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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Among KSRelief’s efforts for refugees in Jordan includes a $1.33 million agreement with the King Hussein Cancer Foundation to treat Syrians diagnosed with cancer; a $2 million accord with the National Alliance Against Hunger and Malnutrition to boost food security for poor families as well as a pact with the Jordan Hashemite Charity Organization to provide housing and utilities support for 22 Syrian families involving 109 individuals.


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The meeting between the two leaders, held in Jeddah on Wednesday, reviewed the countries’ relations and ways to enhance bilateral ties, a joint statement between the two countries said. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Mirziyoyev also emphasized the importance of exploring investment opportunities between their two countries, in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 goals and Uzbekistan’s development goals.


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MAKKAH: The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev performed the Umrah pilgrimage on Thursday, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported. 

The president was received by several officials from the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque and from the Special Force for the Security of the Grand Mosque upon his arrival. 

Mirziyoyev’s official press service shared photos from the president’s pilgrimage on Twitter. 

 

The Uzbek president had arrived in Jeddah on Wednesday, where he was received by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 

The pair held a meeting and discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields, in addition to reviewing a number of issues of common interest. 


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RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman received in Jeddah Iraq’s National Wisdom Movement leader Ammar Al-Hakim, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Friday.

The pair discussed Saudi-Iraqi relations and issues of mutual interest.

Al-Hakim arrived in Jeddah on Wednesday and was received by deputy minister of foreign affairs Waleed Al-Khuraiji.

Saudi and Iraqi senior officials attended the meeting. 


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RIYADH: Mansour Al-Mushaiti, deputy minister of environment, water and agriculture, stressed the importance of developing geospatial infrastructure during a meeting organized by the ministry at its headquarters in Riyadh on Tuesday. 

Al-Mushaiti commended the ministry’s work on geospatial infrastructure and remote sensing over the past years and emphasized the need to develop leadership in this area. 

Bandar Al-Muslmani, general supervisor of the geospatial information and remote sensing department at the ministry, spoke about the significance of developing training programs in the field in order to bolster digital sectors through geospatial data, applications and spatial analytics.

Such training programs would lead to increased efficiency, improved services and location-based decisions.

According to the Unified National Platform, the availability of geospatial information is required to achieve the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.