Katara gears up to host the 1st edition of Photography Festival

As Katara aims to bring communities together through art and innovation, the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara is gearing up to host the first edition of the Katara Photography Festival, scheduled to kick off on 19 October. The festival will last until the 30th of the same month.  

The Katara Photography Festival is a cultural event that aims to provide a platform for chosen experts and enthusiasts in the field to showcase their work. They will also be seen engaging in knowledge-sharing with budding photographers, through a range of workshops. In addition, the festival will serve as a meeting point for upcoming local photographers, who will be able to use the opportunity to click and submit entries for an online competition.


Commenting on the inaugural festival opening, the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation- Katara, HE Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, said:

Through the successful hosting of our diverse array of events and festivals, Katara is keen on embracing multiculturalism and diversity by building communication bridges between people from all walks of life. Throughout the launch of the first edition of Katara Photography Festival, we aim to establish and enhance mutual-cooperation relations between (amateur and professional) photographers.’

‘It is also worth mentioning that photography is considered to be one of the most popular types of visual arts, due to the constant developments within the technology sector as advanced applications are implemented on cell-phones and cameras. These features provide further room for innovation and creativity. For any photographer, innovation is essential, but equally important is the artistic platform that is provided for any artist. The festival will witness a display of art pieces in the presence of the world’s leading photographers who are scheduled to share their experiences and knowledge with the audience. Without a doubt, this will be an irresistible opportunity for all photography enthusiasts in Qatar.’

The photography festival had its online debut earlier this month, wherein photographers (amateur and professional) were invited to submit their entries based on a given theme, until the 20th of October.


The online competition requires participants to submit pictures (in raw form without filters) captured with their smartphones. The images need to reflect Qatar’s local culture and atmosphere through ‘Street Photography’, while being based on the theme ‘Excitement’. After the competition is over, a committee will choose twenty pictures from the received submissions, as the winning entries. These winning pictures will be displayed at one of the galleries and will be open for sale wherein the proceeds will be donated to a charity. The top three winners will also receive cash prizes.

The exhibition will host five renowned photographers from Qatar, Germany, France, Lebanon, and the Philippines. They will conduct workshops during the weekend on a variety of topics and share their knowledge with photography enthusiasts.

The first edition of the photography festival is set to be a one-of-a-kind event and a memorable one for the visitors and residents of Doha.

For more information, visit katara.net