Posted on June 07, 2015

A stunning student photography exhibition aimed at raising awareness for World Environment Day took place at the Gate Mall on June 4th  The photographs are the top 50 most inspiring photos submitted through Instagram for a competition called My Qatar, which was held in April. The top three winners were announced and prizes were presented during the ceremony. The competition was held under the patronage of the Ministry of Environment, an initiative of The Youth Company and sponsored by Doha Festival City, Nakilat and N-KOM.

“My Qatar” provided a wonderful platform for the youth to be a part of World Environment Day celebrations. It provided an opportunity to students, both from university as well as the high school, to explore mother-nature through clicking photographs and exhibiting their creativity to a larger audience. The ‘theme’ for this year’s World Environment Day celebration is “Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care”. A total of 600 submissions, from different nationalities, were received throughout the month of April.

Mr. Muhsen Al Khyarin, Director Public Relations & Communications, Ministry of Environment, expressed his delight for the growing involvement of institutions and organisations at various levels of environmental awareness campaigns. He congratulated the winning students for their achievements and thanked all students who participated in this environmental campaign. He said at the end everyone is a winner as all these initiatives are for the sustainability of our environment.

My Qatar a student photo 2 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgHe also appreciated The Youth Company for their initiative and Doha Festival City, Nakilat and N-KOM for sponsoring this event and Gate Mall for facilitating the venue, and others for their support for the success of this campaign. Abdullah Al Sulaiti, Managing Director at Nakilat, said: “This competition sums up everything Nakilat and N-KOM want to inspire in young people – creative thinking, a vision for the future of Qatar, and our responsibility to protect the environment.”

Kareem Shamma, CEO of BASREC - the owner and developer of Doha Festival City, stated: “By encouraging Qatar’s youth to depict the beauty of their country, Doha Festival City continues its mission to promote positive values within the Qatari community. Increasing environmental awareness is fundamental to ensure the sustainable development of a thriving nation. We are proud to collaborate with the Ministry of Environment, The Youth Company and the other partners involved so as to support environment themed projects, setting an example for others to contribute in preserving the environment and creating an eco-conscious society. We feel creative expression and art are the perfect platforms to educate and engage our youth on this civic education journey. We look forward to supporting many more of these meaningful initiatives in the future”

My Qatar a student photo 3 [qatarisbooming.com].jpgMy Qatar was aimed at promoting sustainable and environmentally-friendly activities by encouraging participants to explore Qatar’s nature and to capture inspirational shots. The Youth Company, together with Nakilat and N-KOM, hoped to inspire Qatar’s residents and create awareness by triggering a passion for a greener tomorrow. The challenge’s judging panel selected 50 submissions, based on pre-set criteria, to be displayed for the public in an exhibition at the Gate Mall from the 5th of June to the 9th of June.

Mohamed Farid, Founder and Chairman of The Youth Company, commented: “I’m thrilled with the outcome of this initiative; not only have we received hundreds of submissions but we managed to get students to think about the environment and engage in a creative activity themed around sustainability. Photography is a great way to pause and observe surroundings and details that we normally do not notice; It is very valuable to capture these details and share them with the rest of the community. When looking at the bigger picture, I think youth will be making a huge difference and, hopefully, will strive to keep our environment healthy.”

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