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6 February 2018 09:21 am

Aspire Zone Foundation launches Photography Competition at the Aspire International Kite Festival

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Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) is pleased to announce it will be launching a photography competition that will see amateur and professional photographers in Qatar compete for their chance to win valuable prizes and the honour of being crowned the 2018 Aspire International Kite Festival Photography Competition winner.

The competition will be held for the first time on the side-lines of the renowned Aspire International Kite Festival, a three-day spectacle that is taking place at Aspire Park for a second year running from 06-09 March. This year’s Aspire International Kite Festival promises to be one of the largest kite festivals in the world and is expected to attract thousands of visitors, so there’ll be plenty to capture across the three days.

The competition has been organised in collaboration with Qatar Photographic Society, opening the door to their membership of more than 1,000 professionals. It is also expected to attract hundreds of amateur photography enthusiasts across Qatar, with AZF allowing them to get closer to the festival action and capture it in all its glory through the artistic medium of photography.

Commenting on the competition with AZF, Ahmed al-Khulaifi, the Chairman of Qatar Photographic Society, said:  “We would like to extend the invitation to all professional and amateur photographers in Qatar and ask them to come and demonstrate their talents and capture this beautiful sport that connects Qatar’s diverse local communities.”

“Aspire Park is the perfect venue for this amazing festival and photography competition and we’re sure that those who enter and attend the festival will have no shortage of opportunities to capture some amazingly creative and colourful shots.”

"Aspire Park is also the perfect venue for photographers, with its vast open spaces and diverse landscape providing an ideal opportunity for photographers to use different lenses, angles and lighting throughout the day. We wish all of the entrants the best of luck and hope they enjoy capturing this amazing spectacle though the lenses of their cameras.”

Terms and conditions

The competition will be open to all who are 10-years-old and above. The competition will accept three to five high-quality photos without any watermarks or personal information on a CD in JPEG or TIFF 300 DPI format for each individual submission. The use of photo editing programs i.e., Photoshop shall be limited to minor colour touches. Conditions will be announced on Aspire Zone’s ‘Life in Aspire’ website and AZF social media websites.

Valuable prizes to top winners

A business class plane ticket to a destination of their choice will be awarded for the first place winner of the 2018 Aspire International Kite Festival Photography Competition. Second place winner will receive two economy class plane tickets, whilst third and fourth place winners will each receive a professional camera.

International kite fliers express their enthusiasm to return to Doha

Many international teams have expressed their enthusiasm for this year's event, including an Italian team who participated in last year’s festival who described their experience in 2017 as "unforgettable".

The Italian trio Aquilonisti Eolo Gubbio, Andrea Baffoni, and Moreno Lauri said “the first edition was a truly amazing experience” and that taking part in the festival and coming to Qatar for the first time ever was “so special as we were given the opportunity to meet so many amazing people.”

Meanwhile, the President of Singapore Kite Association, Wing Lee, whose organisation helped with workshops and presentations for students and public in 2017, said:  “Those who took part in last year’s event recognised the thrill and excitement of flying a kite immediately after construction in their workshops. Their radiant smiles brought immediate satisfaction to the instructors.”  

The returning French kite flier, Roger Tessa-Gambassi, who bagged the second place last year said what encouraged him to participate again was that he felt like he was taking part in a festival that “would one day become one of the world’s leading kits festivals.” The 2017 edition of the festival attracted over 40,000 people over the three days and the event has since become a milestone in Aspire Zone's successful annual events calendar. It reflects the organisation’s capabilities and expertise in delivering a unique combination of sports and entertainment.

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