Colors of Saudi 2014 For Saudis
Photography is the most effective means to project and develop tourism and document culture and heritage. Colors of Saudi Forum is organized for the third year as an annual forum that includes a national exhibition of photography, a short film contest, Saudi Colors Photography Contest, Mobile Photography, an awards ceremony, workshops and training courses.
This Forum is aimed at achieving SCTA’s role in increasing interest in the development of local tourism and cultural dimension of the Kingdom and also, to encourage professional photographers and creative artists to highlight Saudi Arabia’s cultural heritage, tourism experiences, nature, and Saudi faces.
Total Prizes: SR. 170,000
- Saudi Faces
- Tourism Experience
Total Prizes for each theme: SR. 110,000
The main topic of the third session of the Colors of Saudi Arabia Contest is “Cultural Heritage”. This contest coincides with the start of the implementation King Abdullah Project for Cultural Heritage, which aims to rise awareness towards protection, attention, rehabilitation and development of the components of national and cultural heritage, and making it part of the daily life and memory of the citizen, with the emphasis on national pride, and integrating it within the daily life of Saudi society. It also seeks to link citizen to his homeland through making history and heritage a living experience, as well as emphasize a sense of belonging among the youth. Other topics of the contest include: cultural heritage, tourism experience, Saudi faces, and nature. The following is a description of each of the four topics:
First: Saudi Cultural Heritage
Saudi Arabia occupies a very prominent position among the nations of the world due it being the cradle of Islam and home to the Two Holy Mosques. It is blessed by immense natural wealth and human resources. The elements of the national heritage that fall under this category are: antiquities, built heritage, handicrafts, and museums.
Scientists define antiquities as everything produced by human being, such as material elements or cultural products through the history and civilization that are older than 400 years. Artifacts are: fixed antiquities such as, housing, forts, temples, dams, wells, and rock carvings on mountain facades and cemeteries. Moveable antiquities: such as pottery, stone and glass utensils, ornaments, coins, and manuscripts.
Museums are the educational, cultural, and recreational non-profit organizations. They strive to educate and serve the community through collection, preservation, presentation and maintenance of cultural heritage and human history, and displaying these in interesting and enjoyable way so that the rising generation can understand the cultural heritage and civilization of nations that preceded it. As well as their nature of life, architecture, arts, practices, and tools and utensils they manufactured and used in their daily lives.
3- Built Heritage:
Built heritage is a fundamental symbol of human evolution through history, and expresses the capacity reached by man to overcome his surroundings. It is one of the most basic elements of heritage and distinct from other heritage elements with its physical existence; thereby unquestionably and indisputably reiterating the existence of civilizations of past generations, directly. It also highlights the sequence of experiences of cultural, social and religious values and highlights the architectural heritage of the Kingdom through a comprehensive picture of traditional architecture, reflecting local environmental conditions (climatic, geographic, and social) consistent with the needs of the individual and society in all the regions of the Kingdom.
Activities practiced by craftsmen utilizing the natural raw materials available in the local environment, and transforming them into products of variety of benefits contributing to certain needs and requirements of the community in general, and tourists in particular. These activities are based on the manual skills and intellectual level of craftsmen with the help of intrinsic necessary tools.
Second Topic: Tourism Experience
• All activities and moods of enjoyment performed and felt by a tourist during a given trip or tourism activity.
• A tourism experience includes: photos of individuals during their trips, and various tourism activities they undertake, like family outing in parks or on beaches, children playing in gardens or playgrounds, people on a boat trip or camping, festivals and exhibitions, or partaking in recreational sports, etc. But does not include professional photos like, portraits taken in a photo studio.
• Does not include religious acts or deeds such as the performance of Hajj and Umrah, as they are in no way whatsoever, considered as tourism activities.
Third Topic: Saudi Faces
These are photographs that capture the spontaneity of an individual or a group of Saudi people while practicing their daily routines. Facial and personal features must be apparent and reflect the diversity of lifestyles in the Kingdom as well as practices and traditions of the community members that are distinct and rich. It does not include professional photos like portraits taken in a photo studio.
Forth Topic: Nature
• Nature are the elements of the environment around us, not man-made, such as mountains, deserts, beaches, trees, fauna and flora, wild life, countryside, islands, seas and others.
• Category includes photos of natural sites, like beaches, deserts, countryside, meadows, mountains, and other similar landscapes that contain minimal human interference, such as buildings, farms, mechanical equipment, and other such manmade items.
• Gardens, parks, and artificial waterfronts are all manmade destinations and so weaken the power of nature image and, hence the chances of acceptance.
1- Photographers this year are advised against using photos previously entered in the past sessions of the Colors of Saudi contests.
2- Participate using photos of sites rarely photographed before.
3- The creative idea of the submitted photograph should not have been conceived by any other professional differently in the past.
4- Avoid extreme alteration and processing of photos. Photos should be as close to the original as possible.
5- We are looking for photos that will highlight Saudi Arabia’s rich tourism components.
6- Try and capture photos intelligently and with a creative perception avoiding any sites pertaining to visual distortion such as deteriorating, dilapidated or crumbling buildings.
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