Posted on June 18, 2011

The Ministry of Environment has received over 2,000 entries from about 300 photographers in its photography competition sponsored by ExxonMobil Qatar, a spokesperson said. The contest was held in conjunction with Qatar Environment Day 2011 under the theme “sport and  environment”.

The technical committee that reviewed the entries include environmental expert Mohsen Zayed al-Khayareen, Fatima al-Mannai, Mohamed al-Kubari, Salma al-Kuwari and Qatar Photographic Society member Hussein Jaber. In all, 35 elementary, primary and secondary schools participated in the competition with more than 150 students submitting entries.

“We saw an overwhelming response from the public and were thrilled with the amount of photos received,” Al-Mannai said, adding: “These photographs not only met international standards of creativity but also reflected their acute aesthetic and artistic sensibilities.”She explained that such competitions were being organised by the Ministry of Environment to address the need for awareness of environmental issues among all members of the community as well to meet the objectives set out under the environmental pillar of Qatar National Vision 2030.

ExxonMobil Qatar public and government affairs vice-president Saleh al-Mana said: “Our sponsorship of the photography competition and support for Qatar Environment Day 2011 is part of our long-term commitment to the local community. We share a fruitful relationship with the Ministry of Environment and we will continue to work together to ensure that we minimise the impact of growth and progress on the environment.”

Ministry of Environment public relations and communication unit director Ali Sultan al-Ghanim thanked ExxonMobil for its support and praised the company’s efforts to promote awareness about the importance of conserving the environment. He also expressed gratitude to the committee members for evaluating the entries  while also acknowledging the contributions of Katara Cultural Centre’s management and the Photographic Society. Al-Ghanim said the winners in the competition will be announced soon during an award ceremony and an exhibition to be organised in Katara cultural district showcasing the best entries from the competition.

Source: GT