Abu Dhabi: One of the most anticipated and rated photography contests in the region is all set for the next round of competitions as Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation (KIADPAI) has begun accepting applications for the 2023 ‘Date Palm International Photography’ Competition.
Professional, Amateur Photographers as well as Photography enthusiasts from across the globe are expected to take part in the international competition which is held in appreciation of the date palm tree and to enhance the role of photographers in enriching its memory, as well as reviving its environmental heritage.
The Award’s General Secretariat has also opened candidature for the ‘Date Palm International Poetry’ Competition where poets from all Arab countries are invited to participate in this international competition.
The context will be accepting Arabic poetry in both dialects (Nabati and El Fasih), to direct the public’s awareness on the significance of the date palm tree in terms of heritage, agriculture, food and economy.
In a press statement released by the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation, Dr. Abdelouahhab Zaid, Secretary-General of KIADPAI highlighted the immense success achieved in the past sessions, reflected in the significant increase in the number of participants from around the world and the quality of the participations received.
“The two competitions come under the directives of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, Chairman of the Award’s Board of Trustees, aiming to help strengthen the human relationship with the date palm tree, where this reflects his unlimited support for the blessed tree by employing the art of photography, and Arabic poetry to develop public awareness of the importance of the date palm tree, and creating a space for the exchange of cultures from across the world.” – Dr.Abdelouahhab Zaid shared about the competitions.
The KIADPAI Official further added that the “Date Palm International Photography” competition consists of two categories, mainly the Date Palm and Date Palm Handicrafts categories, while the “Date Palm International Poetry” competition comprises “El Fasih” poetry and “Nabati” poetry.
Winners securing the 1st Place in each category will be awarded with an amount of $4,084 (AED15,000). Whereas, the 2nd and 3rd Place winners will bag $2,722.57 (AED10,000) and $1,361.29 (AED5,000) respectively. Winners will also be presented with an Appreciation Certificate and a Trophy.
The deadline set for receiving both Photos and Poems is 31st of December 2022. The submissions will be evaluated by an international committee of experts in photography and poetry.
The winners of the competitions will be announced in February, 2023.