Unique Saudi photo contest now open to Oman
July 25, 2015 | 9:31 PM

Muscat: Photographers in Oman, both nationals and expatriates, will have the chance to win up to OMR3,000 and have their work exhibited in Saudi Arabia thanks to a Saudi photography competition that is now expanded to include the whole GCC region.

The 6th annual Art Jameel Photography Award (AJPA), which seeks to discover talented photographers and help them develop their skills and exhibit exceptional photography, is open for the first time to nationals and residents across the GCC, having previously been limited to Saudi Arabia.

“This year we are expanding the competition to include artistic talent from the entire Gulf region, which marks a really exciting expansion of the Art Jameel Photography Award and recognises the abundance of talent we have in our region,” said Dalya Mousa, Art Jameel Programme Manager.

In Oman the organisation is partnering with MuscArt, a gallery and workshop space run by Omani photographer Ahmed S. Al Harthy.

“The programme and concept of the award very much reflected MuscArt’s own philosophy. It’s to challenge photographers to come up with new concepts and new ideas which leads to creative thinking and looking into a different subjects in photography, ultimately resulting in a form of education, and hopefully a unique and strong result,” said Alexandra Hoepfner, MuscArt Gallery Manager.

Male and female entrants of 18 years and above are required to produce a single photograph, or series of photographs that capture the theme 'Transitions', reflecting transitions from social, conceptual, cultural, economic, personal or even technical perspectives.

Hoepfner said there are a number of photography competitions in Oman, but often with repetitive themes and competitions that revolve around the same people. She hopes this competition, with its unique theme and its workshops may “bring a fresh wind into the market with a whole new level of competitors.”

The workshop, which will be held in September in Oman, will be free of charge and open to all participants on a first-come, first-serve basis if they reserve tickets in advance.

“It’s just a great opportunity for Oman to show a different more abstract side, which takes quite a bit of courage, as well as a chance of building your name within the GCC countries,” Hoepfner said.

Hoepfner said she hopes anyone with a passion for photography will participate, especially those “quirky misfits that may find it difficult to find their place in traditional photography.” This competition will focus more on the message than the technical aspects of the photographs, which may encourage more participants, she added.

Competitions winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in December 2015. Winners will receive cash prizes, the opportunity for residency and the chance to participate in Art Jameel’s activities in Saudi Arabia and abroad. Winning work will be promoted online and in print, both regionally and internationally.

Applications will close on October 31, 2015. Submissions can be made via the competition website -

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