Memories are made of these: Kioxia ExceLENS Awards, Edition 2.0!

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It was a packed house at the eclectic Etihad Museum, Jumeirah, Dubai, the venue for Edition 2.0 of the Kioxa ExceLENS Awards, conceptualised and engineered by branding agency ISD Global, to salute the achievements of the region’s finest photographers (Pros/Amateurs), to discover new and emerging talent including students, home makers, hobbyists, literally anyone, and to promote the appreciation of photography/videography.

From l to r- Joey Caballero, Hassana Begum, Pravin Ahir, Santosh Varghese, Suresh Dinakaran, Tammy Tusek, Suaad Al Suwaidi, Rishi Mohan
The dynamic Team Toshiba Gulf FZE
Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Toshiba Gulf FZE addressing the audience at the opening of the ExceLENS Awards
Where the Art Works, the Heart Works
Dr Ashok Iyer, Professor & Chairperson , School of Design & Architecture, Manipal University Dubai presenting award in the Architecture category
Chef Miceel Uwe(Father of Chefs) with his wife Annette Uwe taking a close look at the Food category images
Chef Miceel Uwe presenting the award in the Food category
Some of the nominees posing in front of the eclectic Etihad Musuem, the venue of the ExceLENS Awards
Prof Christopher Abraham, CEO & Head – Dubai Campus, S P Jain School of Global Management 
 presenting the award in the Phone photography category

More than 39000 submissions from over 9000 participants from across the region made this a stupendous second edition of the Kioxa ExceLENS Awards, across fifteen categories including Food, Travel, People, Architecture, Automobile, Fine Arts, Wildlife, Street, Drone, Lifestyle, Technology, Videography/Moving Images. 30 winners (2 per  category- winner & runner up) took home significant recognition for their talent, passion and hard work.

Some of the physically present winners with Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Toshiba Gulf FZE
An  ‘admiration society ‘ of the photographs displayed at the ExceLENS Awards ceremony
Danielle LakeHead of Regional E-Commerce – Airfreight MEA, DHL with Suresh Dinakaran, Chief Storyteller, ISD Global
Danielle LakeHead of Regional E-Commerce – Airfreight MEA, DHL presenting award in the Sport category
Flutist Faraz Ahmad was ‘ instrumental ‘ in regaling the audience
There was a lot of lip smacking food for torque that evening
Ghanim Al Falasi, Sr VP, Technology & Entrepreneurship, Dubai Silicon Oasis, with Lifestyle category winner Pinu Rahman and the effervescent MC of the evening Shobhana Narayan
Ghanim Al Falasi, Sr VP, Technology & Entrepreneurship, Dubai Silicon Oasis presenting award to Crisencio Alandino Bernabe in the Lifestyle category

 ” We at Kioxia(formerly Toshiba memory) have always been at the cutting edge of innovation, technology and all the initiatives that positively impact people, community & the planet. Our continuous championing of the Kioxa ExceLENS Awards is a natural extension of the journey that we have embarked over 145 years ago of recognizing and rewarding talent capital. The second edition has been a phenomenal success and we remain committed to moving this initiative forward and making it bigger, better, averred Santosh Varghese, Vice President Toshiba Gulf FZE “.

Special Guests from l to r: Mohamad Noufal, Chef Miceel Uwe, Santosh Vartghese, Prof Christopher Abraham, Shah Basharat, Pam Jackson, Tammy Tusek, Suaad Al Suwaidi, Ghanim Al Falasi, Ola Lind, Tarek AbdelRahman, Shaji Shanmugham
Nominees and special invitees arriving for the ExceLENS Awards evening
Talk and torque
More talk and torque
Kimura Taro from the Japan Consulate General office alongwith his colleague Kanae Shomada arriving
Meeting of minds, sharing of thoughts
More Meeting of minds, sharing of thoughts

The next edition of the Kioxa ExceLENS Awards will be announced by the end of August 2022. The distilling and shortlisting were done by an eminent panel of jury members with a collective experience of over 250 years in the craft and art of photography who put in their heart and soul for the shortlisting.

Ola Lind, Founder & CEO of FTFT Capital, admiring some of the nominated images
Ola Lind, Founder & CEO of FTFT Capital, delivering his keynote address
Pam Jackson, Founder & CEO, Crowne Consulting, presenting the award in the People category
Three’s Company: Rishi Mohan, Pravin Ahir and Suresh Dinakaran
Pam Jackson, Founder & CEO, Crowne Consulting in conversation with Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Toshiba Gulf FZE

” At ISD Global, the endeavor is always to make ideas happen for the benefit of the community that it desires to serve. The ExceLENS Awards is a fitting testament to that mindset. Trust and inspiration is always our ethos and with the support of brands like Kioxia and all the energies and emotional labor invested by the thousands of participants, jury members, special advisors, a venue like the Etihad Museum and our team, we indeed get the wind beneath our wings to transform ideas into reality, shared Suresh Dinakaran, Chief Storyteller, ISD Global .

Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Toshiba Gulf FZE presenting the award to Marlon Cardenas in the Travel category
Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Toshiba Gulf FZE presenting the award to Pinu Rahman in the Travel category
Shah Basharat, General Manager MAZDA(Galadari Automobiles) presenting the award to Arjun Sasi
Shaji Shanmugham, Founder & CEO, i-BrandConnect, admiring some of the images displayed
Shaji Shanmugham, Founder & CEO, i-BrandConnect, presenting the award virtually to Natasha Mandal, Fine Arts category
Shobhana Chandramohan, the MC of the evening regaled the audience with her timing and sense of repartee
Suaad Al Suwaidi, award winning Emirati wildlife photographer presenting the award to Nishar Mohamed, the winner
 Tammy Tusek, a veteran leader in American international schools, presenting the award in the Street category to Christopher De Castro Comeso

The Awards ceremony was a hybrid one with many winners and nominees attending it virtually as well. Going forward plans are afoot to launch a ‘ Wall of Frame ‘, a series of roadshows that will exhibit the shortlisted work across multiple venues and platforms. The journey of excellence will continue its relentless march.

Yes- The Awessibilitarians- Team ISD Global
The two powerhouses: Pravin Ahir, Creative Director, ISD Global and Rishi Mohan, Chief Strategy Officer, ISD Global
Tammy Tusek and Ola Lind striking up a conversation

In Focus: Mr Tarek Abdelrahman, General Manager, Customer Satisfaction, Nikon M East with Suaad Al Suwaidi

The Front Row- from capturing attention to captured attention

They came, they clicked, they captured..people’s imagination!

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