Luluwa Al Mehairbi, a third-year Applied Media student at ADWC, has won third place in the Environment Photography Awards. The competition was held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, and was sponsored by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi and Zayed University.
The theme for the competition was ‘Environment and Development: Integration Not Collision’, and the challenge was to submit either a single photo or a series of three photos capturing the theme. Luluwa¿s photo, ‘Execution of a Turtle’, won third place in the single photo category and included a prize of 4,000 Dhs.
“I do not believe there is integration between the environment and development,” Luluwa said. “Development is not always good and if we are not careful we will destroy our environment.”
Luluwa explained that she was walking on the beach and testing her new camera when she came upon the turtle. “He was just lying there, tied up in rope, and I snapped the picture,” she said. The result is a shocking example of what can happen if environmental resources are not protected.
Luluwa says she wants her work to be responsible and to have meaning. Her win in this competition confirms she has achieved that goal. In her continued efforts to protect the environment, she has created posters for ADWC’s Environment Club and she did her work placement with the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi.
This is Luluwa’s second win for the 2007-08 academic year. In October 2007, she won the People’s Choice Award in the Hayah Film Competition for her short animated film ‘Tourist’, which was created for an iPod.
“I was happy just to be nominated in the Hayah competition and it was more than I dreamed when I won,” Luluwa said. “I enjoy participating in these competitions and winning makes me want to do more!”