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FUNN Holds Workshops for Young Photographers

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FUNN, the Sharjah-based organisation that promotes and supports media arts learning for children and the youth in the UAE, recently organised a series of art workshops, themed ‘The Basics of Photography’. Held in collaboration with Capture LLC, a UAE-based company specialising in photography, the workshops honed the artistic talents of participants aged 10-14, and introduced them to photography as a profession, the know-how of the art of photography, and the required skill-sets to master it.

The workshops were organised at the Emirates Photography Society, Al Bait Hotel and Al Noor Island, every week on Saturdays. The engaging workshops educated participants about the fundamentals of photography and the latest digital technologies used in professional photography. The series of workshops also hosted photography tours that were arranged for the participants by Capture.

As part of the ‘Basics of Photography’ workshops, Aisha Al Nuaimi conducted various workshops and shared with the participants intricacies of photography along with different types of camera lenses and their functions. She discussed key photography concepts and techniques, including the exposure triangle: aperture, ISO, and shutter speed, as well as focus and photograph composition rules.

During the workshops, the participants studied various photographs, that were shot using different techniques and settings, to learn the importance of analysing the frame and choosing the right angle and the depth of field for high quality photographs. One of the workshops introduced participants to the art of photography, and gave them details about different types of cameras, lenses, metering and shooting modes as well as techniques to hold the camera.

Another workshop addressed technical and creative concepts in photography, such as light balance, focal length, and different photography modes. The third workshop comprised of a quick review of the concepts addressed in the first two workshops and offered the opportunity to the participants to take part in various hands-on practice sessions.

Capture is a Dubai-based art establishment and a member of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid SME Establishments since 2017, with a staff comprising a host of expert photographers having exceptional experience. Capture provides public and private photography services in the UAE and abroad, in addition to organising workshops in collaboration with local and international organisations.

FUNN aims to nurture a future generation of creative artists in media and film industry, and promotes new media works and films made by children and young filmmakers in the UAE at international film festivals and conferences worldwide. Its larger goal is to foster talent through these festivals, conferences and workshops locally and internationally.

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Razer Partners with UL and Panerai for Sustainability Initiatives

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Razer has announced new partnerships with UL and Panerai at this year’s RazerCon, the virtual celebration of all things For Gamers, By Gamers. Millions of viewers around the world tuned into the carbon-neutral livestream to watch Razer’s CEO Min-Liang Tan deliver a keynote address filled with surprise guests and exciting sustainability news and updates from the company.

“We have great ambitions around sustainability, but we also know that while there’s plenty we can do, we can’t do it all alone,” says Min-Liang Tan, Co-founder, and CEO of Razer. “That’s why collaboration is key for us at Razer, and we are thrilled to partner with UL and Panerai on two very important initiatives that will not only benefit consumers, but also the planet.”

One of the announcements that came out of RazerCon 2021 that truly has the potential to transform the industry was that of Razer joining forces with UL, the global safety science leader, to help meet its environmental and circular economy goals. One of the first projects which Razer intends to pursue to meet its environment and sustainability goals is the development of Product Category Rules for gaming products.

The impetus for this lies in the fact that the gaming industry currently lacks a standardized way to measure an eco-product, so Razer plans to work with UL to provide one. Under this collaboration, Razer and UL will kickstart an industry-level effort on identifying key indicators of environmental impact that should be measured by all manufacturers when they seek the Environmental Product Declaration for gaming products.

In order to complete a Product Category Rule, the two companies will be working to enlist stakeholders to create a comprehensive and objective way for manufacturers around the world to measure the impact of their manufacturing processes on the environment. The goal is to encourage more robust solutions allowing manufacturers to integrate sustainable practices into every step of the production process. The introduction of this Type III Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) ecolabel will allow consumers to make more informed choices and know that the gaming products they use to win in gaming and in life are also a win for the environment.

This is in line with Razer’s commitment to sharing and communicating the carbon impact of its new products by 2022. Razer also reinforced its pledge to use recycled or recyclable materials for all its products by 2030. This includes incorporating PCR plastic in all hardware products and adhering to an eco-friendly product design.

Razer and luxury watch manufacturer, Panerai, have come together under a shared commitment to advancing ocean preservation and rallied RazerCon viewers to Make Time for our Ocean. As part of this year-long campaign, Razer and Panerai have committed to enhancing ocean literacy and will be supporting a cause together that will be revealed in March 2022. The keynote came to a crescendo when it was also announced that a limited-edition, co-branded timepiece made from sustainable material will be hitting the market in 2022.

Making a special appearance during the keynote was Panerai’s CEO Jean-Marc Pontroue who was joined by the brand’s sustainability ambassadors, Mike Horn, Jeremy Jauncey, and Li Yifeng, to inspire and empower viewers to protect the oceans. The topic of ocean literacy was further expanded upon in a dedicated workshop led by Francesca Santoro, Programme Specialist, IOC UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture. During the workshop, viewers learned about the importance of the oceans, the current environmental threats, and what they can do to protect them.

