WHAT IS FOCI?

FOCI is Qatar-America Institute’s inaugural photography competition aimed at highlighting and championing the U.S.-Qatar relationship and cultural ties through the lens of creative photography.

The FOCI competition calls on photographers to enter their creative captures taken in Qatar depicting  the U.S.-Qatar four-decade-long partnership in an artistic and storytelling form.

Winners selected will take part in a US-based exhibition and gala. The first prize will consist of a $1000 gift card from B&H (a photography store). The second prize will be a $500 gift card from B&H. The 3rd – 10th places will consist of honorable mentions and be displayed on our website, as well as featured in a book.

Why “FOCI”? Foci (foh-kai) is the plural of the Latin word “focus” which means the “center of interest or activity.”

THEME

“The U.S.-Qatar Journey”

The theme chosen for QAI’s first-ever FOCI photography competition is “The U.S.-Qatar Journey.” The theme aims to celebrate the over four decades of partnership between the two nations, the many shared ties and achievements between the two communities, and the power of cross-cultural exchange.

Entries will be judged based on their creative expression of the theme as well as the entries artistic and storytelling value. Contestants should consider submitting photographs that best convey their interpretation of the theme, showcasing how both communities are more prosperous and enriched through the exchange of culture, knowledge, and resources.

The submitted photographs can depict various scenes that touch on social, healthcare, science, education, humanitarian, or environmental topics; FOCI aims to recognize inspirational and thought-provoking content uniquely focused on the U.S.-Qatar relationship and the lives touched through it.

 

HOW TO SUBMIT

Photos and interpretations must be submitted via the FOCI page on the QAI website during the eligible submission timeframe of September 16, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Any entries submitted after the deadline of 12 PM EST on December 31, 2019 will not be accepted.

After successful submission, QAI will send a confirmation email to inform contestants that their entry has been accepted.

All photographs must be taken in Qatar. Those interested and eligible must submit at least one photograph in order to participate in the competition, or up to three photographs total.

Those submitting two or three photographs should note that each submitted photograph will be judged on an individually submitted basis.

FOCI JUDGES

The following individuals were chosen to be a part of the 2019 QAI FOCI Photography Competition. They were chosen due to their experience in the field of photography, as well as their artistic achievement.

CONTEST CRITERIA

The competition is open to anyone age 18 years or older. Photograph submissions will be accepted regardless of the date the photographs were taken.

The competition is open to photojournalists, military photographers, commercial photographers, freelance and amateur photographers, and photographers who own the rights to their photography and/or are allowed to publicly distribute their work. QAI will not accept photograph submissions without the expressed permission and licensing of the owner for use in this competition.

All photographs must be taken in Qatar. Those interested and eligible must submit at least one photograph in order to participate in the competition, or up to three photographs total.

Please provide a short photo caption and describe how your submission reflects the ‘U.S.-Qatar journey’ theme. All submissions MUST be accompanied with a supporting caption of no more than 280 characters describing the respective image, (no longer than a tweet).

Contestants will also have to state approximately where submission images were taken (for example: street name, neighborhood, building, etc.) This will be separate from the 280-character caption.

All photographs must be taken in Qatar. Those interested and eligible must submit at least one photograph in order to participate in the competition, or up to three photographs total.

Judges will consider both how well the theme is captured and the technical and compositional photographic skills demonstrated in submissions. Overall, the winning position will go to the contestant who clearly and concisely conveys the theme of the competition in a creative, captivating way.

Following the closing of the submission window on December 31, submissions will be reviewed in two respective rounds. In the first round, members of the QAI FOCI Committee will review submissions and select those that meet all of the competition criteria. The top 50 eligible submissions will then be presented to a panel of judges for the final round of review. These judges will be comprised of both Qatari and American esteemed individuals stemming from various backgrounds, including culture and the arts, journalism, education, etc. These judges will then choose the winning photographs, as well as those that will be featured in the FOCI digital publication, based on the judging panel’s determination of which submissions successfully exceed the strongest combination of the theme’s interpretation and photographic quality.

