The competition was launched on behalf of H E Mohammed al Zubair to recognise talent in visual arts in Oman and award captivating photography in the region.
The Al Zubair Photography Competition will grant one of the biggest prize packages ever awarded for a photography competition in Oman and the GCC. Three winners will be selected, with RO4,000 awarded for the winner, RO2,000 for the first runner-up, and RO1,000 for the second runner-up.
H E Mohammad al Zubair’s professional photography has earned him numerous awards and several published photobooks dedicated to capturing the beauty of Oman.
Describing his inspiration and reasoning behind the launch of the competition, H E Zubair said, “This competition was created to recognise and award photographers dedicated to refining their craft and showcasing a unique perspective. It’s a chance for them to channel their artistic outlook by telling a visually compelling story through a single still photograph. This competition also serves as an opportunity for us to showcase the power of the medium in telling Oman’s story.”
The competition will explore the theme of architecture in Oman.
Submissions can be made on the competition website, www.alzubairphotography.com, from January 23 to March 31. The finalists and winners will be announced in April.
“Capturing the beauty of Oman is a passion that has driven me to travel around the country, document the people as well as the natural and urban landscapes. My love for Omani architecture and desire to capture its beauty in photographs inspired the theme of this competition. It is an opportunity for photographers to display the unique styles and intricate decorations in Omani architecture, ones that reflect our diverse culture, heritage and history,” H E Zubair said.
Mohammad al Farei, CEO of Bait al Zubair, said, “Over the years, we have observed the growth of photography in Oman, and Omani photographers have gone on to garner high acclaim beyond the sultanate’s borders and receive great recognition in prestigious international competitions and forums.
“We are confident that this contest will see talent of international level brought to the fore, and we cannot wait to witness the creativity and professionalism in the way contestants portray the interesting architecture we are privileged to experience in Oman.”
Eng Sultan bin Hamdoon al Harthi, one of the most experienced architects in Oman, who is also the chairman of Omantel and Al Mouj, will join leading photographers in the region, Victor Romero, Catalin Marin, Henry Dallal and Khamis al Moharbi, in judging the competition.
Entries are currently open at www.alzubairphotography.com