ConocoPhillips’ Global Water Sustainability Center (GWSC) held a judging panel for its pilot Junior Environmental Filmmaker competition “Water, Camera, Action!” The Session was held on 03 December 2013 at the ConocoPhillips main office in Al Mirqab Towers.
The Judging Panel comprised key figures in the Environment field in Qatar, including: Somaya Al-Mutawa, Head of Community Awareness and Development at Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA); Abdulla Al Hajjaj, Environment Specialist at Qatar Foundation; Rand Agha, Corporate Citizenship Officer at Qatargas; Sadiq Gholoum Mohammed,Head of Environmental Assessment project at Qatar Petroleum; Abdulrahman Al Abduljabbar, Environment Advisor at Ministry of Environment; Dr.Samer Adham, Managing Director of Global Water Sustainability Center (GWSC); Salem Al Halbadi, Director Of Government Affairs at ConocoPhillips and Gary Sykes, President ConocoPhillips Qatar.
17 schools in Qatar participated in this competition where they produced a short a film on water sustainability in Qatar, highlighting the importance of water and raising awareness about water conservation. The Judging Panel reviewed and evaluated the participating short films, and they have scored each film based on theme, creativity, originality, presentation, impact and strength of message, motivational and inspirational elements, production quality, overall delivery and effort.
The top three films will be screened at an awards ceremony with each member of the winning teams receiving a special gift and their respective schools a trophy. The winning videos will also be featured at the 2014 Environment Fair.
Ms Somaya Al-Mutawa, Head Education and Society Aware Conservation and Energy Efficiency Department at KAHRAMAA commented on the event, “I really enjoyed watching the films produced by the students. They found unique and creative ways to raise awareness about water conservation and highlighted the extent of work and effort Qatar’s next generation are prepared to dedicate to worthwhile initiatives that address the country’s future. ConocoPhillips’ objectives are consistent with KAHRAMAA’s Tarsheed, the National Campaign for Conservation and Efficient Use of Water and Electricity and I hope we can collaborate in the future for the best interest of Qatar”.
Mr. Sadiq Gholoum Faraj Mohammed, Head of Environmental Assessment Project in Qatar Petroleum praised ConocoPhillips for launching this competition,“This is an excellent initiative by ConocoPhillips’ Global Water Sustainability Center, not only does it address a very important issue for Qatar but it also engages the youth in a creative and fun way. Qatar is situated in one of the most water-stressed regions in the world this is why we should always find ways to preserve this precious endowment”.
Since its inception, GWSC hosted over 3,000 students from schools all around Qatar with the aim of promoting water conservation to students in a unique and compelling way. In an effort to maintain and pursue this particular goal of promoting water conservation and raising awareness of GWSC on the community level, the Junior Environmental Filmmaker Awards Competition was created as one of the several initiatives that have been launched and are still ongoing.