Q. Is it necessary to be the citizen of USA or Qatar for participation?

A. You do not need to be a citizen of either the U.S. or Qatar. However, the submitted pictures must have been taken in Qatar.

 

 

Q. What are the competition prizes?

A. The First place winner will receive a $1000 gift card from B&H. Second place will receive a $500 gift card from B&H.

First and Second place winners will be celebrated at QAI’s annual gala, showcased in a FOCI 2019 photo-gallery, and featured in FOCI  2019  publication.

In addition, The 3rd – 10th winning submissions will receive an honorable mention and their submissions featured in the FOCI 2019 photo-gallery and publication.

 

 

Q. When will the winners be announced?

A. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2019. Selected winners will be announced shortly after in January 2020.

 

 

Q. Who are the judges?

A. FOCI judges will be announced toward the end of the competition once all entries have been vetted and accepted.

 

 

Q. What will the FOCI 2019 publication consist of?

A. The FOCI 2019 publication will highlight the panel of judges, and interview with the first and second place prize winners featuring their winning submissions. Additionally, 3rd to 10th place selected submissions will be featured as honorable mentions within the publication.

 

 

Q. Do you have any examples or sample images that give an idea of the “US-Qatar Journey” theme and what to capture?

A. The competition accepts submissions that depict the theme of “The U.S.-Qatar Journey,” and highlight the four-decade-long story between the two countries in an artistic form. Whether through capturing a landscape of the Qatari desert engulfing American artist Richard Serra’s East-West/West-East sculptures, or through a portrait of a graduating class of Qatari and American students at Qatar Foundation, photographers have the creative freedom to encapsulate Qatar and America in a photo.

Additionally, there are now live samples of approved user submissions up on the FOCI platform for reference at Qataramerica.org/FOCI

 

 

Q. Is photoshop allowed?

A. We are allowing slight edits like color and lighting corrections but nothing that blatantly alters or manipulates the original capture or distorts the image.

 

 

Q. How many photos am I allowed to submit?

A. Those interested and eligible must submit at least one photograph in order to participate in the competition, or up to three photographs total. Those submitting two or three photographs should note that each submitted photograph will be judged on an individually submitted basis.

 

 

Q. How do I know that my photo entry has been accepted into the competition?

A. You will receive an email confirmation sent to the email you provided within the entry form confirming you photo entry. If your photo has been approved for the running and falls under the FOCI submission criteria, it will be approved to appear under the user submissions section on the FOCI platform: https://qataramerica.org/foci/

*If no email address is provided, a confirmation email will not be sent.

* Photos appearing under the user submissions are not the winning entries selected but have been approved for contest entry and review by the judges.

 

 

Q. Can other entrants see my photos?

A. Photos approved by QAI to enter the competition will appear on the FOCI user submission section and featured on our website and social platforms as submission examples for other entrants.

 

 

Q. Who owns the rights to my photos?

A. You retain the rights to your photos. However, by entering the FOCI competition, you grant Qatar-America Institute the rights to use your image(s), in publications, and in future promotions of the competition itself, and for educational, research, and historical record purposes concerning FOCI, as an initiative of Qatar-America Institute. but is not limited to, slides/tapes, television film/tapes, videodisc, DVDs, CDs, websites, and any other type of mechanical, electronic, or digital dissemination system.

 

 

Q. What are the restrictions?

A. Yes, the photographs must have been taken in Qatar and fit the Contest Criteria outline on the FOCI platform. Entrant must also submit a caption outlining how their entry meets the theme of the FOCI competition. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to qualify.

 

 

Q. Do the photos have to be formatted in a specific way?

A. Digital photo files must be formatted as high-resolution JPEG images at 5000 pixels at the longest dimension at 72 dpi, using sRGB profile. Each entrant must submit a caption image in the entry form that will appear in the file’s metadata/exif caption field.

