Mohammad Murad

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Mohammad Murad
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Born (1976-02-01) February 1, 1976 (age 46)
NationalityKuwaiti
CitizenshipKuwait
OccupationWildlife Photographer
Height174 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Websitemohammadmurad.com

Mohammad Murad (born 1 February 1976) is a Kuwaiti award-winning wildlife photographer who has pioneered bird photography. Murad has well over a decade’s experience, traveling across the world and capturing unique and breathtaking photographs. He is regarded as one of the most prolific photographers in Kuwait. Throughout his career, he has participated in numerous competitions all around the world and has won many.[1][2]

Since 2016 Murad has been a constant recipient of photography awards, some of which include multiple Bird Photographer Of The Year Awards and HIPA awards. He has also been featured in several renowned media outlets such as National Wildlife Federation magazine, Kuwait Times,[3][4] Australian Photography,[5] The Guardian,[6] National Geographic,[7][8][9][10] Nat Geo,[11] Business Insider, and others.[12]

Early life and education

Murad was born on 1 February 1976 in Kuwait. Since he was a kid, Murad showed an inclination towards photography and was always seen trying to ‘capture the moment.’. His passion for photography was fueled by his muses - his father and Kuwait’s diverse landscape and nature.

Later, Murad enrolled in ASU and acquired a bachelor’s degree in Engineering in 2008.

Career

Murad started his career in 2014 when he joined the Photography and Documentary Team at the Voluntary Work Center. In the same year, he bought his first professional camera and began exploring his unique perspective with lenses. By the end of 2014, Murad also started working at the Birds Monitoring and Protecting Team at the Kuwait Environment Protection Society. During his time there, Murad honed his skills as a professional wildlife photographer and gained substantial experience as an industry expert.[13][14]

Within a year of his professional journey as a photographer, Murad managed to explore a better part of Kuwait and clicked several breathtaking photographs of the flora and fauna spread across Kuwait including that of the Arabian Red Fox.[15][16][17]

In 2015, Murad decided to expand his reach and moved to Hungry to broaden his photography portfolio as well as gain more exposure. During his time there, he even managed to capture the White-Tailed Eagle.[18] Three years later, Murad moved to Tanzania, where he stayed for a year capturing the local wildlife and then went to Masai Mara.[19]

In 2016, Murad won his first award as a professional wildlife photographer, and since then, he has won an award every year for his exceptional talent.

Awards

  • The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA)[20] has concluded the January 2021 edition of the Instagram Photo Contest themed ‘Abstract – Light & Dark’
  • The Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA) May Instagram Photo Contest, which was themed ‘Birds’[21]
  • Top 50 In Amateur Award category in The epson international pano awards 2015
  • 1st place in the baby animals category of National Wildlife Federation magazine’s 2018 photo contest
  • 1st place in People Choice & Two Honorable Mention in MontPhoto Contest In 2016
  • First Prize in category Artistic Vision of the 29th edition of the bird photography contest "Festival of L'Oiseau et de la Nature" in 2019
  • First Prize in a Night Photography category in Xposure International Photography Competition in 2019[22][23][24][25][26]
  • 2nd place in the other animals category of National Wildlife Federation magazine’s 2019 photo contest
  • 2nd Place In Urban Wildlife Category In Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2021 competition[27][28][29]
  • 2nd place in mammals category in GDT Nature Photographer of the Year contest in 2020[30]
  • 2nd place in in other animals category GDT Nature Photographer of the Year contest in 2020[31]
  • 2nd place in BEST PORTRAIT Category In The Bird Photographer Of The Year 2016 Contest
  • 2nd place in ATTENTION TO DETAIL Category In The Bird Photographer Of The Year 2016 Contest
  • 3rd place In GARDEN AND URBAN BIRDS Category In The Bird Photographer Of The Year 2017 Contest[32]
  • 2nd place winner in Wildlife / Animals category in Fine Art Photography Awards 2015
  • MERIT MEDAL RECIPIENTS FOR HIPA’S SEVENTH SEASON ANNOUNCED 2017-2018 (Hamdan International Photography Award)
  • 3rd Place In Kuwait Grand Photography Contest 2016
  • 2nd Place Winner In Wildlife category in Monochrome Photography Awards 2015
  • Honorable Mention In The Bird In Flight Category In Bird Photographer Of The Year 2019 Contest
  • Honorable Mention in MontPhoto Contest In 2018[33]
  • HIGHLY HONORED in BIRDS Category In Nature’s Best Photography contest in 2018
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED in CREATIVE PHOTO category in Memorial María Luisa 27 edition contest in 2017[34]
  • HIGHLY COMMENDED in CREATIVE PHOTO category in Memorial María Luisa 29 edition contest in 2019[35]
  • Highly commended In Nature Photographer of The Year contest in 2019
  • Highly commended In ANIMALS IN THEIR ENVIRONMENT Category In Siena International Photo Awards 2019[36]
  • Honorable Mention In Animals Behavior Category In Golden Turtle Contest in 2020
  • Remarkable Artwork In Animals In Their Environment Category In Siena International Photo Awards In 2020
  • Highly Commended In Animal World Category In María Luisa Memorial Contest in 2021[37]
  • Highly commended for the "Other animals" In Asferico 2021 – XV International Nature Photography Competition
  • Honorable mention in neutral density photography awards 2015
  • Honorable mention in iPhone Photography Awards (IPPAWARDS) 2020

Personal life

Murad is fluent in Arabic and English.

In the media

  

References

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  2. "Kuwaiti photographer Mohamed Murad wins an honorary award in an international competition". alanba.com.kw. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  3. "Kuwaiti photographer wins honorary award of 'Memorial Maria Luisa'". Kuwait Times. 10 May 2021. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  4. "Photo of the Day". Kuwait Times. 5 June 2021. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  5. "Winners of the Nature TTL Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2021 - Australian Photography". www.australianphotography.com. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  6. "2020 GDT Nature Photographer of the Year". The Guardian. 29 April 2020. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  7. "PHOTOS – Can you find the hidden animal?". nationalgeographicbrasil.com. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  8. "Night Foxes Image | National Geographic Your Shot Photo of the Day". National Geographic. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
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  36. Venturi, Gabriele. "Mohammad Murad | Siena International Photo Awards". sipacontest.com. Retrieved 19 October 2021.
  37. "المصور الكويتي محمد مراد يفوز بجائزة شرفية في مسابقة «ماريا لويزا»". www.aljarida.com (in العربية). Retrieved 19 October 2021.

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