PSO brings awards home anew

salim-alobaidani-O10_alnaseeg-makerBy Mai Al Abria — For a photographer, winning a contest is not just about the prestige. It’s primarily about one’s creative talent getting recognised not only by their peers and other experts of the craft but the community as well. To gain global attention is a validation not only of one’s hard work but also the dedication, the time and the effort in honing the photographic creative skills of a person.
In a sea of beautiful images, one challenge many photographers face is how they will stand out. It is for this reason that crowdsourcing and joining groups are important — to gain feedback, to have an exchange of ideas, to share tricks of the trade but most importantly to cheer each other to attain one’s full potential. Finding one’s voice — finding one’s signature — is as important as knowing the proper camera settings or the proper gear to use for a specific genre of photography.
The Photographic Society of Oman (PSO) of the Sultan Qaboos Center for Culture and Science has won three awards at the 27th Biennale of Color Photography in Norway, organised by the International haitham-Alfarsi-O01_souq-nizwaFederation of Photographic Arts (FIAP), a biennial competition between member states held every two years.
The biennale is divided into two parts: printed colour photos in which each country participates with 10 pictures for 10 photographers in the same theme. The other section is dedicated to digital images.
Each country provides 20 photographs of the same subject, so that each photographer does not participate with more than two pictures.
The Sultanate won the Honorary Award at the 27th Biennale of FIAP for printed colour collection entitled “Moments of Beauty” where it received 164 points. Norway won the bronze medal with 165 points, Spain won the silver medal with 176 points, while Luxembourg won the gold medal by 180 points.
The FIAP Cup went to Italy, with 181 points.
In the printed coloured photos, the Sultanate was represented by photographers Ahmed al Touqi, Ahmed al Mahrooqi, Hamad al Busaidi, Ismail al Farsi, Majid al Ameri, Majid al Jahwari, Moosa al Ruzaiqi, Mohsen al Hinaei, Salem al Busaidi and Salem al salim-alhusaini-O08_old-man-2Hussaini.
The Sultanate won the bronze medal for the photo collection “People’s Life in Oman” in the digital coloured photos section. The Sultanate won 169 points in total, while Ireland won the silver medal with 170 points, England won the gold medal with 180 points and the Cup went to Russia with 181 points.
On the individual level, the photographer Ahmed bin Mohammed al Touqi received the silver medal for his photo titled “A Face from Oman”.
Under this section, the Sultanate was represented by Haitham al Farsi, Majid al Ameri, Salem al Busaidi, Zaher al Sitabi, Ismail al Farsi, Ayman al Balushi, Salem al Hussaini, Qais al Hajri, Salem al Obaidani, Haitham al Shanfari, Khamis al Ghafri, Ahmed al Adhali, Ahmed al Tooqi, Moosa al Hajri, and Faisal al Zadjali.