Qatar Museums will inaugurate Tasweer Photo Festival Qatar on 24 March, with a dynamic and interconnected programme of exhibitions.

The inaugural festival will feature the Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Awards, commissions, collaborations, presentations and workshops aimed to draw international photographers and photographic communities in Qatar and Western Asia and North Africa (WANA) region.

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Established by Qatar Museums under the leadership of its Chairperson, HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and sponsored by the Social and Sport Contribution Fund (Daam), the festival aims to nurture artistic talent, develop Qatar’s arts economy and support the creative industry. M7, Qatar’s new hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in the creative industries, will serve as the central location for Tasweer.

A resource for artists 

According to HE Sheikha Mayassa, Tasweer was created to champion the medium of photography and will serve as a resource for artists in Qatar and the region. She said that the development of the platform builds on the efforts of the past.

The incorporation of the Sheikh Saoud Al Thani photography awards as part of this initiative is to increase the visibility of the talents that we have and invest in the ecosystem for creative growth.

The first photography award in Qatar was established more than twenty years ago — and as we look forward we will continue to grow our collections and to support aspiring photographers and collectors.

HE Sheikha Mayassa said she is grateful to all collaborators, organisations and individuals who have come together to kick start Tasweer, adding that she has no doubt about the impact that the event will have on the country’s creative and economic growth.

Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Awards

Tasweer will dedicate two awards to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani (1966-2014), one of Qatar’s greatest collectors who shaped the extraordinary collection of the Museum of Islamic Art.

The Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Single Image Award is an annual, open call for a single image that best represents the photographer’s experience and personal narrative. The Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Project Award, on the other hand, is an annual grant award that supports proposals for the development or completion of a photographic project. Winners of the 2021 Awards will be announced on 24 March, Tasweer’s opening day.

An exhibition that introduces the winners of the 2021 Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Project Award is created in partnership with Qatar Foundation and will be on view at Multaqa Gallery in Education City from 24 March until 30 May.


More than 200 of the Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Single Image Award submissions have been selected and curated into an online exhibition at The effort was led by the photography collective Photo Art Qatar and made available on-screen at the in-patient facilities of Hamad Medical Corporation. The ten prize-winning photographs of the 2021 Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Single Image Award will be exhibited at the main lobby of Doha Tower.

From 24 March through 30 May, Tasweer will present a series of exhibitions dedicated to global photographers and image-makers, including The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion, on view at M7; Contemporary Heritage, on view at heritage sites in Qatar; and Experimental Photography, on view at the QM Gallery – Katara.

Tasweer Festival

The Tasweer Photo Festival Qatar hub will be on the ground floor of M7 at Msheireb Downtown Doha. Tasweer’s live and online programme is curated in partnership with M7, and multiple programme partners.

Tasweer Artistic Director Charlotte Cotton describes the festival hub as, ‘a place where we can make, talk and plan together – where projects and ideas start their journey and will carry the legacy of Tasweer 2021 forward with exhibitions, grants, commissions, and partnerships’.

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