 

 

Q. What if I have further questions or trouble submitting my photograph(s)?

A. If you have further questions or face any trouble submitting your photographs, please contact foci@qataramerica.org for assistance.

 

USER SUBMISSIONS

Below are submissions from other users. If you’d like to submit your own photos, you can do so on the submission page.

“A Great Alliance of Two Places” – Lemuel Chris Celerio Sasan

Caption: Doha Skyline Where Mostly Business Happens. Its Shows How fast Growing City it is, Qatar is one of the Top Successful Cities in the World and Behind those Success it includes US-QATAR 40 Years Alliance. Helping One Another is Big impact towards Success! After all Qatar Facing Trials and Difficulties (Ups and Down) Still US shows how strong alliance they Have for Qatar. Also Shows this Picture How Amazing Doha Skyline Successful Together US-Qatar Through the Years. Long Live! Location: Museum of islamic arts of Qatar at the Back of it. You found a Coffee shop. Date: 10/17

Lighting KAWS – Melanie Sandicho

Caption: The picture shows that even in our darkest hour there’s always someone at our side to give us an opportunity to have the courage to face the world. Location: Fire Station Date: 11/19

SOUQ – Aser

Caption: First place to go for a travelling people in qatar, buy stuff and love the place and the ambiance is just perfect! Location: Corniche road SOUQ Date: 02/19

Sunset at Al Wakra – Jishnu

Caption: Al Wakra Beach Location: Wakra Date: 08/19

The gold time – Leonardo Reyes

Caption: I shot this photo in one of my favoriteplace in Doha The”Souq Waqif” in particular one small corner the light coming from the roof for small window making a particular light mixing with the dark place .But when I saw the gentleman looking the gold store . I say my self “I can not miss this moment” Location: Doha Date: 12/16

28th Tower – Aroos mohammed mohammed musharrif

Caption: 28th tower Location: Pear Qatar Date: 11/19

Traval picture – Aroos mohammed mohammed musharrif

Caption: Evening click Location: Dafna Date: 11/19

East Meets West – Tracy Kassandra Castro

Caption: A culturally-diverse group of international students, some of who are American, hike the desert towards Zekreet near the East-West sculpture. Location: Brouq nature reserve Date: 11/19

ninocoy – Franconino Pepino

Caption: blue hours for stronger relationship qatar american Location: souq waqif doha qatar Date: 10/14

KAWS & Effect – Knowell C’zar Batao

Caption: KAWS from the US, shared his exhibit with Qatar. Two countries coinciding thru artistic measures. Location: Doha Fire Station Date: 10/19

Limitless – Knowell C’zar Batao

Caption: KAWS wall art breaking free from the limitations set by society. Location: Doha Fire Station Date: 10/19

The Foundation – Karen Joyce Dungo

Caption: Nothing can beat a strong foundation Location: Katara Date: 11/18

Qatari traditional Chandelier – Mark Vinshon Santos

Caption: I might not be the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but I’m pretty good at getting most of the other bulbs to light up. Location: Souq Wakif of Art Date: 08/19

Rays of hope – Tamim Ahmad Baba

Caption: They dance with flare, as the sun smiles on the US – Qatar relationship build on security, stability and mutual respect. A journey worth celebrating. Location: Souq Waqif Date: 01/19

coffee lover – maricris cantalejo paaño

Caption: a Feast of coffee is in the city of Doha! I love how all of the coffe cups recycled to make like this design. Once a coffee lover always a coffee lover. Location: Doha Date: 02/19

Rendezvous at dawn between culture and art – Mohamad Salim Nasri

Caption: Rendezvous at dawn between culture and art; through time art remains the highest form of flourishing cultural mingling. Location: MIA Park Date: 11/19

Dine with Qatar – Rezwin Farhan

Caption: Cafe which reflects the taste and ambience to beauty of Qatar Location: Corniche Date: 09/19

