Tuesday, 12 February 2013

QMA, QA name winner of photo contest

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK

DOHA QATAR Museums Authority, Qatar Airways and the Orientalist Museum have announced the winner of ‘The Art of Travel’ Instagram contest.

A resident Mohamed Ihab is the winner of two round-trip flights to any of Qatar Airways’ over 120 destinations. His Instagram photo beat over 6,000 entries and was voted most popular by the public.

Inspired by ‘The Art of Travel’ exhibition at Alriwaq Doha, the competition asked people to upload their best travel pictures and add the #ArtOfTravel hashtag. Over 6000 entries were received from around the world, narrowed down to 68 finalists, and opened to the public for voting.

The winning photo featured a cat looking up at the West Bay skyline from MIA Park.

Although it won over the international audience, Mohamed explained that his wife was initially skeptical about the image. “She was making fun of me for lying on the grass just to take a photo of a cat that is not even looking toward us. She started to change her mind about the photo once she saw it, and even more after it was picked to enter the contest.” Ihab visited ‘The Art of Travel’ exhibition to meet members of the Orientalist Museum and representatives from Qatar Airways. The exhibition is open until February 11 and introduces visitors to the story of Bartholomäus Schachman – a Polish mayor who travelled throughout the Ottoman Empire during its peak. Over 100 watercolour miniatures painted during his travels take visitors on a journey through 16th century Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, highlighting the people, places and customs he encountered.

Curated by Dr Olga Nefedova, director of the Orientalist Museum, ‘The Art of Travel’ exhibition illustrates the importance of European- Ottoman relations throughout the 16th century. An expanded and reimagined version of the original Polish exhibition, ‘The Art of Travel: Bartholomäus Schachman (1559-1614)’ takes visitors on an epic journey back in time.

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