Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Mansoor Bin Mohammed Photography Award

The Award in its second edition aims at run the largest photographic campaign within the UAE through encouraging professional and talented photographers to take pictures, collect and document all forms of life in the civil society of the UAE in the cities, villages and different parts of the country.

Award Categories:
Main Category (Emirates Neighborhoods):
The main theme focus of the ‘Furjan Al Emarat’ campaign is to highlight the details of UAE neighborhoods. All applicants who wish to apply for the main category they shall provide sequential snapshots (portfolio) which should include an accurate description of the urban areas where they lived or their environmental surroundings such as cities, villages, houses, buildings or network of corridors as well as sidewalks, roads and other landmarks. The photographs should be submitted as a package to give an accurate impression to the viewer about the nature of the place, home of the photographer.

The sub-categories of the Award will also focus on the neighborhood with a difference that photos shall be submitted individually and each photo shall include a single image for each category of the five categories:
1. Districts
2. Houses
3. Roads
4. Fields
5. Landmarks

Contest Awards:
Main Category Awards:
First-place : AED 35,000/-
Second-place : AED 30,000/-
Third-place : AED 25,000/-
Fourth-place : AED 20,000/-
Fifth-place : AED 15,000/-

Sup-categories Awards:
1. Districts : First-place (AED 10,000) , Second-place (AED 5,000)
2. Houses : First-place (AED 10,000) , Second-place (AED 5,000)
3. Roads : First-place (AED 10,000) , Second-place (AED 5,000)
4. Fields : First-place (AED 10,000) , Second-place (AED 5,000)
5. Landmarks : First-place (AED 10,000) , Second-place (AED 5,000)

Terms and conditions:
1. Applicants shall be either from UAE nationality or UAE residents.
2. Photographs shall be taken within the UAE with an accurate description of the location and the date of the photo.
3. Image format: JPEG with a minimum resolution 300 dpi.
4. Photographs shall not have been applied in the previous year of the Award or any other awards.
5. The applicant undertakes ownership of the photos submitted, and not to grant rights to any other party.
6. The applicant shall have full responsibility for any legal accountability to the images.
7. The applicant is not authorized to withdraw any applied documents as long as they were submitted.
8. The Award is authorized to use and disseminate the applicants’ works as well as display them in the Award’s events with retaining the right moral.
9. The applicant may subscribe with more than one photo and less than 10 photos in the main category, and not more than a photo of each sup-category.

How to apply:
1. Applying online by signing up for a new account on the Award website (
2. Activating the account through e-mail.
3. In case of applying online, materials shall be uploaded directly from the registered account, however in case of hand-delivered materials, they shall be submitted as CDs with the required documents to the headquarters of the Award in the Emirate of Dubai (Business Center Tower, Office 2101 A, Dubai Media City, UAE, Tel: +971501000323).
4. The Award will start receiving applications from January 15th, 2011 till April 15th, 2011.
Best to all,
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi

Saturday, February 5, 2011

UAE; A Work of Art

UAE; A Work of Art
Summer 2011
June 7 - August 31 *TBC*


An exhibition dedicated to present works of art by Emirati artists representing their home, the United Arab Emirates.

The United Arab Emirates is a country with a rich history and a great present. This exhibition is brought to you by the youth of this country. The presented works of art will be representations of the UAE from their viewpoint; a representation of what is home to them and what intrigues them. Each artist will use his/her unique form of expression to deliver their perspective of their home country. The end result; a collection of beautiful imagery and color reflecting the United Arab Emirates in the eyes of its people.

Complimenting this exhibition, information sessions will be held at The Ara Gallery during the period of the exhibition focused on overall Emirati cultural awareness and understanding. These sessions will be aimed at familiarizing tourists and expatriates with our traditions, culture, and overall lifestyle in the past and present. Coupled with the artwork displayed, guests will be able to truly experience the Emirati culture through the unified language of art and through talks and discussions on the people of the UAE and their culture.

Participating artists can take an active part in this initiative by attending some of the sessions and meeting with guests personally, thereby allowing for a dynamic exchange of thoughts, knowledge, and awareness.

Are you an Emirati artist with work that represents your view of the UAE?

Are you an Emirati artist who feels inspired to create original pieces of art which reflect this exhibition’s concept?

Please contact or send submissions to if you are interested in taking part in this upcoming exhibition.

Terms & Conditions:

kind regards,
Sumayyah Al Suwaidi

Home Workspace / Ashkal Alwan

Please find the link below to Ashkal Alwan's open call for the Home Workspace Program, and please circulate as you deem convenient, They are specifically targeting participants from Sharjah and around:

Sumayyah Al Suwaidi