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Worldwide photography contest in the spirit of Ramadan

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Eternalise your precious Ramadan moments and share them with the world through this international Ramadan photography competition. By Najwa Abdullah.

The power of images transcends all sorts of boundaries. Founded in 2011, the annual International Ramadan Photography Competition (IRPC) is for those who express themselves better through pixels than through words. With the tagline “Capture the Spirit of Ramadan”, the contest garners Muslims’ moments during this sacred month across the globe, in order to spread the positive values and messages of Islam. Check out 10 images from last year’s competition:

During Ramadan, amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit inspiring photographs related to the month’s activities and atmosphere. Examples are Muslims in prayer, holy places, mosques, iftar and sahur foods, family gatherings, Islamic art and architecture, as well as the beauty of nature.

On each day of Ramadan, thousands of submitted photographs will be shared on the website’s online gallery. This is in line with the objective to educate and enlighten millions of viewers around the world through the art of photography while allowing photographers to demonstrate their talents.

A panel of reputable international artists, including British Muslim photographer Peter Sanders and founder of the IRPC Dr Basel Almisshal, will choose three winners from the top 100 photos. Winners are chosen based on the impact and message, creativity, photographic quality and technical expertise of their work, and will receive cash prizes and opportunities to have their images published in affiliated media.

For those of us who simply wish to enjoy photographs from the three categories of architecture, spirituality or culture, IRPC also publishes a compilation of the best photographs each year. Check out a few of our favourites from the 2012 and 2011 competitions in the galleries below.


Participants aged 18 and above can send their work to ramadanphotography@gmail.com in JPEG format. For more information on contest rules and regulations, visit the official website, or visit them on Facebook

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