Global photographers compete for Saudi Arabia’s photography award in Al-Wajh city

The 2022 award aims to inspire local and international photographers. (REUTERS)
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The 2022 award aims to inspire local and international photographers. (REUTERS)
The 2022 award aims to inspire local and international photographers. (Supplied)
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The 2022 award aims to inspire local and international photographers. (Supplied)
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Updated 02 August 2022

Global photographers compete for Saudi Arabia’s photography award in Al-Wajh city

The 2022 award aims to inspire local and international photographers. (REUTERS)
  • The award includes three main categories: Underwater, coastal and urban photography. It has two main components, with the first, professional grant, open to professional photographers from around the world, who can submit their work in the 3 categories

MAKKAH: Saudi Arabia’s Visual Arts Commission on Tuesday announced the launch of the Kingdom Photography Award, a pioneering cultural initiative to encourage photography and creative exploration, and enhance cultural exchange in Saudi Arabia.

The 2022 award aims to inspire local and international photographers to focus on the Kingdom’s range of natural attractions, centered on Al-Wajh governorate in Tabuk region, known for its beaches as well as historic urban environments.

Dina Amin, CEO of the Visual Arts Commission, said that the award not only provides an opportunity to discover and develop talents in the Kingdom, but also “promotes cultural and artistic exchange through the camera lens, highlighting the beautiful landscapes of the Kingdom.”

The award includes three main categories: Underwater, coastal and urban photography. It has two main components, with the first, professional grant, open to professional photographers from around the world, who can submit their work in the three categories. This component is designed to create a professional photographic archive for the region.

The second component, the discovery competition, is open to emerging Saudi photographers, who will be able to interact with professional photographers from the professional grant through training workshops and masterclasses.

Photographers who meet the initial criteria will be evaluated by a panel of industry experts and winners of the three categories in the professional grant.

The panel will choose 21 photographers to travel to Al-Wajh governorate on a three-day expedition to take part in training workshops along with the professional grant winners, as well as explore the landscape and take photographs.

Their work will then be displayed in a final exhibition organized by the Visual Arts Commission, after which the panel will choose a winner.

Professional grant winners will also display their work and will be awarded a prize pool of SR400,000 ($106,564).

The award will be organized annually in cooperation with industry partners from around the world.

Photographer Anas Al-Harthy said that the award will encourage a “modern vision” of Al-Wajh, adding that the city is rich in cultural heritage and is famous for its ancient lanes.

Photographer Yasser Bakhsh said: “This event offers great opportunities for cultural and professional exchange between local and international photographers who have extensive experiences in visual arts. These artists have participated in international competitions, and won prizes for capturing historical sites and archaeological landscapes with their lens.”

Bakhsh said that the commission has been able to attract enthusiastic photographers to document the history of the ancient Saudi city, which has never been truly photographed.

 


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  • A team was sent to the site of the crash to investigate the cause and circumstances, the bureau said

A pilot died when a light aircraft crashed shortly after taking off from Riyadh’s Al Thumamah Airport, Saudi Arabia’s Aviation Investigation Bureau said on Tuesday. 

The pilot was the only person on board, the statement added. 

A team was sent to the site of the crash to investigate the cause and circumstances, the bureau said. 

The airport is located about 29 kilometers from the King Khalid International Airport. 


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RIYADH: The mobile medical clinics of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) continued providing treatment services for the displaced in the camp of Walan in Haradh district in Yemen's Hajjah province, state-run Saudi Press Agency repoted. 
During the period from July 27 to Aug. 2, the clinics received 222 people with various health conditions, and provided them with the necessary medical services.
The clinics also provided 185 individuals with medications.
Moreover, KSrelief continued distributing food baskets in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province in Pakistan.
Some 1,856 food baskets were distributed to the needy people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, benefiting 12,992 people.
This comes within the project to support food security, being implemented by the KSrelief in Pakistan, to alleviate the suffering of the needy and affected people.


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DUBAI: A Saudi national was arrested in Najran city on Tuesday after he fired random shots from a personal weapon.
The culprit has been charged with ‘endangering the lives of others’ state news agency SPA reported. 
Another man, also a Saudi national, was arrested for documenting and publishing a video of the incident on social media. 
The incident comes a day after SPA reported a similar incident, which occurred in a governorate near Riyadh, where a man fired a machine gun ‘indiscriminately’ in a public place – he was arrested and now faces prosecution.


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Updated 16 August 2022

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  • The two officials discussed issues of mutual concern

The Philippine Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Enrique Manalo, met with Saudi Arabia’s Ambassador to his country Hisham bin Sultan Al-Qahtani, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

The two officials discussed issues of mutual concern and ways to enhance bilateral relations between the Kingdom and the Philippines, according to SPA. 

After Monday’s meeting, Manalo said on his official Twitter page: “I had a good meeting with the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Hisham Sultan Al-Qahtani, where we exchanged views on points of collaboration beneficial to both our peoples.”

 


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RIYADH: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman washed the Holy Kaaba in Makkah’s Grand Mosque on behalf of King Salman, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Tuesday.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman performed Tawaf and prayed ahead of the washing ceremony.

(SPA)

He was accompanied by Saudi minister of sports, Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal. They were received by president of the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Two Holy Mosques, Sheikh Abdulrahman Al-Sudais.

Senior officials also participated in washing the Kaaba.