Honoring the Sponsors
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Natural Heritage, sponsored the opening ceremony of the first Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum, organized by the SCTH, at Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center. His Highness gave a speech in which he stressed that the Kingdom enjoyed distinguished sites that needed to be captured and highlighted through photography. He added that the forum was a series of activities sponsored by the SCTH to ensure its citizens fully enjoyed the cultural highlights of his country.
The Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum honored the sponsors and business partners who supported the forum and helped to achieve the principle of partnership and integration between the public and private sectors in support of national tourism.Honoring the Winners of the Prince Sultan Award
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the SCTH, honored the winners of Prince Sultan Photography Award, which aims to encourage creativity in photography, strengthen the interest in the country’s cultural and historical heritage, and honor photography pioneers who contributed in developing photography inside Saudi Arabia. The total amount of the prize fund was 100,000 SAR.
Honoring the Winners of the Photography Contest
- Photography PioneersSharif Issa Ankawi
- Photography PioneersKhaled Khader
- Photography PioneersSaud Mahjoub
- Photography PioneersAli Al-Mubarak
The first round of the Colors of Saudi Photography Contest attracted 1,000 photographers who submitted more than 3,000 photos in the four categories of Nature, Urban Heritage, Saudi Faces, and Development. The jury chose ten winners overall who were responsible for 40 winning photos. Prince Sultan bin Salman awarded a total of 320,000 SAR to the winners. Winners of Photography ContestHonoring the Juries
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the SCTH, honored the members of the Colors of Saudi Contest juries which included a group of specialized jurors in photography and direction who were carefully chosen to guarantee the best choice of entries submitted according to the terms and criteria laid out by the organizing committee. The jury included seven local and international experienced jurors in the Colors of Saudi Arabia Contest 2012.
Photography Contest JuryThe Exhibition
The Colors of Saudi Exhibition 2012 included a pavilion for the participating and winning photos alongside pavilions for sponsors, exhibitors and photography-related entities. The public pavilions included one called Tourism History in the Kingdom which was dedicated to photos taken by Saudi kings during domestic tourism tours, with a special section for King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud; a pavilion for the Forum's patron Prince Sultan bin Salman as a photographer; and a pavilion for the exhibition Saudi Arabia in the World's Eyes for selected photos about the Kingdom taken by photographers from around the globe.
The official agencies’ pavilions included designated areas for the SCTH, Ministry of Culture and Information, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, King Abdul-Aziz, Saudi Wildlife Authority, Saudi Geological Survey, Saudi Geographical Society, and the Saudi Arabian Society for Culture and Arts.
It also included pavilions for photography associations such as Light Drawers, Middle East Photographers Club, the Beholder Arts, Light and Shadow Photography Group, and a number of pavilions for photography-related companies.The Scientific Program
The first round of the Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum held 17 workshops, featuring several experts in various photography fields with topics such as modern techniques in photography, photography for tourism marketing purposes, panoramic photography, and reading art works covered. The forums also featured a number of photography group success stories, journalistic photography and a discussion on the challenges that face Saudi photographers during the forum's four-day period. Access and participation