Riyadh hosts Art Jameel Photography Award 2016, More than 400 enter contest’s seventh staging

20/11/2016 - 09:05
Riyadh hosts Art Jameel Photography Award 2016, More than 400 enter contest’s seventh staging

The 30 entries chosen as finalists in the latest Art Jameel Photography Award (AJPA) are being exhibited at the Naila Art Gallery in Riyadh until November 19 when the five winners will be announced.

They will share cash prizes of more than SAR 100,000.

More than 500 photographers from 30 countries entered the seventh staging of the AJPA, organised by Art Jameel in collaboration with the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts.

The finalists were chosen by a panel of judges headed by Saudi Artist Ahmed Mater, along with Zelda Cheatle, the curator and editor of photography, Mohamed Somji, co-director of Gulf Photo Plus, David George, photographer and lecturer at Sir John Cass University and founder and director of the Uncertain States newspaper, and Shoair Mavlian, a curator focusing on organising exhibitions and acquisitions at Tate Modern.

The Riyadh exhibition opened on November 16 and was attended by members of the media and the culture and arts community, including prominent Saudi artist Dr Ahmed Mater; Dr Omar AlJasser, director of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts in Jeddah; the artist Maha Malluh; and representatives of the British council, the award’s educational partner.

This year’s theme is ‘Reinventing the Image’, seeking to uncover methods of production and participation within overlapping areas of the cultural, urban, and social landscape through experimental photography or alternative methods of processing or creating images.

Announcing the finalists, Art Jameel manager Dalya Mousa said: “The number of applicants confirms the prestigious status of the contest and the big response from the talents and innovators in the field was at a high level of photographic creativity and quality.”

Omar Al Jasser, director of the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts in Jeddah, added: “It is very commendable that a company operating in the private sector, Community Jameel, adopts, through one of its initiatives, the AJPA contest and contributes to the dissemination of culture and arts not only locally, but regionally and globally.

“This contest is a contribution to Saudi Arabia’s efforts in supporting arts and human culture. It also attests Art Jameel’s prestige and its care for the Saudi citizens in an expression of gratitude for the wise leadership of the country.”

Art Jameel, a Community Jameel initiative for arts and culture, organises AJPA for amateur and professional photographers. It was launched in 2019 as the Bab Rizq Jameel Prize for Photography. The results were so impressive that the contest developed into AJPA in 2013, intended not to only attract the best photographers, but to help job creation, in line with the objectives of Community Jameel.

The scope of the award was expanded this year to include artistic talent from all over the Gulf region and encourage them to enhance their skills. The contest also drew entries from France, Spain, Armenia, Luxembourg, and UK.

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Photographer Mai Almoataz of Bahrain won the first AJPA award for her photo ‘Proof of Presence’. Jassim Alnashmi, from Kuwait, won second prize for ‘We Forget No 2’. Third prize went to Magda Jentgeni of Luxembourg for ‘A Town Departed.” Fourth and fifth places went to Qamar Abdelmalek of Palestine for ‘Self Portrait’ and Fahad Bahada of Yemen for ‘Motherhood’.

The last AJPA winner was Portuguese citizen and KSA resident Adriano Pimenta for his photo ‘Taking the Populated Areas Apart – Shifts Behind the Apparent’.

More than 5,000 people finals. have participated in the seven editions of the prize so far, with 180 making it to the Most submissions have come from GCC Nationals and residents and other nationalities including Yemen, the Philippines, Egypt, Indonesia, Sudan, United States, United Kingdom, India, Malaysia, Greece, Pakistan, and Argentina.

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