He Eats Alone – Not – Noman Quadri

Caption: Holiday – a sculpture by international art wizard Brian Donnelly a.k.a KAWS caused a frenzy amongst Qatari nationals and residents alike when it was installed in the center of the Corniche – the heart of Doha. The enthusiasm and joy at this site is an enlightening example of how art can transcend borders and unite two very contrasting cultures. This American masterpiece that is hailed all across the world for a powerful message of peace and calm during all times has been personally endorsed and advertised by the royal family in Doha and is the brainchild of Her Highness Sheikha Mayassa B.H. Al Thani, serving as a prime example of U.S – Qatar relations in every aspect. Location: Dhow Harbour at the Doha Corniche Date: 11/19

Perceval by Sarah Lucas-A slice of british culture – Anzar Abdul Aziz

Caption: Perceval is a bronze sculpture of a shire horse. At 2.3 meters tall by 4 meters long, it is life-size. The horse leads a cart containing giant marrows, cast in cement to contrast with the finish of the painted bronze.It reflects the U.S.-Qatar Journey theme. Location: Aspire park Date: 09/19

Corniche walk – Harendra nishshanka

Caption: Doha city view from corniche Location: Corniche Doha Date: 03/19

– Nina Znidersic

Caption: Couple from U.S. on the edge of Qatary Desert Location: Qatar desert Date: 06/18

keeping culture for modernization – renchel serisola

Caption: the pictures shows how Qatar keep the culture and tradition while moving forward on a fast pace modernization and development of the country.keeping up in todays technology and system, but still looking back on where it all came from and where it all started. Location: museum of islamic art Date: 11/19

HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT – SHABEER KARUTHEDATH

Caption: HIA QATAR THE LATEST GATEWAY OF QATAR AND AMERICAN JOURNEY Location: HAMAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Date: 04/19

KAWS INSTALLATION – SHABEER KARUTHEDATH

Caption: KAWS THE INSTALLATION OF US BORN ARTIST BRIAN DONNELLY Location: DOHA CORNESH Date: 11/19

Robert Cernat – Robert Cernat

Caption: Passion Location: Corniche Date: 09/19

Robert Cernat – Robert Cernat

Caption: Behind every photo there’s a story Location: Doha/ Corniche/ Islamic museum (MIA) Date: 10/19

Past future and present – Abdul Saleem

Caption: This picture taken from Helicopter, i this picture we can see the past future and present, As the dhows represents the past, The helicopter represents the future and the skyline of Doha represents the presents (as my view) Location: Doha Cornich shot from Helicopter Date: 01/17

ninicoy – Franconino Pepino

Caption: traditional boat of qatar with modern building of qatar for stronger relationship qatar america Location: qatar islamic museum doha qatar Date: 07/15

Unity through Music – Karasinghe Arachchige Hashan Chandrasekara

Caption: Just imagine you hear great American country songs in blooming Qatar while enjoying delicious Qatari Foods! Indeed, you must feel you are at the top of the world. This snap was taken during the Qatar International Food Festival 2018. It was a mesmerizing evening with the AFCENT band, as they rocked the crowd with their popular American rock-n-roll classics. It was an epic day because the audience did not consist of distinguished Qatar citizens but all the other nationalities as well. This event can be considered as the best example to prove how American Music help to share unity, prosperity, and happiness among the other countries. Location: Hotel Park Doha Date: 03/18

Doha Dhow Port – Deborah Middleton

Caption: Near downtown Doha, Qatar, Dhows are moored near the shore, all proudly flying the Qatar national flag. Just as Americans fly the stars and stripes from their boats Location: Souq Waqif/Corniche Date: 08/18

Pharoah-Eagle Owl Up Close – Deborah Middleton

Caption: The striking orange eyes of the Pharoah-Eagle Owl (Bubo ascalaphus) bring a feeling of beauty and wisdom. The name of this Arabic owl, native to Qatar, is in itself a symbol of the US-Qatar relationship. With the US national bird being the eagle. Location: Doha, Qatar Date: 12/18