Razer and luxury watch manufacturer, Panerai, have come together under a shared commitment to advancing ocean preservation and rallied RazerCon viewers to Make Time for our Ocean. As part of this year-long campaign, Razer and Panerai have committed to enhancing ocean literacy and will be supporting a cause together that will be revealed in March 2022. The keynote came to a crescendo when it was also announced that a limited-edition, co-branded timepiece made from sustainable material will be hitting the market in 2022.

Making a special appearance during the keynote was Panerai’s CEO Jean-Marc Pontroue who was joined by the brand’s sustainability ambassadors, Mike Horn, Jeremy Jauncey, and Li Yifeng, to inspire and empower viewers to protect the oceans. The topic of ocean literacy was further expanded upon in a dedicated workshop led by Francesca Santoro, Programme Specialist, IOC UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture. During the workshop, viewers learned about the importance of the oceans, the current environmental threats, and what they can do to protect them.

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ASUS Announces “Your Voice Matters” Campaign in the UAE

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ASUS today announced Your Voice Matters, a campaign that invites owners of the selected ASUS products to write reviews of their PC. Each entrant submitting a qualifying review on the selected platforms (Amazon, Jumbo, Lulu, and Virgin Megastore) will be rewarded with a 50 AED Jumbo shopping voucher. More details are available on Your Voice Matters Event Site.

ASUS thrives on user feedback and is passionate about leveraging these real-world experiences to help us both shape and improve our products. We also hope that the insight offered by users of ASUS and ROG products will help guide other consumers in their own appraisal processes and purchasing decisions.

That’s why we have created the ASUS Your Voice Matters campaign. The promotion runs from 10/21/2021 to 12/31/2021 to inclusive and is open to participants in the UAE. To enter and get the free voucher, participants must write an original review of an eligible ASUS product and post it on online retailer e-commerce shops. The serial number for an eligible product can be used only once, for a single review on a single eligible site. Eligible products include a variety of ASUS and ROG laptops.

Details of the campaign, including the full lists of eligible products and websites, can be found on the dedicated ASUS Your Voice Matters microsite.

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QuakeCon 2021: Streaming Schedule Released, Giveaways Announced and More

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We’re a few days away from the kickoff of QuakeCon at Home, the global online event that will bring the fun and comradery of QuakeCon to your home. QuakeCon will be celebrated with live streams featuring updates on existing and upcoming games, tournaments, charity fundraising, puppies (!!!), musical performances, giveaways, celebrity streams, developer panels, and more.

The fun kicks off with a brief Welcome Message at 2 p.m. ET on August 19 followed immediately by fan-focused panels.

Day 1 will feature a series of signature panels with Bethesda developers discussing what’s new, what’s upcoming, and looking back at some of the biggest games for their anniversaries, Quake and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Day 2 and Day 3 will feature a variety of fun panels from around the world with charities, community, guest stars, and more as we celebrate the games and activities that make QuakeCon, QuakeCon.

Streaming Schedule
More details about each of the panels, including full panel descriptions, can be found online at https://quakecon.bethesda.net/en/schedule/

Thursday, Aug 19

  • Welcome to QuakeCon 2021 with Pete Hines & Erin Losi: 2 p.m. ET
  • Celebrating 25 Years of Quake with id Software and Machine Games: 2:05 p.m. ET – Kevin Cloud and Marty Stratton from id Software and Jerk Gustafsson from MachineGames discuss the impact and legacy of the original Quake on its 25th anniversary.
  • Deep Dive into DEATHLOOP with Arkane Lyon: 2:30 p.m. ET – Arkane Lyon gets fans … looped in … on the details of the upcoming PlayStation 5 console exclusive DEATHLOOP, including a special discussion about multiplayer.
  • Fallout 76: Making Appalachia Your Own with Fallout Worlds: 3 p.m. ET – Join members of the Fallout 76 development team as they discuss how the game is evolving and take an in-depth look at our upcoming Fallout Worlds Update.
  • Inside the Award-Winning The Elder Scrolls Online with ZeniMax Online Studios: 3:30 p.m. ET – Matt Firor and Rich Lambert take fans inside ESO and discuss the great additions to the game and what new players can expect from the award-winning MMO.
  • Reliving the Opening of Skyrim with the Creators from BGS: 4 p.m. ET – Hey you! You’re finally awake. Celebrate Skyrim’s 10th Anniversary and watch the opening moments of Skyrim as the creators discuss insider stories and relive memories from development.
  • DOOM Eternal Studio Update with Marty and Hugo: 4:30 p.m. ET – id Software’s Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin bring fans up-to-date on everything happening with DOOM Eternal.
  • ANZ – Fallout 76 End-Game Guide: 11 p.m. ET
  • ANZ – Fallout 76 – Playing with UFC Middleweight Rob Whittaker: 12:30 a.m. ET

