right to left on the girl’s face gives depth and dramatic effect to the portrait. The HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro also did a great job of identifying a girl’s hair and applying a blur effect only to the background.
Interestingly, an anonymous participant from Saudi Arabia came out as the winner in the Sports category. This image does a great job of freezing the motion of water droplets falling from the subject’s head. The blue hues of the water and good use of lighting also help the image stand out.--
A photo taken in Al-Mubarakiya Market in Kuwait City shows that even mundane, everyday objects can be interesting when viewed from the right perspective. Winner of second place in the “Hello Life” category, the image captures the viewer’s attention with a clearly visible beam of light radiating from the only person in the image.-
Kalinga Nkungi from Zambia also took home the award for Best Picture of the Year. His black-and-white photograph, titled Summer Joy, captures the priceless smile on a child’s face as he splashes in the wash bowl to cool off the summer heat. Monochrome images can convey deeper meanings than color images when used well, and this image is an excellent example to prove it.
Nine energizing categories
The HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE Awards 2022 included nine categories of entries: Art & Fashion, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports, Hello Life, Storyboard, Motion, Storytelling Short Film, and Feature Storytelling Film, with the best-in-class winners and runners-up selected. for every. Three works: “FORCE” by Adaú Felipe Fernández Salgado, “Just Shaen” by Enrica Brescia, and “Fireworks” by Wang Zihao won universal acclaim within the international jury. Each of the three works recognized as Grand Prize winners will receive a cash prize of US$10,000 to encourage them in their future artistic endeavors. Similarly, each of the 24 best-in-class winners will receive a NEXT IMAGE creative fund prize of $1,500 USD, and each of the 27 winners will receive a HUAWEI P50 Pro.
The HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE Awards aims to inspire everyday users to capture important moments in life through mobile photography. The 2022 NEXT IMAGE Awards also saw the addition of five new categories: Art, Fashion and Sports, and three categories for video: Action, Storytelling Short Film and Feature Film. Since its launch in 2017, the HUAWEI NEXT IMAGE Awards has been a unique showcase for outstanding photography work for Huawei mobile users. The contest will continue to inspire and engage with talented mobile users as Huawei introduces innovative mobile imaging technologies and experiences.
As Huawei continues to innovate in mobile photography, and lead the art with technology, the company officially launched a new brand – XMAGE, on July 2nd, 2022, which marked a new milestone and breakthrough in Huawei’s photography capabilities. The new brand, HUAWEI XMAGE, will serve as a key driver for new technologies and imaging models. In the future, Huawei will continue to innovate technology and design new capture experiences for Huawei mobile phone users globally.