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Last modified: December 22, 2013 08:51:03.

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Students Show Major Photography Talent

Fatima Khamis was named the overall winner in QU's recent Photography Exhibition & Competition at a ceremony held on May 10 at the Sony showroom in the Lagoona Mall.
Fatima’s winning entry featured a boy looking out from behind a doorframe, his innocence and beauty captured in the shot.
The competition, organized by QU Photographic Society, was themed “Qatar, Through My Eyes”,  and drew entries from students across QU colleges.  It also produced winner of the popular student vote Reem Al Balouchi, followed by second- and third-place winners Ahmed Mohamed Hassan and Haya Al-Khulaifi.
The ceremony was the finale of the 4-day exhibition of photos that was held in QU Women’s Food Court.  It drew a large number of students and their families, members of the public, newspaper reporters and photographers.   Foundation Program Director Dr Khalid Al-Ali and Lagoona Mall owner and Chairman of Darwish Holding Mr Bader Darwish were among the attendees at the event.
Thanking the event organizers and Sony for sponsoring the competition, Dr Al-Ali stated that he hoped that QU and the company will continue to build on the ties forged through the photo competition.  He added further:  “We at QU make every effort and grasp every opportunity to encourage student creativity in many fields, and we are pleased that they are able to use photography as a powerful means through which they can express themselves”.
In his remarks, Mr Darwish stated that he was very impressed by the exhibition.  He went on to say that he is keen to sponsor the exhibition and competition for the next 10 years, adding that he would like to make calendars out of a collection of the best photos and distribute them to QU students.
Judges of the competition were portrait and landscape photographer Ms Lydia Shaw, Mathaf Arab Museum of Modern Art Head of Creative Communication Mr Jorell Legaspi, and Qatar Museum Authority consultant Ms Sylvie Van Roey. 
Commenting on the photos, Ms Shaw said: “I was impressed by the high quality of several of the student images entered in the competition. It was encouraging to see the number of submissions and the general enthusiasm of the students taking part in both the competition and the voting process.  Local students have a unique opportunity to creatively tell the stories of Qatar that visitors may not experience, and I look forward to seeing how competitions of this type can creatively challenge photographers to delve a little deeper with their imaginative story telling”.
The winning students expressed delight in the appreciation showed their work and talent by the judges and their fellow students.