In March Muscat Mutterings posted about a competition held by Muriya Tourism in partnership with the Oman Photography Club. I must admit that I participated because photography has become somewhat of a hobby and I am always looking for new challenges. The subject of the competition was the Jabel Sifa project, located some 45 minz away from Muscat on the Sifa Beach. Participants were requested to provide 5 of their best images featuring the natural beauty of Sifa and the villas that Muriya is currently building there. The winners will be announced this Saturday, 14 May at The Oman Society of Fine Arts at 7:30pm.

Competition Awards:

Theme 1:
First prize: 1,000 OMR
Second prize: 750 OMR
Third prize: 500 OMR
Two appreciation prizes value of each prize is 100 OMR

Theme 2:
First prize: 1,000 OMR
Second prize: 750 OMR
Third prize: 500 OMR
Two appreciation prizes value of each prize is 100 OMR

So please keep your fingers crossed for me! Although I didn’t participate to win I cannot deny that the prizes look very tempting! I will in turn let you know how it goes on Saturday and will repost the images I submitted.

And Oman Photography Club must be on a roll this year because they have recently announced yet another competition:

The Sixth Contest of Photography on the occasion of Renaissance Day.

This year’s competition theme is “The Omani City”, which was chosen to focus on the aesthetics of the modern Omani cities, including the content of buildings, roads, gardens, illuminations, and the role of human life and movement in the city and other topics that highlight the city of Oman.
The General Conditions of the Competition:

1. The competition is open to all photographers residing in the Sultanate.
2. Submitted images must be printed in a size between (8 inches) minimum for the shortest side in the picture and size (16 inches) maximum for the longest side in the picture.
3. Photographs submitted to the competition must be new and never participated in competitions and exhibitions.
4. Each participant can submit a maximum of four photos for the contest accompanied with a CD that contains the photos and a personal photograph for the purposes of official use.
5. Each participant should complete the participation form and write his name and full address and telephone number on a paper behind each image.
6. Copyrights of the winning photos will revert to the Omani Society of Fine Arts.
7. Results of the competition will be announced during the opening ceremony of the exhibition that will be held during the month of July 2011.
8. Photographs should be submitted according to the conditions mentioned to the supervisor of the Photography Club in Azaiba or branches of the Omani Society for Fine Arts in the Governorate of Dhofar and Governorate of Al Buraimi not later than Wednesday, 1st June 2011 and will not accept any submissions after this date.

Competition Awards:
First Place: R.O 700
Second Place: R.O 500
Third Place R.O 300
5 Honorable Mention Awards of R.O 100 for the award each

For more information call one of the following:
Photography Club: (968) 24497662
The Omani Society for Fine Arts in the Governorate of Dhofar: (968) 23299691
The Omani Society for Fine Arts in the Governorate of Al Buraimi: (968) 25641444

Best of luck if you decide to participate!