Don’t miss this event in Doha: My Father’s House

February 21, 2010 at 1:00 pm (competition, doha events, photography, Qatari culture)

Doha 24 Feb to 16 March 2010

My Father’s House is a major new British Council photographic project that is touring the Middle East until March 2010 to ask us: How do we see where we live?

It uses architecture as a motif to explore the role and value of cultural heritage in defining cultural identity and aims to stimulate debate on the role buildings play in shaping a nation’s culture.

Activities encourage us to take a fresh look at our surroundings, the impact they have on our culture and environment and how we value our cultural heritage.

My Father’s House is part of our work to show the value of cultural relations in raising awareness, building understanding, creating opportunities and improving trust between countries of the Middle East and the UK.


A public photographic exhibition forms the centrepiece of a range of wraparound activities designed to engage a wide audience with the themes raised by My Father’s House.  The exhibition includes specially-commissioned pieces and features work by five emerging Middle East artists and three UK photographers – including winner of the World Press Photo of the Year 2007, Tim Hetherington. Exhibits include large-scale photography, audio-visual presentations and film to look at how the built environment reflects the people, the community, society and the nations of the Middle East.

The photographers are: Wed Abduljawad, Hafiz Ali, Boushra Almutawakil, Lamya Gargash, Camille Zakharia, Tim Hetherington, Tim Loveless and Hazel Thompson. Inspiration for their works comes from the oral-tradition of story-telling, cinema, households, changing landscapes, archaeological and restoration projects and the role of women in shaping their societies.


These include an online photography competition, photographic treasure hunts for families, workshops for emerging and professional photographers, artists’ talks, seminars, a regional conference, an education pack and events for schools and colleges.

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Are You Interested in Photography?

August 25, 2009 at 1:27 pm (competition, photography)

Glimpses: Photography Project

The success of the two volumes in the Qatar Narratives series demonstrates that there is a lively and active literary community in Qatar. There are also readers who hope to engage in thinking about local themes and subjects as they impact their lives directly. The GLIMPSES project is an expansion on the previous essay anthologies to include photography as a means of expressing one’s views on society and culture. The photo essay will allow contributors to compose a series of images dealing with the theme of change in Qatar; either how life was in the past, how life is now, or a contrast of both, as found in the QATAR: THEN AND NOW volume .

Submissions are open!

• About the Project:

Accepted work will be published in a coffee table book in November 2009 and each contributor will receive two complimentary copies as compensation. At this time there is no monetary compensation for writers. Priority will be given to previously-unpublished work and copyrights revert to author after publication. Any photograph selected will include a photographer credit.

Mission Goal:

– The goal of this project is to initiate a dialogue and exchange between communities around the issue of change in Qatar. It also aims to raise awareness of the rapid change.

– Artists are meant to capture their own personal interpretation of change. This project is designed as a space for artists and readers to interact around the theme. Each artist could choose his/her own theme of change; thus all photos submitted should be in harmony.

• Theme:

This theme is of particular importance as the country continues to grow, expand, and develop on a rapid pace. The theme is inspired by the book “Qatar Narratives: Then and Now”. It is about showing the difference or change in Qatar between the past and the present. Both men and women’s perspectives on the incredible pace of change taking place in Qatar should be represented. The book is available at : .

Project Details:

A short essay of 200 words should be written next to each photo. The essay could be a poem, description or anything the artist feels that it expresses what’s in the photo. If the Artist does not know what to write, the editor could help.

Suggested Themes:

▫ People: faces, profiles, dress

▫ Objects: architecture, household objects, jewelry

▫ Landscape: city, desert, sea

There must be a unity between the 5 images although they do not all necessarily have to be of one category.

• Submissions Guidelines:

Minimum photos submitted are 5

File and must be in .jpeg or .tiff format.

High-quality scans of non-digital photographs are acceptable. Digital photographs should be taken at the highest resolution possible 10-12 megapixels.

Finalists will be asked to submit their photos on CD.

• Deadline:

Please be sure to include the biography attached with your work. Please note that a submission is not considered complete if it does not include with biography.

– Email submissions by September 15and the final copies will be submitted by CD

All work should be submitted to :

For more information, and a sample of the participants pictures check out the Facbook group :

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