Equestrian Patrol – Deborah Middleton

Caption: Two men patrolling Souq Waqif in Doha on horseback. The imagery of horseback riding sheriffs brings to mind the US cowboys and the Wild West. The Arabic men in their thobes brings us back to the Middle East. Location: Souq Waqif Date: 03/19

Souq waqif – Anil kumar

Caption: Beautiful night view from souq waqif Location: Souq waqif Date: 04/19

Aspire view – Anil kumar

Caption: Photo taken with sony alpha 6000, the stunning view of tourch tower in a scenic landscape view Location: Aspire park Date: 06/19

Overjoy – Joel Pertez

Caption: It’s the Journey not the destination. US – Qatar Relationship and cultural ties goes through a four decade of harmonious, prosperous and enriched relationship between the two communities. Just like the Water well, with its’ gentle waters and purity a never ending flow of blessings and prosperity, over flowing with joy, peace, happiness and love towards one another. Location: Souq Waqif Date: 01/19

CAMP ON THE SHORE – Lani

Caption: Al Zubarah Fort is a historic Qatari Military Fortress built in 1938 about 105 kms from Doha the capital of Qatar. Location: Northwestern coast of the Qatar Peninsula Date: 05/19

A dream – Ahmed Abdel Hamid Shaaban

Caption: People from US always visit this place Location: Souq Waqif Date: 10/19

Look up! Msheireb Downtown! – Kimberley John Reyes

Caption: Here is my photograph that was taken at Msheireb Downtown Doha during the last Eid al-Adha. I had to wake up earlier than usual to capture the surroundings during its golden hour. Since this is my first time exploring this part of Doha, I decided to read a little bit of the place. Msheireb Downtown was designed by leading architects, city planners, and engineers to which many of them are from the US. This depicts a strong trust of Qatar to the American construction designers in which the project features sustainable designs that comply with the Global Sustainability Assessment System and will produce less waste and significantly reduce the carbon footprint. This mega project, in my opinion, will also become a symbol of the Qatar-US cultural ties that will remain unwavering for many generations to come. Location: Msheireb Downtown Doha Date: 08/19

Parched Pigeons – Kimberley John Reyes

Caption: Parched pigeons drinking thirstily from the old well fountain at the iconic landmark in Souq Waqif. This popular landmark in Doha is probably as old if not older as the Qatar-US four-decade-long partnership. A partnership that helped set the standard to what Qatar has become in the present and will continue to flourish incessantly. Location: Old Well Fountain Souq Waqif Date: 05/19

The Standing Market – Kimberley John Reyes

Caption: Souq Waqif means “The Standing Market.” There’s something about this place that I couldn’t get enough of. Perhaps it’s the architecture and its vibrant tone. Or maybe the diverse people from all walks of life. I guess both. In this particular photo in one of the alleyways of Souq, I encountered a handful of American tourists flocking at souvenir shops hoping to buy a handful of meaningful merchandise to bring back to their loved ones at home. Location: Souq Waqif Date: 05/19

Food – Aamir Abbas

Caption: Building Qatar into a great nation by arranging Food Festival of various cultural food for the people. Location: Oxygen Park- Qatar Date: 03/19

Mahjid – Basant

Caption: Salam walekum Location: Doha Date: 12/01

Natural – Basant

Caption: Namste Location: Doha Date: 03/26

Every sunset is an opportunity to reset – Nishan Ravi

Caption: Every sunset is an opportunity to reset Location: MIA park qatar Date: 05/17

Long exposure photography – Riyaju din miya

Caption: The new National Museum of Qatar gives voice to the unique story of Qatar and its people from earliest times to the present day and onwards … Location: Qatar national museum Date: 10/19

Being in the desert was brilliant and it was hard 👣 – Muhammed Imtiaz – MohammedImtiazulHaque

