Capturing the perfect moment

Photographer from Karbala pursues dream amid challenges

KARBALA — Mujtaba Muneeb, a young photographer from Tuwaireej, Karbala, is making strides toward becoming a top sports photographer, despite a disability that causes nerve atrophy in his right hand and foot. Muneeb, in his twenties, has honed an artistic eye that captures compelling moments in sports.

Nerve atrophy can significantly impact daily life by reducing muscle function and strength, causing challenges with mobility and dexterity.

Muneeb’s passion for sports photography was nurtured by his family’s love for sports. His father, a goalkeeping coach, once trained Jalal Hassan, a goalkeeper for the Iraq national team. Currently, Muneeb works for Al-Hindiya Club and dreams of photographing Asian matches and the Iraqi national team.

“I was born into a sports-oriented family. My father coached goalkeepers at several local clubs and trained national team goalkeeper Jalal Hassan at the start of his career. My family’s support was crucial in pursuing my passion for sports photography,” Muneeb recalled.

His career began with local teams and has progressed to photographing first-division matches. Now, he covers the Iraqi Premier League and leads the media office at Al-Hindiya Sports Club. “The thrill and challenge of sports photography lie in capturing the perfect moment that reflects the game’s atmosphere or outcome. My work goes beyond sports photography,” he added.

Muneeb’s portfolio extends beyond the sports arena. “My most cherished photograph is of a weary woman holding a picture of her martyred son,” he said, capturing the profound struggles faced by many during times of war.

Reflecting on his journey, Muneeb noted, “Life challenges us in many ways, but true strength lies in how we handle those challenges. The support and love from people drive success and creativity.”

He concluded with a message for his peers, emphasizing the importance of focusing on the positive aspects of life to achieve their dreams and overcome obstacles.

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