Posted on October 30, 2016

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, the organisation responsible for delivering the infrastructure for the 2022 FIFA World CupTM, has announced the launch of a photography competition to celebrate Qatar’s budding amateur photography scene and create a group of world-class professional sports photographers ready to showcase Qatar to the world during the 2022 FIFA World CupTM Qatar.

Run in collaboration with The Youth Hobbies Center under the auspices of The Ministry of Culture and Sports, professionals, amateurs, and photographers over the age of 18 are all eligible to enter by submitting their best sports photography material, whether this be photos of sports in action, portraits of players or behind-the-scenes shots. First place in the Competition will receive QAR 10,000, second place will receive QAR 8,000 and third place will receive 5,000. The winning photos will also appear in the Sports Photography Exhibition in The Youth Hobbies Center and at Building 18 at Katara Hall for one week.

The competition will run from Sunday 30th October to midnight on Thursday 10th November, with the winners being announced at the Winners Announcement Ceremony in Katara on Monday 14th November. In addition to cash prizes, successful entrants will gain the opportunity to hone their photography skills via a tailored training programme. Initially, this programme will develop technical skills through a two-year Diploma. Successful graduates will then go on to develop practical professional experience with SC partners to embed their skills further in the run-up to 2022.

Khalid Al Jumaily, SC Community Engagement Manager, said of the Competition: “Qatar has hosted 20 mega sporting events and hundreds of smaller events since 2004 and a local passion for sports photography has grown alongside our hosting capabilities. Through this competition, we want to further support local passion for photography as part of our preparations for the 2022 FIFA World CupTM”. The Competition is part of a broader programme nurturing talent in the local sports photography community. It is seeking to develop a group of qualified photographers who will document the on-field action and impressive fan experiences of the 2022 FIFA World CupTM, showcasing Qatar to the world in the process.

Abdulrahman Al Hajri, General Manager of the Youth Hobbies Center Manager, said: “The Youth Hobbies Center aims to help amateur photographers strengthen their skills and reach a professional standard. We are excited to cooperate with the SC to grow the local photography community by raising awareness and creating incentives for people with an interest in photography to develop their skills. We encourage all members of the community to contribute to raising Qatar’s profile as a regional cultural hub by taking part.”

To submit your entry, send your image to [email protected] or take it on a USB to the Youth Hobbies Center at Katara building 18 before Thursday 10th November. For more information, visit www.sc.qa.

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