Caption: This photo shows how the qatari people walked alone in desert and after that how people civilized them for the future having support America Location: Sealine Beach Date: 10/19

dunes at mesaieed – muhamed yasar

Caption: Qatar mesaieed sand dunes is a better place for desert safari. very nice location with sea shore. Location: mesaieed Date: 04/09

Culture – Aamir Abbas

Caption: Building Qatar into a great nation through culture to make strong ties between two great countries… Location: Katara Date: 03/19

Season – Aamir Abbas

Caption: Building Qatar into a great nation through education platform between two great countries. Location: Education City-Oxygen Park Date: 03/19

Let the beauty of what you love be what you do👣-Muhammedimtiaz – MohammedImtiazulHaque

Caption: This photo reflects the door between qatar and america , the gate of love , how they supported each other always and came so much ahead Location: Crescent park, Lusail Date: 10/19

Night life in Doha – Muhammedimtiaz – MohammedImtiazulHaque

Caption: This photo reflects the modern life of qatar & the skyscrapers of qatar related and similar to America Location: Corniche Doha Date: 08/19

When sun rises – Faiz koyassan kath

Caption: Building Qatar into a great nation… The strong ties between two great countries… Location: Musheirib Down town Date: 02/18

Travellers dream – Faiz koyassan kath

Caption: The ocean is where all the trade and alliances began… The first trade route of all countries… Location: Museum of Islamic art Date: 05/16

Harmony – Charles Frank L. Caramihan

Caption: The image depicts the iconic 7 sculpture by American artist and sculptor Richard Serra which is complemented by the seemingly joyful date palm trees. Date palm trees, being one of Qatar’s national product, are planted to the path leading to the 7 sculpture. Additionally, a silhouette of two individuals portraying the harmonious relationship with each other is included in the image symbolizing the amicable relationship between Qatar and America. Location: Museum of Islamic Art Park, in Doha, Qatar Date: 10/19

– Fadi Algizouli Mohamed adam

Caption: Qatar national day Location: Qatar Date: 12/18

Secret Garden – Latifa Abdulla Mohammed Mubarak Al-Darwish

Caption: Wondering around the organically grown neighborhood, where planning roads and lands was newly introduced, one could come across houses that has a life of their own. Surprising and authentic are theses neighborhoods, and so is the nature of analog photography. This photo is about discovering a secret garden, just like Mary in the British born American novelist Fraces Hodgson Burnett novel The Secret Garden. Location: Al-Wakra Date: 01/16

Jassim – Latifa Abdulla Mohammed Mubarak Al-Darwish

Caption: The organic feel of the unplanned moment, unplanned flare, and surprising outcome is what makes analog photography unique. There is a missing sense of authenticity in today’s digital world. Or it might be just nostalgia. The nostalgic sense is represented in the school bus that has a universal value in many countries around the world reminding them of school busses. Location: Al-Wakra Date: 01/16

– Sara ibrahim alhashemi

Caption: We breath the same air Location: corniche doha Date: 03/19

air view of qatar – Madasamy periyasamy

Caption: 1992, Qatar has built intimate military ties with the United States, Bilateral relations are strong, with the United States and Qatar. Location: Near MIA park, cornice Qatar Date: 12/18

Pearl qatar – Madasamy periyasamy

Caption: Two towers to be like two sides enjoy a long-standing and multi-faceted military relationship based on shared goals: combat terrorism, promote regional security and stability, and combat criminal threats in the Gulf. Location: Entrance of pearl Date: 10/17

– Madasamy periyasamy

Caption: Qatar and US journey is like pearl with beautiful sky… Location: ABRAJ TOWER, PEARL QATAR Date: 07/19

