Photographers from Western Asia and North Africa (WANA) region will have the opportunity to showcase their works and win in the second edition of the Sheikh Saoud al-Thani Project and Single Image Awards, Qatar Museums (QM) has announced.
The open call forms part of Tasweer, a photography festival celebrating photographers from the WANA region. The award, dedicated to Sheikh Saoud al-Thani (1966-2014) — one of Qatar’s greatest collectors who largely shaped the Museum of Islamic Art’s extraordinary collection — invites photographers to submit their entries before December 20 at www.tasweer.qa.
The annual grant award for photographers supports proposals for the development or completion of a photographic project. The jury-selected awardees will each receive a grant award of QR30,000 to support their in-development or new photographic project.
The Sheikh Saoud Single Image Award is an open call for a single image that best represents the photographer's experience and personal narrative, according to QM.
“The Sheikh Saoud al-Thani Foundation founded the Sheikh Saoud al-Thani Award as a celebration of photography, giving representation to aspiring and established photographers in WANA. Following on the success of the first edition, which saw entrants and winners of phenomenal talent and creativity, we look forward to receiving this year’s entries,” Tasweer’s founding director Khalifa Ahmad al-Obaidly said in a press statement.
The annual photography competition is held in partnership with the Sheikh Saoud al-Thani Foundation, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), and the Social & Sport contribution Fund (DAAM). As part of Tasweer’s collaboration with HMC, a selection of the winning images will be displayed on screens for in-patients.
QM founded Tasweer to nurture and shine an international spotlight on aspiring and established photographers and photographic communities from WANA. The initiative builds on QM’s commitment to nurture artistic talent and support the nation’s thriving cultural landscape.
Winners of will be announced on March 24 during the launch of the next edition of Tasweer. Winning photographs will be on view at Doha Tower during the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.