Posted on February 08, 2013

Qatar Museums Authority, Qatar Airways, and the Orientalist Museum are pleased to announce the winner of ‘The Art of Travel’ Instagram Contest.

Local resident Mohamed Ihab is the recipient of two round-trip flights to any of Qatar Airways 120+ international destinations. His Instagram photo beat over 6000 entries and was voted most popular by the public.

Inspired by ‘The Art of Travel’ exhibition at ALRIWAQ Doha, the Instagram competition asked people to upload their best travel pictures and add the #ArtOfTravel hashtag. Over 6000 entries were received from around the world, narrowed down to 68 finalists, and opened to the public for voting.

The winning photo featured a cat looking out at the West Bay skyline from MIA Park.  Although it won over the international audience, Mohamed explained that his wife was initially skeptical about the image.

“She was making fun of me for laying on the grass just to take a photo of a cat that is not even looking toward us. She started to change her mind about the photo once she saw it, and even more after you guys picked it to enter the contest.”

Mohamed Ihab visited ‘The Art of Travel’ exhibition last week to meet members of the Orientalist Museum and representatives from Qatar Airways.  The exhibition is open until February 11th and introduces visitors to the story of Bartholomäus Schachman – a Polish mayor who travelled throughout the Ottoman Empire during its peak. Over 100 watercolour miniatures painted during his travels take visitors on a journey through 16th century Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, highlighting the people, places and customs he encountered.

Curated by Dr. Olga Nefedova, Director of the Orientalist Museum, ‘The Art of Travel’ exhibition illustrates the importance of European-Ottoman relations throughout the 16th century. A greatly expanded and reimagined version of the original Polish exhibition, ‘The Art of Travel: Bartholomäus Schachman (1559-1614)’ takes visitors on an epic journey back in time. 

Qatar Airways flies 3 times weekly to Belgrade, Serbia starting 20th November