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BENO SARADZIC
Visual Artist

Beno is a Slovenian born, multiple-award winning visual artist based in Abu Dhabi, UAE

For the past 18 years, Beno has trained his eye in the arts of seeing as well as story-telling through 3D Computer Generated imagery as an animator and a specialist of Architectural Visualisation.

In 2011, Beno started exploring new creative avenues which lead him to discover his profound passion for film making, time lapse and fine art photography. In less than a year, he had more than a dozen photographs published and specially featured across local and international media.

Beno is currently one of the most sought after visual artists in the UAE. Here's the list of his he most notable awards and accolades in the field of photography and time lapse cinematography:

  1. Featured guest and time-lapse cinematographer on Discovery TLC's 'Passage to Abu Dhabi'. This 2-part TV program was released internationally in 2012.
  2. Time-lapse cinematographer on BBC Natural History's 'Wild Arabia' TV series. This 3-part TV series aired internationally in February 2013
  3. Gold Medal Winner of the Egypt IPC 2012, photography contest for the Architectural Theme
  4. Winner of the 1st prize for the' EARTH HOUR 2011', photo contest organized by ADGAS/WWF
  5. Double-winner in the architectural photography category of the 'SPACES OF LIGHT - SECOND SEASON' international Photo Contest under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Ministry of Presidential Affairs in 2012
  6. Two-time Finalist of the 'AL AIN PHOTOGRAFIA AWARD' in 2011
  7. Finalist of 'HIPA' photography award under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in 2011
  8. Finalist of National Geographic 2012 International Photo Contest
  9. Exclusive feature in Simply Abu Dhabi international publication, March 2013 Edition
  10. Published architectural photography work in Simone Kosremelli's book 'A Lebanese Perspective' (2012)
  11. Photography and Time Lapse Cinematography instructor at Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai (2013)

 

SANA BAGERSH
Managing Director Tempo Magazine

Sana Bagersh is the Managing Director of Tempo magazine, CEO of BrandMoxie, a leading advertising and marketing company, and also founder of Tamakkan, an initiative that supports entrepreneurship and SME growth.

Sana began her career as a journalist and later became bureau chief of Gulf News in Abu Dhabi. While she was in the UAE she was marketing manager of Thuraya where she oversaw the roll-out of campaigns across Thuraya's footprint of 110 countries. In the US she worked in marketing companies in Seattle, and Boeing's Flightcraft before setting up a restaurant and catering company.

Sana is Chair of AmCham Abu Dhabi's Women in Business Committee, and has also served on educational advisory boards.

 

DARREN RYCROFT - AKA 'NORTHERN FERRET'
Photographer

Darren's love for photography & motorsport have combined over the years into a semi professional career in photography. Most of his spare time is taken up by photographing sporting events with motorsport being his specialty.

Darren helped Luca Cima to develop the very popular Facebook site, Photography Lessons in Dubai (PLiD). The site now has over seven thousand members and is aimed at beginner to intermediate level photographers who are looking to improve their knowledge and skills online with the help of other enthusiasts. PLiD set monthly competitions to encourage participation and learning through constructive critique. Many of today's local photographers have benefitted from this site as they developed their skills, with Beno Saradzic being one of the most popular and now sought after photographers in the region.

Darren also have an online magazine - CircuitProDigital which supports local and international racing, teams, drivers and riders alike. With an ever increasing fan base.






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