Two photographs of Qatar Foundation's Education City buildings have been placed among the top 10 photographs in Matrix4Design and Urban Photo Award for 2021. The 10 finalist photographs were exhibited at the Metroquality showroom, via Solferino 24, Milan from September 6 to 17 on the Fuorisalone.
An Indian expatriate’s photograph of Education City Mosque is one among them. Arnab Sarkar, an architect by profession, is very passionate about photography and was mentored by Indian National Award winning photographer, Kamalesh Kamila.
The Urban Photo Award organises photography competition every year across the globe and thousands of photographers submit entries. Post judging, the photos are displayed in multiple exhibitions across Italy and other European countries. From last year, Matrix4Design joined hands with them to select 10 best architecture photographs, which have changed the shape of those countries and are true photography gems.
Sarkar participated in the competition this year and got selected among the final top 10. He said,” I chose the Education City Mosque in Qatar because I wanted to spread the message to the world that religion is not just about being confined to a specific group. It is about love and constructive ideas too.”
Sarkar started photography from the age of 16 and has 23 years of experience. He has bagged several awards and global recognitions. He was a student of the Department of Photography at R K Mission Vidyamandira, Belur, West Bengal.
His passion for photography has led him to specialise in areas such as nature, wildlife, travel and cultural photography.
“I love photography, especially wild and nature photography. I have extensively travelled in 11 countries so far starting from South Africa to South Asian countries. I have been able to picturise these countries beautifully to my audience,” he said.
Sarkar has worked in multiple assignments with National Geographic and other renowned organisations. His works on Travel and Architecture, Eyes of people from different communities have been highly appreciated.
Sarkar who is in Qatar for the last several years, has captured almost all major events in the country. His photographs have been exhibited at Indian Cultural Centre. Presently he is on mission to capture the inner beauty of Qatar to display to the world at the FIFA World Cup next year.
“People have a lot of pain and stress in their day to day life. Photography should reflect positivity and help them get away from their troubles. I look forward to bringing a smile on the faces of people through photography,” he added.
A photograph of the Ceremonial Court in the Education City by Francesca Pompei has also been placed among the first 10 photographs of the competition. The Ceremonial Court is located inside the Education City of Qatar Foundation. It is a large multi-functional open space designed to host events, ceremonies and concerts.