His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdul-Aziz, President of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, opened the Colors of Saudi Arabia Forum, organized by the SCTH. The forum gained a special significance among creative projects in the Kingdom and the SCTH achieved their objectives in introducing the nation and its beauty and culture to the public, elevating the role of photos and tourism films in promoting domestic tourism, encouraging talented photographers, and creating promising opportunities in the tourism investment sector.
Honoring the Sponsors
The Colors of Saudi Forum honored the event’s sponsors and business partners who contributed by supporting 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
Prince Sultan bin Salman Award is the most prominent award for photographers in the Kingdom and Gulf States because it appreciates the efforts of the Kingdom's citizens and honors the talent and creativity in photography, production and books. The significance of the award is not only its association with the name of Prince Sultan, who has devoted much attention to photography inside the Kingdom through the SCTH, but also by the various agencies which each year work together to select the winners in the award's categories. The award’s total prize fund is 300,000 SAR, distributed among five categories.
Honoring the Winners of Photography Contest
Photography PioneersJarallah bin Abdullah bin Dakhil al-Hamad
Publications and LiteratureBook(masjedi hatha) by Amin Hamzah Al-Qusayran
Cultural HeritageMohamed Abdel-Ali Bou Hassan
Cultural Heritage Jalal Refaat Al-Misri
The fifth round of the Colors of Saudi Photography Contest attracted 1,630 photographers contributing 5,000 photos in the categories of: Saudi Arabia Today; National Heritage Landscapes Nature from the sky Peopel Choice; Saudi Arabia in the World's Eyes, and Smartphones. The total prize fund awarded was 740,000 SAR won by 30 photographers.
Winners of Photography ContestHonoring the Winners of the Tourism Films Contest
The previous Short Tourism Films Contest witnessed fierce competition among participants with a high level of quality in their submissions, in addition to attracting 200 participants who competed for five prizes with a total of 550,000 SAR in winnings. The Tourism Films Contest aims to develop and encourage the production of short tourism films, create competition between professional and amateur film producers, and support the talents to develop and produce short films about tourism.
Winners of Tourism Films ContestHonoring the Juries
His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman, President of the SCTH, honored the jury members for the Colors of Saudi Contest which included a group of specialized jurors in photography and directing who were carefully chosen to guarantee the choice of the best works submitted according to the terms and criteria laid out by the organizing committee. Ten local and international experienced jurors assisted in the Colors of Saudi Arabia Contest 2017.
Photography Contest Jury Tourism Short Films JuryThe Exhibition
In 2016 the Colors of Saudi Exhibition was marked by an increase in the number of participating entities, which reached 141, and varied between governmental agencies, private companies, individuals, associations and photography clubs. It also encompassed a number of distinguished pavilions, such as the government pavilions covering the Kingdom's history, heritage, culture and civilization, university pavilions alongside areas dedicated to photography groups and Saudi professional photographers.
The Scientific Program
The Scientific Program for the Colors of Saudi Forum 2018 was an important component of the forum. It contributed significantly in developing photographer and filmmaking skills. It involved 11 lectures on photography, films and fine arts by more than 30 local, Arab and international speakers.
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