Four people were announced as the winner of the #MyLegacy social media photography competition and each winner received a limited-edition Sheikh Abdullah bin Jassim al Thani gold coin. The winners were: Rukhsar Rafiq, Abdullah Mohammed Kaivanifard, Maryam Abdullah Al Khalifa, and Rahma Osman.
Inspired by the National Museum’s Sheikh Abdullah Bin Jassim Al Thani: a Leader’s Legacy exhibition, the #MyLegacy competition asked the public to share images of how they would leave their legacy in Qatar and tag it to #MyLegacy. From a total of 51 entries, five winning photographs were selected by a five-member jury from the National Museum of Qatar. The photographs were chosen for their creativity, aesthetics, and how they embodied the competition challenge. One of the five winners remains to come forward and identify their social media submission. Images and videos were uploaded to Vine, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and can still be seen under the hashtag.
The competition closes a 2 month exhibition honoring one of Qatar’s important founding Leaders. As part of the Leader’s Legacy exhibition community outreach, an intensive schedule of school tours, family programs, lectures, and workshops were also offered and led by the National Museum of Qatar, with the support of principal partner ExxonMobil. Organized in three phases, the exhibit brings to life Qatar’s development beginning with Sheikh Abdullah’s succession to power in 1913 and the start of the modern State of Qatar. The story then moves to Sheikh Jassim’s Old Palace – the history of the Palace itself, its occupancy by the ruling family, geographical location in the Fareej Al Sulatah or (Sharq) of Doha, and its importance as the center of rule in Qatar. Moving into modern times, the exhibit showcases the transition of what was a former palace to Qatar’s first museum in 1975, and subsequently displays the ambitious plans of QMA to develop the old palace site into the new National Museum of Qatar.
A Leader’s Legacy is part of an ongoing exhibition series planned by QMA and the National Museum of Qatar, which is poised to become a world leader in the field of museums and heritage, presenting the rich culture and traditions of Qatar from its beginnings through to present-day.