Spiral Tower – Fanar – Jeffrey Marquez

Caption: Fanar – Qatar Islamic Cultural Center also known as Abdullah Bin Zaid Al Mahmoud Islamic Cultural Center is is an iconic building situated near Souq Waqif. This photo reflects ‘The US -Qatar Journey’ theme because of building’s architectural design. It has a very strong look outside but very cultural and full of knowledge inside. The same goes to US – Qatar relationship. Their journey together for how many years made their relationship stronger by showing respect and accepting each others’ cultural differences. Location: Doha, Qatar Date: 01/18

Museum of Islamic Art – Jeffrey Marquez

Caption: Museum of Islamic Art is one of the famous landmarks in Doha and a must visit place in Town. This photo reflects ‘The US-Qatar Journey’ theme because of the purple sun set which you usually spot in the afternoon from MIA Park. The color purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power and ambition which I personally believe that these 2 countries have in common. Location: Doha, Qatar Date: 09/19

Alone in Doha – Etibar Jafarov

Caption: Travelling alone Location: doha Date: 06/19

Doha creek – Althaf Nazeer

Caption: Before petroleum Gas and petrol or even tourism, it was fishing that made the fortune for this pearl of country. So the vessels and creek has its own identity Location: Doha corniche creek Date: 08/19

One day in Qatar – Etibar Jafarov

Caption: it was one day in qatar today Location: from islamic museum Date: 05/19

Life – Balakrishna Mudde

Caption: The Life starts here Location: Sealine Beach Date: 04/17

Museum of Islamic Art – Minas Stratigos

Caption: A long exposure fine art image to capture the time in a still image. Location: Museum Of Islamic Art Date: 03/18

Palace – Minas Stratigos

Caption: A long exposure fine art image to capture the time in a still image. Location: Al Rayyan Palace, Doha, Qatar Date: 03/18

Doha Skyline – Minas Stratigos

Caption: A long exposure fine art image to capture the time in a still image demonstrating the vast development of Doha’s skyline. Location: Doha Corniche Date: 03/16

Dusty Desert – W.A.S.G. Chathuranga

Caption: If you find yourself living in Doha then seeing a Camel race is an opportunity that you shouldn’t miss. Although you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the smell especially if you’re very close to the racing camels and oh yea, did I mention that the winning camel could demand as much as 10 million Qatari riyals plus a grand prize of another 10 million Qatari riyals as a winner during the race in February. Camel racing is one of the most prestigious events for the locals. The race track is approximately 10 kilometers long. The camel owners in theirs 4x4s drive parallelly along the race track to control the camel with a remote controlled whip. Honking is another tactic used to race the camel. The race roughly lasts for about 11-13 minutes. This is probably the only track race in the world where you’re not a sitting spectator, you can drive along the race track behind the 4x4s of the remote controlling jockeys. Races took place in an interval of 5-10 minutes after completion of the previous race. These racing camels are well fed and groomed to be fit for the race. The camels foam at their mouth to prevent overheating of their bodies. You can get up close to the camels and their handlers to click interesting pictures. This is one of the must go events if you’re in Qatar unless you regret it later if you don’t, there are some of my random clicks,cheers! Location: Al […]

The race – W.A.S.G. Chathuranga

Caption: Camel Racing – Al Shahaniya Racetrack If you find yourself living in Doha then seeing a Camel race is an opportunity that you shouldn’t miss. Although you might feel a bit overwhelmed by the smell especially if you’re very close to the racing camels and oh yea, did I mention that the winning camel could demand as much as 10 million Qatari riyals plus a grand prize of another 10 million Qatari riyals as a winner during the race in February. Camel racing is one of the most prestigious events for the locals. The race track is approximately 10 kilometers long. The camel owners in theirs 4x4s drive parallelly along the race track to control the camel with a remote controlled whip. Honking is another tactic used to race the camel. The race roughly lasts for about 11-13 minutes. This is probably the only track race in the world where you’re not a sitting spectator, you can drive along the race track behind the 4x4s of the remote controlling jockeys. Races took place in an interval of 5-10 minutes after completion of the previous race. These racing camels are well fed and groomed to be fit for the race. The camels foam at their mouth to prevent overheating of their bodies. You can get up close to the camels and their handlers to click interesting pictures. This is one of the must go events if you’re in Qatar unless you regret it later if you don’t, Location: Al Shahaniya […]

