Photographers can ‘capture the spirit of Ramadan’ through competition


During the holy month of Ramadan, amateur photographers can participate in the 2012 International Ramadan Photography Competition, which covers the
religious and cultural faces of Ramadan, a UAE daily reported on Tuesday.

Launched on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ramadanphotography), the non-profit initiative themed ‘Capture the Spirit of Ramadan’ by StudioBasel, the Oman-based architecture, branding and design firm, aims to educate viewers across the world about the holy month, the Gulf News reported.

The firm’s founder and chief creative director, Basel al-Misshal, took the initiative, according to the newspaper report.

This competition shall serve as a platform for the photographers to share their creative and artistic works while at the same time, highlighting the essence of Ramadan, Lina S. Ali, senior director of marketing at StudioBasel, was quoted as saying by the UAE daily.

“Ramadan scenes are diverse and we expect a smorgasbord of photos covering special traditions to iftar gatherings and prayers at mosques around the world. This year we have a special surprise for the top Islamic architecture photos and look forward to receiving great ones from professional architecture photographers,” al-Misshal told the Gulf news.

Ali said that the project “is our social responsibility project and doesn’t involve monetary gains.”

Last year close to 1000 photos were received from around the world. 40 countries including almost all Arab countries, Mauritius, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina participated last year, she said.

Amateur and professional photographers above the age of 18 can submit their works till the last day of Ramadan, according to the Gulf News report.

Requirements, including quality and resolution, will be checked once submitted. A panel of international artists and photography experts will judge the accepted photos. They will be judged on the following criteria: Impact and Message, Creativity, Photographic Quality & Technique. Winners will win a cash prize starting from $500 (Dh1, 836).