Students from Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) have won the top three prizes in the Qur’anic Botanic Garden’s (QBG) Ghars Photography Competition, held as part of the annual ‘Ghars’ tree planting campaign.
The competition, which is open to all university students in Qatar, is designed to showcase Qatar’s photography talent and support botanical conservation efforts in the country. The initiative was developed by QBG in conjunction with Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU), VCUQatar, and the Youth Hobbies Center of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
The QBG event aims to create an opportunity for students to appreciate and interact with Qatar’s natural landscape, and increase local knowledge about Qatar’s flora through the medium of photography.
Ms. Fatima Saleh al-Khulaifi, Project Manager, QBG, said: "QBG is delighted to see such enthusiastic participation from students across Qatar in the Ghars Photography Competition. At QBG we believe university students are the future leaders of our country and play an integral role in shaping a sustainable future for Qatar and its environment, which we all seek to protect."
In the run up to the competition, QBG provided students with a technical workshop at HBKU’s Student Center. The workshop was delivered by VCUQatar Professor George Awde, and aimed to improve and refresh the students’ photography skills, and guide and enhance their understanding of light and subject, among other photography topics.
QBG also held a presentation on a wide range of plants and trees in Qatar to assist and inspire participants with the competition’s themes of: ‘Most attractive tree/trees/landscape in Education City/flora of Qatar’; ‘The biggest and oldest trees in Qatar’; ‘Tree Components, including roots, bark, stem, leaves, and flowers’, as well as other pre-existing ‘Ghars’ initiatives in Qatar.
The award ceremony was held at HBKU Student Center recently with first prize awarded to VCUQatar student Maryam Khalil who received QR5,000; 2nd place was award to Nimrah Kabiruddin (VCUQatar) who received QR4,000; and 3rd place to Amira Khalil (VCUQatar) who received QR3,000.
On the sidelines of the awards, QBG launched a photo exhibition of the students’ work at the HBKU Student Center where 50 photographs are on display, expressing different scenes of plant life and nature in Qatar.
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