Posted on May 04, 2013

ExxonMobil Qatar, the main sponsor of CHI AL SHAQAB 2013 announced the winners of the ‘Photowalk’ Instagram photography competition, which ran throughout the event and gave contestants special access to capture all the prestige and elegance of this landmark equestrian festival.

The winners, Mohammad Muslim, Shahjahan Moidin and Costis Zagkas were recognized for their outstanding photos and Maha Al Athba for the best caption. The winners were selected by a judging panel consisting of Saleh Al Mana, Director and Vice President of Government and Public Affairs for ExxonMobil Qatar Inc., Khalid Ismail, photographer and founding member of the Photographic Society at the Aljazeera Media Training and Development Center, Ahmad Gooda, a photojournalist with Al Sharq and the Peninsula newspaper, and Hussain Ali, a photojournalist with Al Raya and Gulf Times newspaper.

The winning photographs were selected based on their ability to capture the thrill and excitement of CHI AL SHAQAB 2013, while also reflecting the beauty of horsemanship and relationship between horse and rider. Each winner was awarded the latest professional Samsung galaxy camera with 3G/Wi-Fi and access to social media.

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ExxonMobil launched the competition to grant local photographers special access to the prestigious international equestrian event as a way to further engage the local community with Qatar’s noble tradition of horsemanship. A total of 13 photographers participated in the competition which used Instagram as a platform to upload photos from the event.

“I would like to congratulate the winners of the CHI Al Shaqab 2013 ‘Photowalk’ competition, as well as everyone who took part,” said Al Mana. “The judging panel was extremely impressed with the level of photography, and selecting three winners was no easy task. CHI AL SHAQAB 2013 was a wonderful event which has helped elevate Qatar’s standing in the equestrian community and we are proud to have played a part in helping connect the local community with this landmark occasion.”