Theme of the year

Re-inventing Imagery

The eye traffics in feelings, not in thoughts.
― Walker Evans


The AJPA 2016 photography award aims at establishing a platform of creativity through image making which will give opportunities for established and emerging artists. Artists residing in Saudi and from all over the GCC are encouraged to apply.

This year’s AJPA aims to uncover modes of production and participation in overlapping fields of culture, urbanism and social experimental photography or the use of alternative process techniques of image making. The goal is to encourage artists to break away from the familiar and commercial ways of looking at and using images through art.

In a contemporary context, a framework of rich cultural heritage and contemporaneity in the region will provides a diversity of openings for intellectual dialogue and creative activity, public art work or even object-oriented to site specific work. Adopting a critical way of thinking and experimentation enables a dialogue starting with art; which could translate into economic and societal progress.

No preference is given to any particular kind of photographic material, technique or creative route, nor are any of these excluded from consideration. Artists are encouraged to break boundaries and experiment in all mediums ranging from photography, video, drawing, installation and sculpture etc. By inventing new ways of image making we are also re-inventing ourselves. The award will provide an opportunity for artists to promote their work and further develop their careers.

Selection Process:

The organising team will examine the photographs to verify that they match the conditions of the AJPA in terms of:

  • Ownership of the photograph
  • Accuracy of the photographer’s personal information
  • No signature, name, text, stamp or logo on the photograph
  • The photograph has a title and a short explanatory text is attached
  • The photograph has not won any other prize in the past
  • The size of the photograph is correct
  • All photographs fulfilling the conditions will be forwarded to the internal judging panel, which will compile a shortlist.
  • The shortlist will be chosen by the judging panel and discussed in the Jury Meeting.


Each entry shall be given 100 points according to the following table:

Photograph Quality Photograph Concept Photograph Technique Photograph Originality Total
25 25 25 25 100

The judging panel consist in experienced photographers and experts such as curators, journalists, art directors etc. The names will be communicated after the competition in order to guarantee transparency.