Museum of Islamic Art – Pinu Rahman

Caption: A museum located on one end of the seven kilometers long Corniche in the Qatari capital, Doha. Per the architect I. M. Pei’s specifications, the museum is built on an island off an artificial projecting peninsula near the traditional dhow harbor Location: doha Date: 04/19

Sunset Sunrise – Ana May Dominique Mamhot de Dios

Caption: The photo signifies the setting of the sun in Qatar and the rising of the Sun in the US. It tells the story of a great natural balance. A natural phenomenon, not only scientific but also politically. A great partnership-opportunity taking place of two different worlds. Location: Katara Beach Date: 02/18

Souq Waqif – Elmer B. Anchorez

Caption: Unity Photo Location: Souq Waqif Doha Qatar Date: 12/18

Pigeon Games – Gary O’Connor

Caption: Children all over the world love to play Location: Souq Waqif Date: 12/16

The Souq Light – Gary O’Connor

Caption: The light that shines through the narrow alleys of Souq Waqif, is the same light that shines down on every nation in the world, we are all connected by the light. Location: Souq Waqif Date: 10/13

Shamnas – Shamnas sulaiman pilakkattu meethal

Caption: A walk to remember Location: Doha Date: 07/19

Keep move on – Shamnas sulaiman pilakkattu meethal

Caption: Qatar rocks Location: Shamal beach Date: 05/19

Museum Of Islamic Art – James Ngai Msuya

Caption: Museum of Islamic Art is another attractive site visited by US residents who visit Qatar, now that Qatar Airways has flights to over 20 states in the US hence increasing the number of tourists who visit Qatar. Ties between the US and Qatar have been strengthened since they both embrace multi-culture relations and diversity Location: MIA Park, Doha Date: 03/19

National Museum Of Qatar – James Ngai Msuya

Caption: Qatar Museum has been one of the most attractive sites for US residents who visit Qatar, now that Qatar Airways has flights to over 20 states in the US hence increasing the number of tourists who visit Qatar. Ties between the US and Qatar have been strengthened since they both embrace multi-culture relations and diversity Location: Museum Park Street, Doha Date: 04/19

dafna skyline – selim bahri

Caption: i try to find the best angle and take a silent shot like this morning … Location: dafna qatar Date: 12/16

Souk wagef – Ghrissi Abdallah

Caption: This photo of Souk Waqif Make you know the original ofthis place and traditional place Verry nice place Location: Souk Waqif Date: 07/19

A Beautiful Reflection in Souq Waqif – Selim Bahri

Caption: I tried to capture the reflection of the beautiful sunrise on the small cabin and this is the shot I’ve got … Location: Souq Waqif Date: 01/17

Father and Son’s Game – Jusyl Santos

Caption: The relationship between US and Qatar is like the father and son relationship. Love is the fuel between the two. And no matter what happens, the father is always there for his son. Location: Lusail City Doha Qatar Date: 11/18

Light & Symmetry – Michael

Caption: Museum of Islamic Art Location: MIA Date: 08/19

MIA QATAR – James Ngai Msuya

Caption: Museum of Islamic Art is another attractive site visited by US residents who visit Qatar, now that Qatar Airways has flights to over 20 states in the US hence increasing the number of tourists who visit Qatar. Ties between the US and Qatar have been strengthened since they both embrace multi-culture relations and diversity Location: MIA Park, Doha Date: 03/19

Rainy Morning – Selim Bahri

Caption: I was always inspired by the U.S. skylines so I decided to take some pictures of the Qatari skyline and this is the results. Location: Dafna, West Bay Date: 12/16


The 2019 FOCI Photography Competition is made possible thanks to the sponsorship of the Qatar National Tourism Council.