Muscat: In an unprecedented achievement of its kind, Oman has won the 36th biennial Youth Photography World Cup organised by the International Federation for Photographic Art (FIAP) held in Cologne, Germany, according to Oman News Agency (ONA).
Oman was represented by the Photographic Society of Sultan Qaboos Centre for Culture and Sciences at the FIAP World Cup, a biennial event, where it won two world cups in the segments "under 16" and "under 21" years.
The FIAP is one of the biggest international photography organisations for amateur photographers, established in 1946 in Switzerland.
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In the under 21 segment, Oman scored 210 out of 300 points, pipping past Germany. In the under 16 segment, it scored 216 out of 300, pushing Italy to the second position. Among other teams which participated in the two segments were Austria, Slovenia, Cyprus, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Norway and Bosnia Herzegovina.
There were 10 members in Oman's under 21 team, each participating with one photo each in the World Cup. Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Hajri, Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Siyabi, Isra bint Saud Al Hinai, Anas bin Mohammad Al Dheeb, Thuraya bint Mohammad Al Sulaimi, Salim bin Abdullah Al Husaini, Suhaib bin Suleiman Al Manji, Abdullah bin Said Al Ruzaiqi, Ammar bin Ali Al Hudaifi and Mohammad bin Amer Al Shakiri were part of the under 21 team.
Similarly, the under 16 team also had 10 photographers who had one photo each. The team members were Ahmad bin Mahmoud Al Rahbi, Al Azhar bin Humaid Al Mashari, Bilqis bint Ahmad Qutaim Al Marhoon, Al Harith bin Zahran Al Shuaili, Raya bint Hamad Al Busaidi, Reem bint Hamoud Al Rashidi, Said bin Nassir Al Ghazali, Mohammad bin Hilal Al Amri, Mohammad bin Ali Al Hadifi and Yousuf bin Said Al Shuaili.
Oman also won three prizes in the individual photography competition. Anas bin Mohammad Al Dheeb won a gold medal and Thuraya bint Mohammad Al Sulaimi bagged a bronze medal in the under 21 segment. In the under 16 segment, Yousuf bin Said Al Shuaili won the bronze medal.
Lauding the achievements of Omanis at the Photography World Cup, Sayyid Ibrahim bin Said Al Busaidi, governor of Buraimi and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Photographic Society, said that Oman's experiments in gaining expertise in photography and creative skills has proved to be fruitful. He added that the Omani photographers were ahead of their counterparts from other parts of the world during the competition.
This historic achievement is a matter of pride for all Omani photographers and proves that Omani photography has gained technical perfection and as an art form, Ahmad bin Abdullah Al Busaidi, director of Photographic Society, said while speaking to Oman News Agency (ONA).