International Day for Biological Diversity

21 May 2020 - 22 May 2020

Online Workshop on Nature Photography


22 May is celebrated worldwide every year as the International Day for Biological Diversity. It was adopted as a red-letter day by the UN General Assembly in December 2000 to increase public understanding and awareness about biodiversity issues.

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s slogan is “Our solutions are in nature”. The goal is to underline how important hope, solidarity and collaboration at all levels are for building a future of life in harmony with nature.

To celebrate this day, ICBA will organize a free online workshop on nature photography to show our appreciation and love of the biodiversity in the UAE. The workshop is part of a larger initiative called ICBA YES targeting youth empowerment and cooperation in the country and abroad.

Workshop Overview

This workshop is an introduction to the study and practice of digital photography. Participants will learn how to take great photos with a digital camera and different types of lenses. They will also learn how to see light and photograph it. The workshop will not focus on technicalities only. A major component will involve reviewing photographs and films and understanding that photography is an aesthetic, critical, and conceptual practice.

About Instructor

Mr. Mohammed Ahmed Ahli is a landscape, nature and time-lapse photographer from the UAE.

His photographs have been published extensively worldwide in a large variety of media, from calendars and books to adverts and publications by over a hundred organizations such as National Geographic, Digital Magazine, Popular Photography and others. He believes that the most important purpose of a photograph, as in all of art, is to evoke an emotional response. While everything in nature does this for him, selecting just the right places and moments to take a photograph that conveys those emotions is far more difficult.

Workshop Details

This workshop will run online over the course of two days from 21 May 2020 to 22 May 2020 to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity.

Day 1

The first day consists of an online interactive session with photographer Mohammed Ahmed Ahli.

This will be held on 21 May 2020 at 13:00 – 16:00. The session will cover the following topics:

  1. Introduction to photography and camera parts;
  2. Different photography types and techniques;
  3. Camera compositions and rules;
  4. Using a DSLR.

Day 2

The second day will be dedicated to practice. Participants will be able to practice the skills they would have learnt and share the images with the instructor and the group for feedback.

The online classroom will be open until 17:00 on 22 May 2020.

  1. Practice indoors or outdoors if possible;
  2. Share photos and receive feedback from the instructor.

This is a special offer provided by ICBA as the workshop will be held for free. To participate, please register here [a registration hyperlink].

* Limited to 20 participants only on a first come, first served basis.

* Ages 16 and above.