Qatar Museums this week announced the winners of the Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Single Image Award and Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Project Award. 

The awards are in partnership with Qatar Foundation and part of the Tasweer Photo Festival that opens across various locations in Qatar. It will run until 30 May with a series of exhibitions dedicated to global photographers and image-makers.

Winners

The awards are dedicated to Sheikh Saoud Al Thani (1966-2014), one of Qatar’s ardent collectors who shaped the extraordinary collection at the Museum of Islamic Art.

Project Award:

Egyptians Exiled (Mohammed Elshamy)
Egyptians Exiled (Mohammed Elshamy)
Raising Dust (Mona Hassan)
Raising Dust (Mona Hassan)
Revive Memories (Samar Baoimy)
Revive Memories (Samar Baoimy)

 

Single Image Award:

Raheel (Mohamed Nageeb)
Raheel (Mohamed Nageeb)
Untitled (Noufal Alruziqi)
Untitled (Noufal Alruziqi)
Saffron (Tamim Baba)
Saffron (Tamim Baba)

 

The Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Project Award is an annual grant award that supports proposals from photographers for the development or completion of a photographic project. Tasweer announced the open call for applications to the annual grant in October 2020.

The Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Single Image Award, meanwhile, is an annual, open call for a single image that best represents the photographer’s experience and personal narrative. Winners include Noufal Al Ruziqi, Javid Tafazoli, Mohammed Nageeb Nasr, Mohammed Al-Hajri, Omar Alsorori, Israa Mahmood Al Balushi, Alanoud Alghamdi, Mohammed Sawari, Heriadi Joewono and Tamim Baba.

The 10 prize-winning photographs will be exhibited in the main lobby of Doha Tower. More than 200 submissions for the Sheikh Saoud Al Thani Single Image Award have been curated into an online exhibition on view here.

Impressive submissions

Tasweer Director Khalifa Al Obaidly said they were incredibly impressed by the submissions received for both awards. He said that the photographers capture the moments they lived through and experienced – with many of the images shining a spotlight on humanitarian crises across the region.

It is crucial that photographers show us what is happening in Arab countries and capture the truth with an artist’s frame.

Tasweer, 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), builds on a commitment 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 is the central location for Tasweer.

Visit tasweer.qa for updates and more information. 


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