Friday, Aug 20

  • UK – Fallout 76 – UK Stream Team Build-a-Thon: 9:30 a.m. ET
  • UK – Let’s Talk Quake with Digital Foundry: 10:45 a.m. ET
  • DEATHLOOP Meets its Makers: 2:15 p.m. ET
  • WeRateDog’s Matt Nelson and Pete Hines Rate Dogs & More: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Code Orange vs Quake Music Video Debut: 4:15 p.m. ET
  • Alienware – Fundraising and Raising Heck with Anna Maree: 5 p.m. ET
  • The Elder Scrolls Online – Dungeon Speed Run Competition: 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Exclusive Musical Performance by Trivium: 8 p.m. ET
  • Skyrim – 10th Anniversary Interactive Fun Run with Gus Johnson: 9:00 p.m. ET
  • ANZ – The Elder Scrolls Online – Mates of Oblivion Dungeon Runs: 12:30 a.m. ET
  • ANZ – The Elder Scrolls Online – MissMollyMakes An Epic Banquet: 1:45 a.m. ET

Saturday, Aug 21

  • UK – DOOM Eternal – ‘Prayer vs Slayer’: 9:30 a.m. ET
  • UK – ESO – Through Flames of Ambition with the UK Stream Team: 10:45 a.m. ET
  • DOOM Eternal BATTLEMODE Community Bonanza!: 2:15 p.m. ET
  • Fallout 76 – C.A.M.P. Love It or Nuke It: 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Quake World Championship Grand Finals: 4:45 p.m. ET
  • The Elder Scrolls Online – Live Art Creation: 6:30 p.m. ET

Charity Initiatives
QuakeCon’s charitable legacy is being carried forward this year as well, in both a global and local way. QuakeCon viewers will be able to join us in donating to organizations directly from the official QuakeCon stream, including Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC)NAACP Legal Defense and Educational FundThe Trevor Project, and UNICEF.

QuakeCon also has the new and exclusive “Pugcubus” and “Catloop” apparel for sale. Custom Ink will split all profits from the sale of these shirts between our long-time Dallas animal adoption partner, Dallas Pets Alive, as well as FOUR PAWS, a global animal welfare organization. You can purchase these items here: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/quakecon

Free In-Game Goodies!

  • DOOM Eternal QuakeCon Slayer Skin – DOOM Eternal players can access a free in-game QuakeCon Slayer Skin, icon, and player badge across all platforms. Available from August 19 – September 2.
  • Fans who have their ESO and Twitch accounts linked through account.elderscrollsonline.com and watch for the minimum required time (15 minutes) during any of the ESO streams will receive a Twitch Drop containing one Ouroboros Crown Crate and one Flame Atronach Pack Wolf pet.
  • Log in to Quake Champions during QuakeCon and receive this year’s exclusive QuakeCon 2021 Gauntlet weapon skin, profile icon, and nameplate! Available until August 23.

QuakeCon Sale

Check out the QuakeCon 2021 Bethesda Sale across digital storefronts featuring massive deals on select Bethesda games, including 67% off Fallout 76, 75% off DOOM Eternal Deluxe Edition, 85% off Dishonored: Death of the Outsider – Deluxe Bundle, and more. These sales are live right now.

Official QuakeCon Twitch Team

Playing and sharing games with friends in the BYOC is the core of QuakeCon, and this year the global QuakeCon community will once again unite and connect through the official QuakeCon Twitch Team. The Team will celebrate QuakeCon, play and share games, and help raise money for the QuakeCon-supported charities. Some players will be featured on the QuakeCon Twitch Team page.

QuakeCon Giveaways on Fun from Partners

QuakeCon’s amazing partners have put together some awesome giveaways for fans who tune into our streams and interact with us on Twitter at @QuakeCon and @Bethesda. Check out just a few of those giveaways to look out for over the course of the event below and stay tuned to learn how to win them!

  • Pecos Pete has their traditional branded QuakeCon mugs for sale
  • Alienware will be giving away a curved 360Hz Monitor on Anna Maree’s Fundraising and Raising Heck stream
  • Razer Prize packages – Fans will have three chances to win each day while watching on Twitch
    • Razer Huntsman Mini Gaming Keyboard with Clicky Optical Switch
    • Razer Viper Ultimate Gaming Mouse with Charging Dock
    • Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless Headset
    • Razer Gigantus V2 Mouse Mat
    • Razer Base Station V2 Chroma Headset Stand USB Hub
    • Razer Sneki Sneki Plushie
  • Fractal Design: Custom QuakeCon Torrent Black Light Tint TG PC Cases
  • DOOM and Fallout-themed gaming chairs from noblechairs
  • Custom Skyrim SteelSeries Headset and Mousepad as well as a Custom Skyrim Constellation Keyboard by Keycult
  • Quake: Ranger Master Art Print from Gaming Heads
  • NZXT will give away a full Custom Quakecon PC build on their social channels
  • SteelSeries Clip Competition
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