Noted photographer tells a story to the world

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Inspired by what is yet to be discovered, Dubai-based artist Donell Cablas Gumiran has proven to his global following that dreaming plus positive actions result to success. 

For his extraordinary achievements, he was chosen as Brand Ambassador of Fujifilm Middle East in 2014. Donell, 41, is presently the Design Director/Senior Art Director of The MOB Advertising Agency.

He moved to Dubai in March 2005. He joined Shuttle Advertising as Art Director where he handled projects for Whirpool, Carrier, Century 21, Brewster Cafe, New World Real Estate

Dubai Vacation Homes, Al bab World, Connection Properties, Europa Industries, Alpha Tours, Travelex, World Traveller, Exotic Cars and Ideal Cars.

All through the years as an overseas Filipino, he has been guided by a simple formula in  achieving things. It has something to do with dreaming plus positive actions equal success.

Today, while he gets regular invitation as inspirational speaker in various international photography conference, this proud Ilonggo admits that he wants to learn more. With fellow expats in UAE, he regularly conducts well-attended photography workshops to share tips and techniques to neophytes.

For those who want to follow his footsteps, this he said, “Time is the most valuable commodity. Keep positive and appreciate the moment now.”


Grand Prize Winner

  • XMO Fujifilm Photography Competition (MENA)
  • Fujifilm International Photography Competition

1st Place

  • Emirates Heritage Club 2014 Photography Competition
  • Emirates Photography (Al Dafra Photography Competition)
  • Adihex 2013 Photography Competition – ADNEC Abu Dhabi
  • Mansoor Bin Mohammed Photography Awards 2013
  • Dubai Municipality Award – 11th Environment Awareness Intl Photo Competition

2nd Place

  • Shoot from Al Gharbia 2014
  • Emirates Heritage Club 2013 Photography Competition
  • Al Ain Mall Photography Competition 2013
  • Al Dafra In Photography Eyes Intl Photography Competition 2012 & 2013
  • Canon Middle East International Photography Competition
  • More Cafe Digital Photography Competition


  • 3rd place, Fujierah Photography Competition 2012
  • 3rd place, Abu Dhabi 2012 Int’l Hunting & Equestrian Exhibition
  • 4th place, Al Ain Photographia Awards Photography Competition
  • 4th place, Shoot from Al Gharbia 2013
  • 5th place, HIPA-DIPC International Photography Competition
  • 6th place, Abu Dhabi through your Eyes International Competition
  • Finalist, HIPA International Photography Competition Awards
  • Finalist, The Best Photographs ever taken in the UAE
  • Finalist, National Geographic Abu Dhabi International Competition


THE BLOGGER. Ulysses Espartero is the author of Precious Gems in a Desert of Gold, the first and only coffee table book about Filipino achievers in Middle East. Connect with him on Facebook.


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