ConocoPhillips’ Global Water Sustainability Center honoured the winning schools for its pilot Junior Environmental Filmmakers Competition (JEFC) “Water, Camera, Action!” in an Awards Ceremony held on the 7th of January at the Four Seasons Hotel, Doha, Qatar.
The Junior Environmental Filmmakers Competition saw the participation of 17 schools around Doha, and the top twelve were invited to the Awards Ceremony. Ibn-Khaldoun Preparatory Independent School came in first place, followed by Omar Bin Al-Khattab Preparatory School in second place and Awsaj Academy in third. Each of the winning schools received a trophy along valuable prizes that would help the students continue their passion for creating films.
Other schools were awarded for their creativity and remarkable efforts in producing their films. Park House English School received “Best Creative Concept” award, Doha College was awarded “Best Cinematography”, and “Best Background Music” went to Micheal E. Debakey High School. “Best Video Title” went to Mesaieed International School and Al Andalus School won “Best Actors” awards. All winning films were screened at the ceremony.
The highlight of the ceremony was an interactive performance by world renowned scientist, teacher and entertainer James Soper, who is known for his shows about subjects that entertain students' imagination. His shows have reached a quarter of a million children over the past few years. James performed a bespoke activity for the ceremony that explored water using exciting demonstrations, multimedia and lots of volunteer help from the students. His show complemented and reinforced the science teaching students are already doing at school.
Frank Feghali, vice president and commercial manager at ConocoPhillips expressed his excitement about the event, “We received seventeen great films, and I can honestly say that we were truly impressed by the amount of effort and dedication put into each of one of them. One of our main goals at ConocoPhillips is to raise awareness around water conservation in Qatar, and what a better way to promote this cause than getting school students actively participating in spreading this awareness.”
Salem Al-Halbadi, director of government affairs at ConocoPhillips gave the opening speech, where he stated, “Water is a national priority in the State of Qatar and therefore the theme of this competition was water conservation. Each one of the participating students has done a great contribution to water conservation by so eagerly engaging with this competition. And they have indeed done a great job.”
The Global Water Sustainability Center launched the Junior Environmental Filmmakers competition “Water, Camera, Action!” on September 2013 in 20 schools around Qatar as part of its many initiatives to promote water conservation in the country. Each school had one month to film and edit a 4-minute video that highlights water sustainability in Qatar. Key environmental figures in Qatar were invited to evaluate each film and choose the top three films, which will also be screened at Environmental Fair 2014. The judging panel included 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, ConocoPhillips water solutions manager; Salem Al Halbadi, director of government affairs at ConocoPhillips and Gary Sykes, president of ConocoPhillips Qatar.