Sultanate wins gold medal at global photo fest

Durban: The Sultanate, represented by the Photographic Society of Oman (PSO), was crowned with the gold medal at the 19th Biennial of Nature Photography 2018 and the honorary award at the 34th Biennale of Black and White Prints organised on the sidelines of the Congress of the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP) in Durban, South Africa. Russia topped the World Cup in digital photography with a total of 248 points, the Sultanate won the gold medal for 232 points, followed by silver medallist Saudi Arabia with 221 points, and bronze medallist South Africa with 205 points. The Sultanate took part in the printed photo exhibition in the Nature Biennale with 10 works on turtle theme. It ranked eleventh at the country level. Photographer Ismail bin Abdullah al Farsi won the individual level. More than 53 countries are taking part in FIAP congress from August 11 to 17, which is being held in Durban. The Oman delegation included Sayyid Ibrahim bin Said al Busaidi representative of the Sultanate in FIAP, Ahmed bin Abdullah al Busaidi, Director of Photographic Society of Oman. — ONA