RIYADH: ARAB NEWS
Published — Saturday 24 November 2012
Last update 24 November 2012 4:22 am
Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA), will inaugurate a photography forum at the Riyadh International Center for Exhibitions and Conferences on Sunday.
“The Saudi Colors Forum, the first seminar on photography in the Kingdom, will put special stress on national tourism marketing,” Deputy Chairman of SCTA for Marketing and Programs Abdullah Al-Johani said in a statement quoted by the Saudi Press Agency on Friday. “The five-day event also aims to attract citizens and expatriates to domestic tourism that is rich with diversity.”
Abdul Aziz Khoja, minister of culture and information, will also attend the forum, which ends Nov. 29.
Al-Johani added that the SCTA forum seeks to promote both amateur and professional photographers so that they could be of service to the promotion of the heritage and tourist potential of the Kingdom.
The winner of the photographic competition conducted as part of the forum will also be announced in the opening function. More than 1,000 photographers participated in the contest with 3,000 submissions, which focused on four themes — nature, urban heritage, Saudi faces and national development.
The value of the total prizes is SR 420,000. The jury has chosen 10 submissions from each section. The prize also includes a SR 100,000 Prince Sultan bin Salman Prize for the best photo of individuals and establishments in the category of national tourism.
The prince will also open an exhibition on the sidelines of the forum. It will showcase photos submitted for the contest and also on topics of national interest.
The exhibition, which will be open to visitors Monday through Thursday, will also showcase services related photography. While a general pavilion will highlight the history of the Kingdom with focus on kings in their domestic tourist journeys, a special section will be devoted to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. Another section will display the photographic achievements of Prince Sultan. There is also a section set apart for the Kingdom seen through the lenses of international photographers.
The SCTA pavilion will focus on its development and achievements in its comparatively short history. The expo will also display photos of the achievements of the ministries of Culture and Information, Education, Municipal and Rural Affairs, the King Abdul Aziz Research Foundation, the National Commission for Wildlife Conservation and Development and the Saudi Geographical Society. A number of workshops will also be conducted on the sidelines of the forum.